Supplements Overview: Frequently Asked Questions
Written by Kay Ali
22 Dec 2020
We’ve compiled a list of Q&As that gives you overarching information about our supplements range – formulated by expert nutritionist, Kay Ali1. Think of this blog as a great starting point for understanding our supplements overall, before deep-diving (if you’d like to) into the details of each of our formulas.
How can you guarantee that supplements are effective?
You have to consider what each product is claiming. Are the claims approved by the European Food Safety Authority? Are the actives researched? Can the supplemented substance be absorbed in its current form? Are the actives delivered in a compound that is not only stable, but can easily be taken up by tissues or be easily transformed into compounds that do? This is the ultimate goal of nutrition – for a cell to take a substance in and use it to support a function. This is how well-formulated supplements support your health.
Not all supplement brands use the most bioavailable compounds – it’s often cheaper not to. And not every company has a clinically experienced expert formulator to help.
Are the supplements suitable during pregnancy?
BiOmega 3, …Like Sun, Collagen Super Powder and SuperGut are safe for pregnant women to use. However, if you have been prescribed Aspirin or any other blood thinning medication throughout your pregnancy, you will need to consult with your prescribing doctor regarding BiOmega 3, as the combination is contraindicated. We do not recommend Perfect Daily if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, due to its Vitamin A content. Excessive Vitamin A has been linked to foetal abnormalities. We do however recommend that any supplements you’re considering taking throughout your pregnancy, or while breastfeeding, should be discussed with your licenced healthcare professional first.
What should I do to optimise the benefits of my food supplements?
Take Perfect Daily with food every morning and always keep your body well hydrated. The B Vitamins and Vitamin C are water soluble, which means they need water for dissolving.
Ideally, regular intake of our Collagen Super Powder would be combined with a Mediterranean diet that is rich in colourful vegetables and oily fish. (Based on epidemiological studies in the Blue Zone regions of the world – these are considered the healthiest regions in the world with the longest life spans – I believe that your goal should be to eat approximately nine vegetables a day, so three with each main meal.) The government sets a target of 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day. Similarly, individuals in Blue Zone regions consume between 2-4 portions of oily fish a week. The government recommend 1 portion per week – however you can supplement it by taking your BiOmega 3 daily too2.
Alongside taking …Like Sun every morning, it is still recommended that you spend around 20 minutes in the sun (but stay sun safe!). If you’re in the UK this should be between 11-2pm from March to September. But keep in mind that if it’s overcast or you’re living in a high smog city with tall buildings, your ability to make Vitamin D3 may be compromised.
We advise taking four BiOmega 3 softgels a day. You can take them all together in one go or split them apart. It’s really about fitting them into your routine for consistency. You can take them on an empty stomach, but absorption is better supported when taken with food.
When taking our SuperGut supplements, the super sensitive should start with 1 a day and after 7 days increase to 2 capsules a day for 3 months.
Are there any medications these supplements can’t be taken with?
If you’re on medication, please check with your licenced healthcare professional who prescribed them for any contraindications before you start. If you have been prescribed Aspirin or any other blood thinning medication, you will need to consult with your prescribing doctor regarding BiOmega 3, as it is contraindicated. Always consult a licensed doctor or healthcare practitioner if you have an existing medical condition before taking supplements. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, we recommend that you don’t take Perfect Daily due to its Vitamin A content.
Are these supplements specifically designed for women?
They are designed for everyone (women AND men) aged 19+.
Food supplements should not be used as a substitute for a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle
Davis et al. Definition of the Mediterranean diet: a literature review. Nutrients 2005; 7,9139-9153