The Supplements To Know About in 2020
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With new pills and powders popping up left right and centre, the world of supplements can be confusing. Should you be taking them? Which ones are worth buying? Do they actually work? To give you a helping hand, we’ve sifted through to find some of the best supplements on the market.
Reparative Beauty Dose, 111SKIN
Best for skin
111SKIN is a clinically-inspired skincare brand founded by leading Harley Street cosmetic surgeon Dr. Yannis Alexandrides. All products are designed to replicate in-clinic treatments, the core ingredient being Glutathione, a powerful intracellular antioxidant which boosts the immune system, detoxifies the skin and delays the ageing process. It’s found in their famed Reparative Beauty Dose supplement (£85), along with Vitamins A, C and E – all known to help maintain skin health and vitality.
Best for an all-round health boost
Founder Lucy Goff turned to nutritional science after a six-week battle with septicaemia left her at rock bottom. ‘I saw several Harley Street physicians. Each prescribed a different course of treatment, but none had any effect. My lifestyle was very healthy, and I was taking high quality supplementation, but I still felt like I was running on empty,’ she recalls. But in 2014 she met Dr. Paul Clayton, who prescribed her a new protocol – and within one month she was back at work, full of energy. She left her job in public relations and set out to create the ultimate all-in-one supplement, and that’s where LYMA began. Launched in 2018, LYMA is flying the flag for evidence-based nutrition – as Lucy explains: ‘LYMA only uses peer-reviewed, patented ingredients which are all properly characterised (i.e. identified), standardised and shown in published clinical trials to be effective.’ Potential benefits of the supplement include better skin, improved memory, stress reduction and reduced allergy symptoms. lyma.life
Best for maintaining youth
In recent years, scientists have discovered a direct link between falling NAD+ levels (a coenzyme found in all living cells) and ageing in humans. This means NAD+ boosting supplements have a whole host of benefits, including activating anti-ageing pathways, restoring genes back into their youthful configuration, boosting energy metabolism, promoting healthy brain and cardiovascular function and repairing aged DNA. The supplements come in a variety of different forms, including tablets, gels and powders. nadlab.uk
Best for personalised supplementation
Health experts are predicting bespoke supplements will take off this year, and new Swiss vitamin company Bioniq is leading the trend. After an initial blood test specialists will create a personalised supplement based on what your body needs, which is then delivered to your door in a named bottle. The supplements – which come in granule form – can be mixed into smoothies or sprinkled on salads, and are designed to be taken morning and night. But the service doesn’t end there: after an initial month on the service, you’ll have another blood test to see how things are working, and any necessary adjustments will be made. Welcome to the future…bioniq.com
Best for gut health
Aliza Marogy turned to supplements after becoming disillusioned with medication while suffering from an autoimmune condition. ‘A year later I was confirmed in remission – a combination of diet and supplements had fixed me where drugs had failed,’ she says. Later, as a clinician, she set out to create her own products, and so Inessa was born. The brand has garnered a cult following since launching its essentials range two years ago, made up of three core products: the Advanced Daily Multivitamin, the Advanced Omega 3 Fish Oil, and the Advanced Probiotic, claimed to be the most clinically researched probiotic in the world. They recently introduced a new product: Inessa Advanced Biotic Complex, a unique blend of probiotic strains, scientifically proven to support health for IBS and IBD patients. It’s blended with the non-pathogenic yeast saccharomyces boulardii – the only product available globally with this formulation. inessawellness.com
Best for hair
A naturally derived hair growth supplement, Viviscal has attracted the attention of salon experts around the world since its creation, as well as a whole host of A-listers – Karlie Kloss, Reese Witherspoon and Hailey Bieber, to name a few. It also has strong scientific backing: in one study, 75.3 per cent of participants reported a significant decrease in hair loss. The company created its signature growth-boosting formula back in the 80s, following a Scandinavian study which discovered the beautiful hair of the Inuits was a result of their marine protein-rich diet. Viviscal’s star ingredient is its trademarked AminoMar marine complex, which is a blend of sustainably sourced shark cartilage, fish oil, mollusk powder and silica – all of which have hair strengthening properties. viviscal.co.uk
Performance Lab Sleep
Best for better sleep
Struggle to get enough shut-eye? Get a helping hand from Performance Lab Sleep, an advanced sleep aid designed to help you fall asleep faster and extend the crucial deep sleep phase. It’s made with 100 per cent natural ingredients, including Montmorency Tart Cherry, a source of melatonin which complements your natural sleep cycles. The capsules are made from fermented tapioca and infused with prebiotics, so they’re great for digestion too. performancelab.com
Mind Lab Pro
Best for brain health
An all-in-one brain supplement designed to boost all aspects of cognition, Mind Lab Pro is composed of 11 research-backed nootropics, which are natural substances that improve brain function. It’s recommended by neurologists including Dr. Paul Nussbaum, with benefits including sharper focus and clarity and enhanced mental energy at work. uk.mindlabpro.com