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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.

The Best Supplements For 2021

Best for acne

Kallistia Acne

Kallista Acne

Often referred to as the natural alternative to prescribed drug Roaccutane, Kallistia Acne Cleanse works to alleviate acne and clear the skin. It blends traditional herbal ingredients with vitamins and antioxidants, including Vitamins A and C for cellular renewal, wolfberry for collagen production and burdock root for soothing inflammation and reducing redness. All these work together to prevent breakouts and reduce large pores, with results typically being seen from 30 days onwards. kallista.com

Best for an all-round health boost

LYMA

 

LYMA supplements

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

Oskia Lactoferrin+

Lactoferrin

The new supplement from skincare brand Oskia has a whole host of benefits, thanks to two key ingredients. It contains Lactoferrin – a natural, biologically active glycoprotein – which is anti-inflammatory, iron regulating, skin healing and, crucially, antiviral, as well as L-Glutamine, the most abundant amino acid in the body which works to boost immune support and help the digestive system. This means Oskia Lactoferrin+ is great for skin, gut and oral health, as well as for our immune systems. £64 for 60 capsules. oskiaskincare.com

Best for dry and sensitive skin

pellamex

Pellamex

Prone to eczema – or battling with dry skin as a result of this incessant cold weather? Try pellamex, an innovative food supplement designed for sensitive and irritated skin. Originally researched by Dr Neil Gibbs, pellamex strengthens and restores the skin using a natural amino acid which acts as a key building block for filaggrin, a crucial skin barrier protein. Unlike creams and lotions, this supplement reaches the entire skin area and results in more hydrated, healthier skin. £49.99 for 30 sachets. curapella.com

Best for nutrition

Indi

Indi

From fibre to Vitamin D, many of us have nutrition deficiencies – which is where Indi comes in. The supplement brand describes itself as ‘a comprehensive and simple nutritional toolkit’, containing a whole host of powerful plant-based ingredients such as adaptogens and nootropics. Indi Body, for instance, is an antioxidant packed with prebiotic fibre designed to bring the body back into balance by supporting digestion, stabilising mood and and reducing inflammation. indisupplements.com

Best for mood

MOOD, The Nue Co.

Mood, The Nue. Co

Mood does what it implies on the glass jar… stabilises your mood. A natural supplement chokka with Ashwagandha (Indian ginseng, clinically proved to assist with cortisol management and stress relief), Vit B12 (keeps the nervous system healthy and releases energy from food) and Vit D (perfect if you’re in lockdown and not getting enough sunshine), it’s for when things feel out of sync. The vitamins also aid the metabolism of serotonin, dopamine and melatonin — helping with relaxation and balancing pandemic roller-coaster emotions. Not a happy pill, but near enough. 30 capsules for £30, uk.theneuco.com

Best for biohacking

bioniq BALANCE

bioniq Balance

Health experts are predicting biohacking will take off this year, and 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, when 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 of biohacking. bioniq.com

Best for maintaining youth

NAD LAB

NAD LAB

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 gut health

Symprove

A tried and tested favourite with legions of loyal fans, Symprove is a water-based food supplement based on an extract of germinated barley with live and active bacteria to improve your gut health. You take a cap full in the morning 10 minutes before eating or drinking (it tastes delicious, too) and this gluten-free, FODMAP-friendly, vegan supplement gets to work on supporting a healthy gut microbiome and supporting healthy digestion and overall health. A healthy gut can help support a stronger immune system, improved energy levels, better sleep, glowing skin and improved overall wellness. Get started with a 12-week course and you’ll definitely notice a difference. symprove.com

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Your Super

Your Super Gut Feeling Bundle

Plant based superfood supplement company Your Super makes an array of plant-based protein and superfood mixes to boost health and immunity. Perfect for adding to juices and smoothies for a super-simple health kick, they have programmes designed for female health, energy, detoxing and immunity. Their gut feeling superfood mix contains six ingredients that help support optimum digestive health. Celery Powder is an anti- inflammatory, Jerusalem Artichoke is high in fiber and inulin, Lemon Balm helps reduce bloating and gas, Lemon neutralises stomach acids and help regulate digestive enzymes, Ginger contains protease, a digestive enzyme responsible for the primary breakdown of proteins, and Apple, a rich source of pectin. So much simpler than hours of juicing; just mix with water or throw into your juice or smoothie to help support a healthy gut. (We’d highly recommend the Moon Balance as a female-focused hormone balance supplement, too.) Your Super Gut Feeling Bundle, from £78.90, yoursuper.eu

Kalla

Kalla supplements

Named after the Swedish word for ‘source’, brand new probiotic supplement Kalla packs some impressive technology into three targeted powders. World-leading bioengineers helped design the formula, which takes a gut-first approach to untangling the side effects of modern life; specifically digestive imbalance, immune function and chronic stress. Feeling a little under the weather? For Immune Health tackles symptoms of the common cold, using extensively researched bacterial strains fortified with Vitamins D3, B12 and folic acid to strengthen the intestinal wall (which in turn, supports immune function). If the constant pinging of emails and post-Covid socialising rush and is bringing on the blues, try Repair, the first supplement of its kind clinically shown to reduce stress by lowering the fractalkine marker, a key culprit in that strung-out feeling at the end of a long week. For old fashioned gut balance and a healthy intestine, For Relief is your best friend. This clever little supplement packs in plenty of L. Plantarum DSM 9843 which strengthens the gut wall and has been clinically proven to relieve symptoms of IBS, bloating, gas and stomach pain. Simply sprinkle over cold food, add your smoothie or mix into water and you’re good to go. £49 or £39 for a 30-day supply via subscription service. kalla.com

Inessa

Inessa

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 tailor-made support

VitMedics

VitMedics is a personalised nutrition service that provides bespoke recommendations of what food/supplements you need based on scientific analysis of your age, lifestyle, diet and, importantly, whatever medications you’re on.  You’ll click through an online quiz nailing the above and highlighting any pills that you’re popping (it picks up common drugs that affect nutrient absorption, and has a database that includes 3000 oral licensed meds). Five minutes to fill in a questionnaire to sort out your health seems a tall order. But your data is analysed and your recommended ‘prescription’ (from evidence-based research) is soon emailed over, along with links to studies which back up the recommendations.  You might be sent as many as seven brown paper packets of supplements —emblazoned with your name—from peppermint oil to probiotics. Tailor-made supplements can be a bitter (and expensive) pill to swallow. But this is a life-improving service, no snake oil here. Certainly it’s the one to opt for if you’re on medications. Average cost for a one-month supply is between £16-£20. vitmedics.com

Best for better sleep

Performance Lab Sleep

Performance Lab 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

Best for brain health

Mind Lab Pro

Mind Lab Pro

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

Best for immunity

Altrient C

Altrient C

As we enter the season of colds, flu and Covid, immunity boosting should be top of the agenda, which means ramping up the intake of Vitamin C. Unlike your typical capsule, powder or fizzy tablet, Altrient moves the good stuff directly to cells through the scientifically proven liposomal delivery method, bypassing the digestive system. Taking it is as simple as adding a sachet to a glass of water, which makes it a most effective way to ensure the correct levels of this essential vitamin. altrient.com

Best for teens

Leapfrog Remedies

Leapfrog-Autumn

Children over 12 will love these yummy, chewable tablets – no water required and no giant, scary pills in sight. The new to the market brand maintains immune support through naturally derived ingredients, all the more important for the winter months ahead. leapfrogremedies.com

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