Be Supplement Savvy

BREAKING NEWS – according to the National Diet and Nutrition Survey, we as a population are pretty deficient in key vitamins and minerals. Yep, lacking in iron, vitamin D, magnesium, potassium, selenium and fish oils to name a few, we are guzzling way too much soda, sugar, saturated fat and salt.


Yeah, yeah. Tell us something we don’t know' - we hear you cry.

Well, here at Inner Me, we wish to give you more than just another survey with ever-so customary statistics. We wish to raise awareness about one rather common, modern-day affliction … stress. Why? Believe it or not, a daily dose of the ‘S-Word’ makes your body’s nutrient demands increase significantly. That means that we need to consume even more than the daily recommended allowance. Did you get that? Even MORE than what’s recommended.

So, with the survey reporting that less than 15% of us are managing to consume our 5-a-day, and the majority of us living hectic lifestyles, our ability to maintain optimum health from our diet alone is a near impossible challenge. And, the longer we continue to ‘survive’ on poor nutrition, the longer we live damaging our immune systems, weakening our organs, and risking a depressed mental state.

And don’t forget that beauty from within makes for a beautiful outside! It will not only be the inner you that suffers, but your hair, nails, skin and eyes. Want to delay the aging process? Vitamins and minerals are the key. Put plainly, think ‘Inner Me for the Outer You’ too!

That’s why supplements can offer a great support. But how do you know what is right for you? How can you guarantee that you are reaping the maximum benefits from your efforts? Luckily for you, we have outlined our #InnerMeTips below (you can thank us later!) to help you look and feel the best you can possibly be (because life is for living, not just existing!)


Rule One – Quality Counts!

Absorption is key! The nutrients in your chosen supplement formula should be absorbed, retained and utilised to the best of its ability. The more nutrient dense the better. Look for bisglycinates and citrates in your formulas and stay the hell away from cheap oxides. Love your Inner You so stick to quality ingredients. Also look where your supplements are made. IM supplements are made in the UK to GMP standards…that’s pharmaceutical standards to you and I.

Rule Two – As Nature Intended!

At IM our philosophy is that supplements are exactly that: a supplement to a healthy diet as an insurance policy to ensure that any gaps in our diets are filled and that our bodies have all those essential nutrients to help attain optimal health. We are passionate about the science behind our formulas and want to ensure that the level of nutrients we use are at the relevant levels your body may require. As a matter of fact, we use more than the recommended daily allowance for some nutrients (for example, Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D) where we believe your body would benefit from a higher dose (but always safely within any safe upper limit). We may also use less than the RDA for other nutrients we believe you can obtain easily from your diet or where other forms of absorption are more effective for your body such as magnesium…we love a bath with magnesium salts.   

Purity is also a must. Here at Inner Me, we say no to nasties, and are all about pure and simple goodness. Look for ‘cold pressed’ fish oils, and supplements without any additives, preservatives, or hidden sugars sourced from un-ethical origins. At IM we use vegetarian capsules with no fillers and binders for the majority of our products, which means the capsules only contain the pure active ingredients. When it comes to our multivitamin we want to ensure that our unique formulas pack a punch and tick off all of those essential nutrients and that the nutrients are time released to perfection for optimum absorption. To ensure we can do this we use a tablet, which means we need to use some excipients that are crucial to the accurate manufacturing of our tablets. These ingredients are inactive which means they provide little, if any, nutritional value to the body but rest assured any excipients Inner Me uses are approved by the Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain.

Rule Three – Personalise!

Your supplement plan should be as unique as you. We all have different nutritional requirements especially at different stages of our life, so tailor your supplement to help you reach your own, personal health needs (believe us - being selfish isn’t always a bad thing!).

Beautiful nutrition; simple intelligence – it’s that easy. Your power is in the present moment; you have the ability to shape your world regardless of your past. So, start today and seize the supplement we say, to set the foundations for a fit, fab, flawless future!

GLOSSARY

B Vitamins: a family that work like a team. They play an important role in almost every biochemical process that occurs in the body, from support of the normal function of the nervous system (B12) and the contribution to normal mental performance (B5), to the support of normal heart function (B1) and the reduction of tiredness and fatigue (B6). But the important thing to remember is they are water soluble and need to be replenished through our diet on a daily basis.

Calcium: Needed for the maintenance of normal bones and teeth.

Chondroitin sulphate: Naturally present in our bodies and is an important component of cartilage.

Chromium: Stable levels of sugar are needed by the body. Chromium helps to maintain normal blood glucose concentrations.

Co-enzyme Q10: A naturally occurring nutrient that is present in all cells and highly concentrated in the energy-intensive cells of the heart. Often referred to as the 'biochemical spark plug' due to its essential role in the production of energy.

Copper: A mineral. It is found in many foods, particularly in organ meats, seafood, nuts, seeds, wheat bran cereals, grain products, and cocoa products. The body stores copper mostly in the bones and muscles.  Copper contributes to the absorption and transportation of iron throughout the body.

Evening Primrose Oil: A rich and natural source of the polyunsaturated fatty acid known as gamma linolenic acid (GLA). GLA is an omega 6 essential fatty acid found primarily in plant fats and is referred to as essential since it cannot be synthesised in the body and must therefore be supplied by the diet.

Fish Oils: Pure Omega 3 products are higher in these fatty acids and help you to achieve these beneficial levels more easily, often in a one-a-day capsule omega 3 fatty acids DHA and EPA. In the right daily amounts these fatty acids support brain and heart health and the maintenance of normal vision*.

Iodine: The tiny amounts of iodine needed by the body play a vitally important role in our health and wellbeing. Although needed by the body in only tiny amounts, Iodine contributes to:

  • Normal thyroid function and normal production of thyroid hormones.

  • Normal energy-yielding metabolism.

  • Maintenance of normal skin.

Iron: A key component of haemoglobin, the substance in red blood cells that carries oxygen from the lungs throughout the body. Insufficient levels of iron can affect many areas of your health and result in symptoms such as dizziness, tiredness and a lowered immune system. Iron is one of the most common nutrients at risk of deficiency amongst people of all ages and of both sexes. Women of childbearing age are at particular risk, with approximately 8 per cent of women in the UK being diagnosed with anaemia due to a deficiency in iron. Vegetarians are also at risk of iron deficiency as red meat is one of the richest sources of iron in the western diet. Each tablet contains 100% of your nutritional reference values (NRV) in the ‘stomach friendly’ bisglycinate form, which helps to prevent some of the common side effects associated with other forms of iron supplementation such as nausea and constipation. Where we use iron we use the ‘stomach friendly’ bisglycinate form, which helps to prevent some of the common side effects associated with other forms of iron supplementation such as nausea and constipation.

Lactospore 15 Billion: is a live bacteria culture. Live bacteria cultures are taken by thousands of people wishing to support their digestive health. Supplementing the natural, positive bacteria found in the digestive system is increasingly popular.

For more information on Lactospore please visit: http://www.sabinsa.com/products/faq/lactospore/

Marine collagen: A material derived from the substance found on fish scales, in our case from cod. It has been widely used in Japan for many years as a natural supplement. People who use this substance claim it has various benefits, which include healthier bones and skin.

Manganese: An essential trace mineral that is required in small amounts to manufacture enzymes involved in many body processes including the enzyme superoxide dismutase (SOD). This enzyme ‘soaks up’ free radicals, which can cause tissue damage. It is also involved in the production of cartilage as well as being required for the development and maintenance of healthy bones and for normal nerve and immune function.
Rich sources of manganese include wholegrains, nuts and vegetables.

Magnesium: This plays a number of important roles in the body including contributing to the maintenance of normal bones and teeth. 

MSM: A naturally occurring sulphur. This sulphur compound is a vital element used by your body everyday for the production and regeneration of many tissues including muscles, bones, hair and skin. It is also a key structural component of glycosaminoglycans, which are the major building blocks of joint cartilage

Omega 3: Oily fish is a rich source of the omega 3 beneficial fatty acids DHA and EPA. The UK Government recommends taking at least 450mg of omega 3 daily. In the right daily amounts these fatty acids support brain and heart health and the maintenance of normal vision (more than 250mg of EPA/DHA).

Selenium: A trace element found in the soil. Selenium is only required in very small amounts, but plays a number of vital roles in our body. Selenium is an antioxidant, which helps protect cells against oxidative stress.

Vitamin A: This occurs in nature in two forms as retinol and as carotene. Retinol is preformed vitamin A and is only found in foods of animal origin such as liver and fish oils and is produced by animals from beta carotene. Beta Carotene is found in green vegetables and carrots and our bodies are also able to convert it into vitamin A. Over 90% of the body’s vitamin A is stored in the liver. Vitamin A is needed for:

  • healthy skin and tissue  

  • the mucous membranes of the lungs, throat, nose and mouth

  • a healthy immune system

  • healthy, moist eyes and vision  

  • the formation of blood, bones and teeth

Vitamin C (also known as ascorbic acid): A water-soluble vitamin, which means that the body is unable to store it so a regular intake is essential. As well as contributing to the normal function of the immune system vitamin C also contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue and normal collagen function.

Vitamin D: A very popular supplement and linked to lots of recent positive research, and for good reason. The body needs vitamin D in order to absorb calcium, for the normal function of the immune system and also for contributing to normal muscle function. All the Vitamin D supplements in our range are made using the D3 form (also known as cholecalciferol) as opposed to the synthetic D2 version, as it is the natural form of vitamin D that your body makes from sunlight. Research tends to show the D3 version as being far superior to the D2 version.

Vitamin E: is found in a wide range of food sources including plant oils, nut and seeds, wheat germ, meat, eggs, and vegetables; and contributes to the protection of cell constituents from oxidative damage.

Zinc: is one of the most important minerals used by the body and is mostly found in high protein foods such as meat, fish (in particular shellfish), nuts and seeds. The body does not produce or store Zinc so a regular supply in the diet is required. Zinc has many functions within the body. For example it is recognised for its contribution to the normal function of the immune system as well as contributing to normal fertility and reproduction.