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Supplements you never knew you needed

Chloe Lawrance
Writer and expert2 years ago
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Boost your {wellbeing} and discover new staples for your capsule wardrobe with this edit of under-the-radar supplements. Firm in the belief that self-care starts from within, we've carefully curated an edit of the unsung {supplements} that are the perfect way to initiate some healthy habits...

Well on its way to becoming your skin’s new BFF, {HUM Nutrition’s} Clearly Besties kit is the do-good duo blemish-prone skin is calling out for — all at a saving of 20%. These days the link between gut and skin health is no secret, and this savvy set combines two of HUM Nutrition’s most effective supplements utilising this link. First, there’s Skin Squad, which utilises prebiotics and probiotics (aka the ‘good bacteria’ those noughties yoghurt adverts were always harping on about) to protect and feed your gut’s microbiome. This in turn helps to clear your skin by boosting it’s health and ridding it of blemish-bringing bacteria. Next up is Daily Cleanse, which is powered by 13 detoxifying ingredients (think: chlorella, copper and alpha lipoic acid amongst many others), to target breakout-inducing toxins and promote your skin’s natural clarifying processes. Clear the way for blemish-free, glowy skin.

Bringing our love of mushrooms out of the dark and into the light, KIKI Health’s {Organic Lion’s Mane Mushroom Extract} bottles the antioxidant abilities of the unique fungus. Spore or less a staple in traditional Chinese medicine, the edible mushroom has a long history of use, perhaps due to its high level of bioactive substances and believed benefits for the body and mind. Made with 100% pure, organic lion's mane mushroom extract, these capsules are nutritionally dense, to say the least. The formula is derived from 100% fruiting bodies to guarantee a richer presence of these nutrients: from polysaccharides (beta-D-glucans) and diterpenoids (erinacines A-K, P and Q and hericenones A-H) to phenols. Suitable for vegans and vegetarians, you'll be glad to know these supplementary capsules are also made without artificial colours, preservatives, sweeteners and fillers.

Harnessing the most bioavailable form of turmeric, Solgar’s {Full Spectrum Curcumin} is packed with beneficial flavonoids and curcuminoids – both plant-based antioxidants that help to shield the body from free radical attack. Used for centuries in Ayurvedic traditions because of its numerous health benefits – primarily its perceived ability to boost brain function – this super-charged form of curcumin can withstand the impact of stomach acid, making it able to benefit all of the body. 185 times more bioavailable than standard curcumin, these superior capsules are free from both gluten and dairy and one-to-two daily can help to protect from the harmful effects of aggressors.

Not a supplement in the traditional sense, but a surefire way to support your everyday wellbeing, The Nue Co.'s {Magnesium Ease} is a lavender and arnica-infused magnesium body spray that helps to relieve muscle tension and melt your stress away. Alkalising the body, magnesium helps to restore the body’s natural pH balance, reducing lactic acid, which is partly responsible for delayed onset muscle soreness (aka, post-exercise pain!) A necessary electrolyte for proper hydration, magnesium also helps to hydrate the body, minimising tightness and cramping. Used medicinally for centuries, arnica oil is great for treating the pain and swelling associated with bruises, aches, pains and sprains, while lavender oil imparts a blissful, tension-relieving scent. If you've been overdoing the virtual barre or pilates classes, this one is for you!

Harnessing the most bioavailable form of turmeric, One Ocean Beauty's {Marine Collagen} is a powerful nutricosmetic designed to combat skin ageing from the inside out, coupling nutrition and cosmetics. Inspired by a Mediterranean diet, these supplements feature hydrolyzed marine collagen sourced from deep water fish using Blue Biotechnology (a lab-controlled process that bioferments marine microorganisms to obtain high-quality, high-performance, non-GMO and sustainable, natural molecules while preserving the environment and marine life, as there is no harvesting or large-scale extraction). With a superior absorption rate, fish collagen (I and III) is combined with vitamins, nutrients and essential fatty acids to combat irritation, inflammation and oxidative stress which lead to premature ageing.

The closest thing you can get to a time capsule for your skin, Rejuvenated Ltd.'s {Veggiecol} is the vegetarian alternative to the brand’s bestselling Collagen Shots. Collagen synthesis starts to slow down at around age 25 (eeeeek!!!) and reports show that by the time you hit 45, collagen levels have fallen by as much as 30% – which is where these skin-boosting supplements come in. Combining a unique, patented extract of collagen, hyaluronic acid, açaí berry, plumping hyaluronic acid and vitamins B and C, these tablets work to promote softer, smoother skin.

Chloe Lawrance
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