This month, SLOAN! has been trying health supplements to see if their claims stand up to scrutiny. We are sent numerous supplements and health foods every week and not all of them are good enough to make it passed our dedicated review panel to be featured on SLOAN! Here is a selection of some of the best supplements we have tried.
This is the UK’s first lingonberry supplement. Lingonberries contain the antioxidant lycopene and high levels of polyphenols. The supplement helps manage blood sugar levels and supports healthy weight loss. What’s great about this supplement is that it is caffeine free which is refreshingly different from other weight loss alternatives out there at the moment.
This powder combination of creatine, magnesium, B vitamins and minerals provides energy and electrolyte support. Taking the supplement once a day mixed with liquid can help reduce tiredness and fatigue in addition to contributing to electrolyte balance and promoting normal muscle function. It has a great tasting fruity flavour and is more interesting to use than simply swallowing pills.
This is an iron supplement for athletes and active people. Iron deficiency has the same affect as over-training or under-resting. Each sachet contains the recommended daily amount of iron. This has a pleasant apple taste and we like the added Vitamin C which increases the absorption of iron in addition to supporting energy metabolism and contributing to a healthy immune and nervous system.
Zenbev is a clinically proven naturally organic beverage made from pumpkin seeds which stimulates the melatonin production required to promote a healthy restful sleep. When taken during the day, it promotes a balanced mood and emotional stability as the natural source of tryptophan is converted into serotonin. We like this product because it is organic and is supported by a wealth of clinical research to support its claims.
5-Hydroxy Tryptophan (5-HTP) is a natural precursor to serotonin, the neurotransmitter that affects mood, sleep and appetite. Sometimes called the happy hormone, serotonin deficiency can lead to depression. This 5-HTP Complex helps maintain a healthy calm mood and sleep pattern. We were impressed with the high potency of 100mg 5-HTP and the fact that it is 100% vegan.
This food supplement is made from dried, cold-milled leaves which are grown naturally in West Wales. The special recipe of selected grasses contains a powerful anti-oxidant that is known to regulate the circadian cycle, helping ensure a restful sleep without disturbing vital sleep architecture. We like this supplement because it is 100% natural and contains no artificial colours, flavours or synthetic fillers.
These tablets claim to aid a good night’s sleep using Passion Flower as the active ingredient. Potter’s Herbals have been used for over 75 years and have stood the test of time because they are based on a long-standing traditional herbal remedy. Although the claims are based on traditional use only, what we like about these supplements is the fact that they are uncoated and can be chewed or sucked by those who find tablets difficult to swallow.
Valerian has long been used traditionally to help promote restful sleep and calm the mind. These tablets are a traditional herbal medicinal product used for the temporary relief of sleep disturbances and mild anxiety. We like these supplements because they contain high strength root extract of 300mg which is equivalent to 1500mg of Valerian root.