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It is good to know that you now get a great quality extra strength supplement support at your local supermarket at reasonable prices.

The Red SealHigh Strength range is just a little different from the average supplements in the supermarket, with:

  • Easy to swallow capsules
  • Most in veggie caps and suitable for vegans
  • All high quality
  • Higher doses; for when you need it the most
  • A Reassurance that they are New Zealand made
  • Most are One-a-day doses


Bilberry worth more than a glance  -High Strength Bilberry 20,000 mg

This is a little berry that has been used medicinally for centuries to support healthy blood vessels and the eyes. Traditionally it is used to help tired eyes, and to support night vision.

This may not be surprising as the eyes are made up of so many tiny blood vessels! This blue/purple pigment found in the berries is where the strong antioxidant called anthocynaosides exists. This compound is important to help build strong blood vessels and support circulation to all areas of the body. In addition, it helps to support and maintain the flexibility of red blood cells, allowing them to pass through the capillaries and supply oxygen to retinal pigments that allow the eye to tolerate light.

Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) is a native plant grown in America, but unfortunately it is not grown in New Zealand. Luckily you can still get the benefits of this little berry with High Strength Bilberry 20,000 mg capsules.


Starting the Spark –High Strength Co-enzyme Q10

Co-enzyme Q10 helps spark the energy in every cell and is vital for the repair and maintenance of the body.  Large stores of this important nutrient are primarily in the major organs of the body (heart, liver and kidney) and muscles.

Co-Q10 is also found naturally in many foods, such as spinach, broccoli, sardine and mackerel, but the problem is that as we age, our natural ability to synthesize Co-Q10 from foods drops. Consequently, a gradual deficiency of Co-Q10 develops over time. Couple with this poor eating habits, stress, and infection, all negatively impact the body’s ability to provide adequate amounts of Co-Q10.

Co-Q10 studies since the 1960’s have shown it to be effective for supporting a wide range of conditions. It has become a popular supplement for sports people for energy, stamina and muscle recovery.

Co-Q10 is vital in all areas of the body and dentists have identified that people with lowered Co-Q10 levels are more likely to be affected by oral health issues.

It is recommended that you take a minimum of 200 mg Co-Q10 to support hearth health or if you are taking cholesterol lowering medications such as statins that interfere with the body production of Co-Q10.

High Strength Co-enzyme Q10 at 300 mg per capsule is an effective dose for those who need it the most.


The Great Seed -High Strength Grape Seed Extract 30,000 mg

The fruit of the grape vine have held an important role in ancient times, and we now know that it’s not just the fruit but the seeds that benefit mankind. These small seeds contain potent antioxidants; Oligomeric proanthocanidins (OPC’S) that help protect our cells against free radical damage. OPC’s support the health of blood vessels and a healthy circulatory, vascular and lymphatic system.

One of the main relationships it has is the bond with skin protecting the collagen and elastin helping keep it youthful and wrinkle free.


The Moving Complex -High Strength Glucosamine Complex

Our sedentary lifestyle often means that as we age our flexibility can decrease with joints getting stiff and tired. Sitting, walking, running, bending and moving all involve our joints functioning well and the aging process can result in joints that feel like they are a rusty piece of machinery that needs oil to function. Movement is important not just for our physical health but our sense of mental and emotional wellbeing as well.

If we were a machine, a mechanic would use a few drops from an oil can to ensure the metal parts start running smoothly. In humans this is a little harder. But there are nutrients that can help lubricate our joints, support our flexibility and mobility. It is not a quick fix, but certain nutrients and herbs have continually shown their effectiveness in helping to keep us mobile.

Red Seal’s High Strength has selected and blended innovative ingredients to help you get moving again. Glucosamine Complex combines ingredients that help support joint, ligament, cartilage and bone health; Marine collagen, proline and boron together with spices ginger and turmeric that support comfort and normal joint function and flexibility.


Supplementary to a balanced diet.  Always read the label.  Take only as directed.

Endeavour Consumer Health, Auckland.

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Six ways to battle Joint Stiffness

Joints photo

Joint stiffness is an almost inevitable part of aging, but the good news is that there are many ways to support joint comfort and joint health.

What is joint stiffness?

Joint stiffness occurs when joint cartilage wears away and bone rubs against bone. Not surprisingly, this can affect your quality of life and how active and fulfilled you feel.

Six supplements that can support joint health:

  • Red Seal Glucosamine, Chondroitin & Calcium
  • Red Seal Omega 3, Glucosamine & Chondroitin
  • Red Seal Krill
  • Red Seal Krill with Glucosamine & Chondroitin
  • Red Seal Fish
  • Red Seal Magnesium Forte



This is a natural substance found in healthy cartilage. A supplement will provide you with the building blocks to help repair cartilage wear and tear. Most people find one supplement (1500 mg per day) will benefit their joints.

Note: Diabetics or the hypoglycemic should be cautious when taking glucosamine as it is an amino sugar and if you have a shellfish allergy this supplement may not be right for you. Always check with your doctor.

Always read the label and use as directed. Supplementary to a balanced diet

Chondroitin sulfate

Chondroitin is a molecule that occurs naturally in the body. It acts like a “liquid magnet”, helping to attract fluid into the joint and make it more resistant to compression and movement. Again, this is often a shellfish-based supplement, so if you have an allergy to shellfish it may not be right for you.

Always read the label and use as directed. Supplementary to a balanced diet


Studies have shown that the actives contained in fish or krill oil, EPA and DHA, can support joint mobility and comfort. If you’re not a fan of oily fish such as salmon, you can try adding chia seeds (rich in omega-3s) to your diet. Supplements are also a great way to increase your omega-3.

Always read the label and use as directed. Supplementary to a balanced diet


Boron may be key to maintaining and preserving levels of calcium. Research has shown that in areas where boron can be easily absorbed into the local diet, the number of people with joint issues is usually low. But New Zealand soil is low in boron so this is a common deficient mineral for many Kiwis. Since it’s not present in many foods, an easy fix is to take Red Seal Vitamin D3 with boron and selenium.

Always read the label and use as directed. Supplementary to a balanced diet


Magnesium is important for uptake of calcium and is also vital to help those tight, tense muscles to relax at night. Foods rich in magnesium include dark, leafy greens, avocados and bananas.

Always read the label and use as directed. Supplementary to a balanced diet

Vitamin D

In March 2009 a Mayo clinic study showed that patients with low vitamin D levels had lower joint comfort than those with adequate levels. Ask your doctor to check your vitamin D levels. It’s known as the sunshine vitamin but is also found in cod liver oil and supplements such as calcium and magnesium.

Always read the label and use as directed. Supplementary to a balanced diet

Did you know?

As there is no direct blood supply to your cartilage (that’s why it is white), it does take some time for supplements to have an effect. So be prepared to be patient and consistent – give them a go for at least six to eight weeks.

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