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6 reasons to take our Vita Fizz effervescent tablets

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It is so easy to understand the reason why effervescent tablets are becoming such a popular way to take a supplement. Pop the tablet into water, watch it dissolve and drink!

Why we love them:

  1. Our range does not contain aspartame, sulphites or artificial colours or flavours.
  2. Many people find swallowing tablets or capsules difficult and a chore, especially if they have swallowing problems or psychologically they just can’t get that thing down!
  3. Because it has already dissolved and in a liquid it is fast and easily absorbed without the stomach having to break down a tablet or capsule.
  4. Red Seal has a variety of effervescent tablets with mouth-watering natural flavours such as Wild Berry Magnesium, Orange & Mango Perform, Blackcurrant Immunity and Lemon Hydrate.
  5. Not just a supplement, it is a pleasant way to increase your fluid intake.
  6. Effervescent tablets are gentle on the digestive system as they are in a pH stomach friendly form, ideal for those with a sensitive stomach.

Best of all – Red Seal’s Vita Fizz tastes so great you will look forward to taking it every day. The question is with four new effervescent tablets; which one will you try first?

Vita Fizz Perform – is a blend of B vitamins, Vitamin C and essential minerals that help you maintain your energy throughout the day.

Vita Fizz Immunity – 1000 mg of Vitamin C with 200 mg Echinacea extract and zinc to help support your immune system when you need it most.

Vita Fizz Magnesium – 180 mg of elemental magnesium to help ease and soothe your body tension and help prepare you to relax.

Vita Fizz Hydrate – with all the essential electrolytes, this is ideal on a hot day or for those who need to recover after exercise or illness.

 

Always read the label and use as directed. Supplementary to a balanced diet. Red Seal, Auckland.

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Give yourself a boost

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Many of us fail to get the recommended amounts of essential vitamins and minerals we need each day.

Modern living can put many strains upon the body and sometimes diet is not enough to ensure we are coping. A good multivitamin is a form of insurance, providing a balanced intake of the key minerals and vitamins needed to support bodies and minds. However, there are times where we might be short of a particular mineral or vitamin and need to consider something a bit more specific.

Listen to yourself

The great thing is that the body usually tells us what it needs, we just have to be alert to the signs. It may be as simple as sticking out a tongue in front of the mirror. If it has a tremor this indicates a need for magnesium. A metallic taste in the mouth can indicate a zinc deficiency. Feeling tired all time? Perhaps it’s time for an iron supplement. “Red Seal has some great products to help you to be the best you can be and to live your best life,” says Julie Fergusson, Red Seal’s Naturopath.

 

Make it a multi

Red Seal multivitamins for men and women are great products that contain a balanced blend of the vitamins and minerals necessary to support a busy lifestyle.

 

‘I feel exhausted’

If you are feeling constantly tired, your hair and nails are brittle and you seem to pick up bugs easily you might benefit from Floradix Iron Tonic. Floradix is a completely natural source of iron, with herbs and minerals that assist absorption.

 

Natural soother

Tense muscles, difficulty sleeping? Want support for normal blood pressure? You may need a magnesium supplement. Try our High Strength Magnesium 800mg.

 

A zinc boost

Some of the more common symptoms of a zinc deficiency include loss of or diminished smell and taste, poor wound healing, hair loss, roughening of skin/rashes, low libido in men, canker sores, lethargy, and deformed nails. Look at High Strength Zinc Complex (it’s good for both men and women) or our Zinc, B6 & Magnesium formula.

 

Kindervital for kids

If you are concerned whether your offspring are getting all the nutrients they need, Kindervital for Children provides nine essential vitamins and calcium for healthy bones and teeth, together with herbal extracts to maintain healthy digestion. A single daily spoonful of delicious Kindervital will ensure your children receive all the nutritional support they require.

 

*Always read the label and only take supplements and herbs as directed and if you are taking any medication please check with your health adviser. Endeavour Consumer Health Ltd, Auckland

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High Strength – The Magic of Magnesium

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

The Red Seal High 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

 

Deep Sleep – High Strength Deep Sleep

Sleep is the panacea of all ills and usually only becomes a problem when you repeatedly can’t get to sleep or have a restless sleep.  Sleep problems affect day to day functionality; your mood,  ability to focus, weight and immunity.  Supporting the body’s ability to sleep naturally and in a non-habit forming way is important for total peace of mind. Formulated with ingredients that support both relaxation to get to sleep but also help stay asleep throughout the night. Deep Sleep is formulated with two forms of Magnesium, (aiding muscle relaxation and helping ease nervous tension), along with Tart cherry (to support our sleep/wake cycle), Passionflower, 5-HTP and L-tryptophan to relax the body, mind and support a good night’s sleep.

 

The Magic of MagnesiumHigh Strength Magnesium Complex

Muscle tension and stiffness, stress, worry, poor quality sleep, and much more.

Magnesium deficiency can be caused by a number of factors, but the main culprit is usually low dietary consumption or eating or drinking those things that deplete us such as sugar, coffee or even poor absorption. Stress and intensive exercise are other common factors that can deplete your body of magnesium.  Magnesium is one of the seven major minerals that the body needs in relatively large amounts (Calcium, potassium, sodium, chloride, potassium and phosphorus are the others).  Found in green leafy veggies, sometimes we just don’t get enough and our bodies constantly need more due to our busy lifestyle demands.

Magnesium is also most like a magical mineral as the body needs it for so many functions.  In fact, it is necessary for every major biochemical process; digestion, protein synthesis, cellular energy production and glucose metabolism. Magnesium is also needed for bone strength, muscle strength and heartbeat, as well as the functioning of the nervous system.

 

Always read the label and use as directed. If Symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.

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The Keys to Calm

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Life sometimes gets just a bit too fast and furious. When it does, nature comes to the rescue with a stash of stress-relieving herbs.

 

 

What happens when the going gets tough? We generally keep calm and carry on. But while a “can do” approach to life is admirable, it carries a downside. It’s called burnout, and it happens to just about everyone. All of us are aware of the consequences of too much stress. But knowing we should relax and slow down when things start getting out of proportion isn’t the same as being able to do it. Just how do we continue to live life to the max without maxing out? One way is to support our nervous systems.

 

A herbal insurance policy

Undoubtedly one of the most important ways to reduce the ill effects of stress, nervous exhaustion and worry is to sleep well and eat healthily, meditate and enjoy time out – whether we like to listen to music, immerse ourselves in a hobby or just bury our nose in a good book. Dealing with issues daily helps the body to relax, unwind, heal and repair, especially when we sleep. But sometimes we need extra help. Nature’s toolbox of natural healing contains herbs that can help soothe, calm and nourish the nervous system, and they can be used when needed without fear of addiction or dependency. They are mild and gentle and generically called “nervines”. Nervine herbs include valerian, catnip, passionflower, skullcap, St John’s wort, lemon balm and chamomile. These herbs are commonly available as a herbal infusion, tablet or capsule supplement, or as a tincture.

 

B for getting better

Red Seal Executive Stress B* is a combination of nutrient support such as B vitamins, minerals including magnesium, iron, zinc and iodine, and nervine herbs like skullcap, passionflower and valerian. This is an ideal combination for those who have tension linked with fatigue and exhaustion that may be linked to nutrient deficiency. When we are stressed, vitamins B and C and a number of other nutrients are in high demand by the body.

 

Make it magnesium

Red Seal Deep Sleep Magnesium* is a powerful blend of magnesium, l-tryptophan, 5-HTP, passionflower and tart cherry to support a deep and restful sleep. The supplement also helps to calm the mind and ease stress.

 

The tried and true

Red Seal St John’s Wort with Soothing Herbs* is a supplement for those who need nervine herbs that support both body and mind – St John’s wort, totu kola (Centella asiatica) and ginkgo (Ginkgo billoba). Non-addictive, the supplement can help when we need some emotional or stress support.

 

Put the jug on…

Herbal teas can be enjoyed any time of day but often make a wonderful nightcap, as they are caffeine-free and help promote rest and relaxation of the body and mind.

 

Sleep on it

Lemon balm, valerian root, chamomile, catnip, skullcap and passionflower are herbs traditionally used to soothe worry, calm the mind and support both rest and sleep. A cup of Red Seal Chamomile, Relaxing or Sweet Dreams tea is a great way to support your nervous system at any time.

 

*Only take supplements and herbs as directed and if you are taking any medication please check with your health adviser.

 

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Six ways to battle Joint Stiffness

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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

 

Glucosamine

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

Omega-3

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

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

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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Let’s give thanks

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Appreciating what we have, rather than despairing over what we don’t, is one of the keys to a happy and healthy life. We take a look at a few things for which to be grateful.


HEALTH IN A TEA CUP

Here’s to a pick-me-up that’s truly good for you. Sitting down for a cup of tea can be a tiny oasis of calm in the middle of a stressful day. And when you fill your mug with Red Seal Green Tea or Red Bush Tea you get an extra shot of antioxidants – just three cups a day are enough to yield a therapeutic dose. Antioxidants fight free radicals, which can damage the body and lead to illness, hence a diet full of antioxidants is one of the best ways to improve your health. Bonus: if you drink both teas (Green and Red Bush), that’s even better as you are getting a mix of different antioxidants. Let’s be grateful for such an easy and delicious health boost.

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AN EASY RESET BUTTONActivated Charcoal

We’re fortunate to live in a country where good food is plentiful – but sometimes we’re guilty of overdoing it. For those times when your digestion needs some TLC, we’re lucky there’s Red Seal Activated Charcoal to the rescue. It’s made from medicinal-grade carbonised coconut shell which acts as a sponge to absorb substances (such as toxins and bacteria) in the large and small intestines before passing harmlessly through the body. This simple treatment can be your go-to first-aid treatment for upset stomachs and it’s also a lifesaver for irregular bowels and even food poisoning.


THE POWER TO CHANGE

While big health issues may have the power to overwhelm us, the good news is that we have the ability to fight back. Winter is not far away and with the change of seasons often comes unwellness. But it’s possible to strengthen your own immunity. As well as eating an optimal diet and staying in shape, there are some simple products that can help your body resist illness. Olive Leaf, Vitamin C and Zinc, B6 & Magnesium are Red Seal’s special trio of resistance builders. It’s so easy to start the family on these at the first sign of a sniffle – or, better yet, before it even happens!


A NAME YOU CAN TRUST

At Red Seal we’re thankful for our history and legacy. The company was founded in 1923 by English naturopath William Anderton, who operated from a small shop in Symonds Street, Auckland. Today we are still family owned and operated. We love being a New Zealand company and making products such as toothpaste, which was formulated right here by one


WRITE DOWN YOUR THANKS

One simple way to be happier is to start a gratitude journal. Every day take a note of the big and small things you appreciated. Soon it will become second nature to look on the bright side and get a well-being boost.


By Julie Fergusson, Red Seal Naturopath

Always read the label and use as directed. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.

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