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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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Age is but a number!

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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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Flush out the Toxins

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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 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

 

A Natural Cleanser – High Strength Celery

Aging brings with it the need to support healthy blood pressure, joints, flexibility and for some of us maintaining healthy uric acid levels is also important. Celery seed (Apium graveolens) extract has become a popular ingredient for the body experiencing these issues. Traditionally used to support the elimination of uric acid from kidneys, it  supports fluid balance and the elimination of toxins.

A plant constituent known as 3-n-butylphthalide, (3nB) is thought to be responsible for the flavour and smell of celery, and researchers have linked this as the active component of celery that supports fluid balance and joint mobility.

 

Crank it up with Cranberry – High Strength Cranberry

Cranberry is perhaps best known for its part in supporting urinary tract health. The high level of proanthocyanidins (PACs) in cranberries discourages adhesion of bacteria to the urinary tract walls. Many people find that Cranberry juice is full of sugar which is not recommended for urinary tract health so taking a cranberry concentrated extract makes sense as there is no sugar added. Triple the strength, Red Seal High Strength Cranberry is the potent urinary tract support for when you need it the most. Other benefits of Cranberry believed to come from the proanthocyanidans in the fruit, include boosting the immune system and aiding oral health.

 

Thistle power – High Strength Milk Thistle

Considered a weed in many areas this powerful herb has been used for thousands of years to support liver, gall bladder and kidney function. The active constituent of the plant is silymarin which helps to protect against a number of environmental toxins, drugs and even alcohol. Milk thistle helps the liver work with the two phrase of detoxification and this is why it is considered so important. With our western diet and tendency to overindulge in rich fatty foods, Milk Thistle is a must to ensure your liver works to the optimum to help you live better.

 

Think Zinc! – High Strength Zinc Complex

It is one of the most common mineral deficiencies according to the World Health Organization, nearly one in three of us just not getting enough.  Most people associate zinc with prostate health – but it is so much more than that.   Zinc is vital for an incredible two hundred functions in the body! This mineral deficiency can slowly erode our enjoyment of food, with a declining sense of smell and taste.  Thinning hair, acne and poor healing  have been related to a lack of zinc .

Certain groups of people are at higher risk of low zinc intake; strict vegetarians, those with malabsorption  problems such as Celiac or inflammatory bowel conditions, breastfeeding mothers, those with allergies, rheumatoid arthritis,  diabetics and alcoholics.

With a combination of three forms of Zinc, Red Seal’s High Strength Zinc Complex is formulated for absorption and bioavailability, combining key ingredients Manganese, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C and Selenium further enhance absorption.

 

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

Endeavour Consumer Health, Auckland.

 

 

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Immunity support to help fight off the nasties

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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 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

 

Immune Defence -High Strength Immune Defence

The most complex system in the body is the immune system. It is constantly working to protect us from invaders day and night. With our busy lives, we are constantly surrounded by pathogens that test us. The immune system is only something we become aware of when there are chills and ills in the body, feeling tired,  a scratchy throat and blocked nose, or a feeling of a full scale war in our body. Traditionally herbs such as Echinacea, Garlic, Pau d’Arco, Elderberry and Andrographis have been used to help support the immune system for the upper respiratory tract. Immune Defence also combines Vitamin C, bioflavonoids and Zinc to enhance the herbal synergistic actions and further support the immune defences and recovery from those winter threats.

 

Multiple Good Guys -High Strength Probiotic 50 billion

Not all bacteria are bad! Some bacteria are there to help protect us, and they live inside us.   They boost our immune system, protect against disease and aid in the digestion of food. When antibiotics, stress, or infection create imbalance by killing off the healthy bacteria in our gastrointestinal tract, then it is more likely that harmful bacteria may overwhelm our system.  This can lead to poor overall health and a variety of developing health issues. What are these good guys?  Probiotics!

High Strength Probiotic 50 billion capsules are a high dose multi strain of eleven probiotics especially selected to be able to move through the high pH of the stomach and continue to the digestive tract, and other areas such as the vagina and urinary tract. Thus helping to repopulate and colonize healthy bacteria in the right areas. Many people notice that when the digestive system is working better, their sense of wellbeing and mood also improves.

Being shelf stable,High Strength Probiotic 50 billion is ideal if you are home or travelling as there is no need to refrigerate them. Ensure you are back to health by including a multi strain Probiotic daily.

 

Be Complex –High Strength Vitamin B

If you are feeling run down and fatigued B complex may be what you need. B vitamins have a number of different functions in the body. B’s are responsible for many aspects that contribute to our well-being; including energy conversion, cognitive function, mood, healthy hair, skin and nails, detoxification, cholesterol balance, digestion, hormonal, nervous and reproductive systems.

Being deficient in some B vitamins such as B12, or Folic acid can lead to some critical health conditions that can make you feel tired and worn out. Different types of vitamin B all come from various types of foods. Most are water-soluble and it is critical that we replenish our daily intake. B vitamins work as a family and are synergistic so best taken together as a group. Large doses of any one single B may have no therapeutic value, or worse, cause a deficiency in another B vitamin. It is recommended that B vitamins are taken in a “complex” form, or if a single B vitamin is taken for a boost, that it is accompanied by a B complex or multi vitamin supplement.

Certain health conditions can result in a poor absorption of B vitamins, a poor diet with a high intake of processed foods, sugar and alcohol will mean the body will have a greater need for B Vitamins. Taking oral contraceptives, antibiotics, and sleeping pills also increases the body’s demands of B vitamins. Certain population groups, such as older adults and pregnant women, need larger amounts of some types of vitamin B.

 

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

Endeavour Consumer Health, 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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Serenity time with herbal support

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Go faster… work to deadlines, fit in extra over-time, play referee with the kids (as they are about to kill each other), keep calm (in the middle of peak hour traffic with crazy drivers either side of you), clean the house (as the in-laws are coming), remember to bring in the washing off the line, cook healthy meals (that everyone in the family likes… if not, sort out two different meals), weed the garden before the triffids reach the front door… juggle, rush, organise, balance – the busy mind repeats lists of jobs and problems… Smile and remember to keep calm, just before you scream!

In our fast paced society, we pack as much into our days as possible trying to balance the demands of our families, work and living, which means prolonged pressure. This can result in becoming worn out, over-stimulated, overloaded, over-tired and wound up.

Balancing these demands with other physical stressors such as eating food with less nutrient value, too much sugar, allergies, toxic chemical overload, stimulants such as caffeine, lack of exercise and lack of sleep can put emesis pressure on our nervous system and bodies. Fatigue, tension, insomnia, depression, irritability and increased time with stress and worrying are the body’s overload signals that we need to take steps to rest and restore. 

Undoubtedly, one of the most important ways to create a healthy nervous system, reduce the ill effects of stress, nervous exhaustion and anxiety is to rest, meditate, enjoy time out (listening to music, arts and crafts, reading), sleep and eat well. Dealing with these issues daily will help our body to relax, unwind, heal and repair especially when we sleep. If we can sleep (or if we are lucky – go on a holiday) we can remove ourselves from the daily urgencies for a while.

Nature gives us some herbs when we need extra help:

In nature’s natural toolbox of healing there are herbs that can help soothe, calm and nourish the nervous system. These can be used when needed without fear of addiction or dependency. They are mild and gentle in their activity and generically called “Nervines”. Nervines are commonly used by herbalists when supporting the body from anxiety, over-excitement, tension and sleeplessness. Nervine herbs include; valerian, catnip, passion flower, skullcap, St John’s Wort, lemon balm and chamomile. These herbs are commonly available as a herbal infusion, tablet or capsule supplement, or as tincture.

 

  1. Executive Stress B* for tension and stress

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

 

  1. St John’s Wort with soothing herbs* to support body and mind

A supplement for those who need a lift with nervine herbs that support both body and mind – St John’s Wort, Gotu kola (Centella asiatica) and Ginkgo (Ginkgo billoba). Non-addictive, it can help when you need some emotional or stress support.

 

  1. Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis)* for insomnia, anxiety and concentration

A popular herb to help with insomnia, anxiety and improving mental concentration. It has a refreshing lemony flavour making it a popular herb in some teas.

 

  1. Valerian root (Valeriana officinalis)* for a good sleep

One of the gentlest herbal sleeping remedies; it enhances the body’s natural process of slipping into sleep and making the stresses of the day recede. For people who do not need as much sleep as they once did, it also eases lying awake in bed, ensuring that it becomes a restful and relaxing experience. This is often as re-vivifying as sleep itself, and indeed all that is necessary in more cases than not.
Valerian has demonstrated decidedly relaxing properties in clinical trials. For example, in three separate sleep tests (two of them double-blind), people who received a valerian preparation fell asleep up to 50% faster and had a sounder, more restful sleep than people in the placebo group.

 

  1. Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)* for preventing nightmares

Has a variety of uses, the most important being its soothing, calmative effect. It has been traditionally used as a preventative remedy for nightmares.

 

  1. Catnip (Cataria vulgaris)* for humans…

Has mild sedative properties and is often used to alleviate nervousness, sleeplessness, and nervous headaches. And yes, it is the same plant that drives cats into fits of ecstasy just by the mere smell of it.

 

  1. Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata)* for tranquillising

In the best sense of the word ‘tranquillising’. The extract is effective in treating disturbed sleep patterns due to worried and excited nervous states. Additionally, Passionflower is effective in allaying anxiety, irritability and tension.

 

  1. Skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora)* for nervous conditions

Traditionally used as a sleep promoter, skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora)* has also been used to assist those with nervous conditions, ADHD, nervous headaches and nervine pain.

 

These herbs are available as herbal teas that can be enjoyed any time of day, but often make a wonderful night cap as they are caffeine free and help promote rest and relaxation of the body and mind.    

 

Red Seal herbal teas:

Chamomile tea

Relaxing tea

Sweet Dreams tea

 

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

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