Do Supplements actually benefit us at all or is taking them a waste of time and money? I am most certainly no expert and despite lots of claims and tests saying they don’t, I personally feel better when I’m taking them.
I wrote a post on this subject over a year ago and it has since been one of my most viewed blog posts, without it actually containing much information… so thought I would give a little more in-depth update post this time 😉 (Also I would just like to point out that I’m not sponsored by Boots it’s just they have fab 3 for 2 deals on their vitamins and I always end up picking up a few bottles when I’m wandering the isles).
First up we have Starflower Oil, Rich in Gamma Linolenic Acid which is an essential omega 6 fatty acid, and important to keep us ladies running at a stable emotional level, if ya know what I mean 😉 Starflower oil (also known as Borage oil) has a much higher concentration of GLA than Evening Primrose Oil and is therefore a little more effective but also more expensive. I was taking Evening Primrose Oil for quite sometime before I switched over to these and never noticed any difference in my moods but I have seen a huge improvement since swapping, I generally feel a lot happier and actually more focused and productive. I noticed this most when I forgot to take them over the weekend and ended up a crying heap over something ridiculous come Monday.
I take a high dose of Vitamin C & Zinc in a soluble form most days and I’m going to go ahead and jinx myself by saying this is the reason I haven’t had a cold in the past few months. I like to take it as a drink as I feel it helps me get another glass of water down and I also remember to take all my other supplements at the same time, the fizzyness of the drink helps me swallow those god awful huge Starflower capsules too. More importantly Zinc is like a 24-hour, on call skin mechanic which is excellent at helping heal skin and has been shown to be useful in dealing with acne and alleviating the inflammation & scarring.
I have yet to find the perfect fish oil capsule that will cure all my skin ailments and give me a glowing complexion but for now I’m taking two of these Cod Liver Oil capsules each day to give me some much needed omega oil fatty acids. I keep meaning to pick up some really high quality/high dosage omega oils from Holland and Barrett’s but the 15+ price tag always puts me off.. next time they have a penny sale I shall be there! When you pick up your fish oils look for ones with a higher milligrams count of EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) as this is what benefits our skin, regulating oil production and boosting skin hydration.
My most recent addition to the clan has been Vitamin E. An antioxidant that protects and promotes healing within our skin. We can find Vitamin E naturally in things like nuts and seeds, egg yolks and leafy green veg but I wanted to see if taking these would help heal some particularly stubborn scars on my cheeks. I haven’t been taking these long at all yet so only time will tell if they’re doing any good.
Lastly I have these herbal acne relief tablets that caught my eye. They contain Burdock Root which is supposedly good as keeping our systems clean and helping the liver do it’s job to detox our system; something that may help if you suffer from acne. Blue flag is used to treat inflammation while Sarsaparilla is also helpful at detoxing the blood and cleaning up our system. I admit I took about half of the box and then completely forgot I had these so didn’t notice much difference but these things take a long time and any little help is better than nothing.
I certainly an no health expert and I’m not saying taking these supplements will cure your skin problems, but I am saying it is just as important to look after your insides as it is your outside… eat healthy, drink lots of water and hope for the best!! 🙂
Do you take any supplements and have you seen any improvement