Christmas is over and you’re probably thinking about making some healthy New Year resolutions. While there are no quick fixes in diet and fitness, there are health products out there that can definitely give you a kick-start.
Here are some of latest and best on the market, with our review for each one.
They Say: Protein Water Co, the award winning innovative British brand behind the UK’s first natural protein infused waters, has launched Protein Water Co Skin Maintenance.
Naturally protein-rich collagen water designed to support healthy hair, skin, nails, joints as well as improved sleep and metabolism. Delivering beauty in a bottle, the Protein Water Co Skin Maintenance range feeds the skin from within by providing a hit of the highest quality form of hydrolysed collagen available.
Every 500ml bottle combines the highest quality collagen protein with spring water, delivering a clear, crisp and refreshing taste with absolutely no nasties. It has a clean and GMO-free ingredient profile with no added sugar, zero fat, and absolutely no artificial sweeteners, flavours, colours or preservatives. Available in two unique varieties: apple and strawberry and purple grape.
We say: This has a subtle taste, similar to other flavoured waters on the market. It does contain a slight smell which is probably due to the protein. This was not very noticeable however and did not seem to influence the taste.
It contains 10g of protein per bottle so is ideal for drinking before or after the gym as an extra protein boost. At just under 50 calories per bottle, it’s also ideal for those who are dieting as it’s not going to break the calorie bank.
The drink tasted even more hydrating than regular water and I felt more energised after. I didn’t notice any other major benefits but if I was using regularly, it is likely to increase in effectiveness. Overall, it’s definitely worth a try, even just as an alternative to your usual drink. I’d give it a 3/5 rating.
Price: RRP of £2.35 for a 500ml bottle. proteinwater.co
They say: A great-tasting superfood drink powder in single-serving packets for on the go convenience.
Super Greens provides an instant boost of nutrition and contains Perricone MD’s proprietary NRF2 Antioxidant Support Complex™ as well as probiotics, and phytonutrients. Infused with natural fruit flavours, Super Greens is an easy, enjoyable way to get the vitamins and minerals that you need to perform at your best.
D.R Perricone’s Nrf2 Antioxidant Support Complex™ helps activate antioxidant pathways, allowing these improved age-fighters to better preserve youthful skin.Nutritional Benefits – One serving of Super Greens includes:
- As much Vitamin C as 4½ tangerines
- As much Vitamin A as 2 cups of lettuce
- As much Riboflavin as 4 cups of spinach
- As much Vitamin B6 as 4 bananas
- As much Folic Acid as 4 cups of papaya
We say: This product had quite an earthy taste but was not unpleasant. It worked well when blended into a smoothie with lots of fresh fruits to balance out the flavour. It came handily packaged as 30 in a box so it’s easy to take on the go when in a rush.
At just 15 calories for sachet, it’s a great option for those trying to keep their calories low whilst getting in a lot of nutrients. I definitely noticed an improvement in my skin whilst taking; I was much less prone to breakouts. My digestion also improved and was much more regular. At £58 it’s not something that I would purchase regularly but it’s great for a quick boost after a period of overindulging. I’d give it 4/5 rating.
Price: £58 for 30 sachets. Perriconemd.co.uk
They say: BetterYou believes in using botanical and mineral combinations that work effectively together. The formulations are designed to be safe introductions to better health maintenance and most products are suitable for those on a vegetarian, vegan, diabetic and coeliac diet. No products or ingredients used have been tested on animals.
All products are gluten free, wheat free and lactose free. No added sugar, colours, yeast or preservatives.
Magnesium Original Flakes provide you with the most relaxing body or foot bath you have ever experienced. A single addition of 250g into a bath will contain an average of 30g of elemental magnesium, absorbed directly through the skin, feeding every cell and replenishing magnesium lost through exercise and the pressure of modern life.
Magnesium Skin Body Butter is a deeply rich, intensively moisturising body butter containing a perfect balance of skin kind ingredients. The formulation contains a nourishing blend of BetterYou Magnesium Oil with shea butter, cocoa butter, coconut oil and vitamin E to create a unique skin experience.
We say: The Magnesium flakes were very pleasant to use. I added 250g to a bath and could feel that my muscles were relaxing and my skin was being rehydrated. I got out of the bath feeling completely relaxed and my skin was lovely and soft. This would be particularly beneficial to use after a tough workout to ease sore muscles as I could feel the effects almost instantly.
The Magnesium skin body butter was a nice creamy consistency and absorbed easily into my skin without making it greasy. My skin felt supple and smooth after application. It was a great way to compliment the bath and I’d recommend using both products together for best results. I’d definitely continue to use both of these products on a regular basis, particularly as they are so reasonably priced. I’d give both a 5/5 rating.
Price: Magnesium Original Flakes currently on sale for £2.62 (usually £3.49). Magnesium Skin Body Butter is currently £7.46 (usually £9.95). betteryou.com
They say: Ultimate Blend Oil is a cold extracted blend of seed oils. This vital source of polyunsaturated Omega 3, 6 & 9 essential fatty acids, is a perfected blend of flax, sesame and sunflower seed oils, as well as oils from evening primrose, rice germ, oat germ and coconut.
Certified organic and unprocessed, this oil blend is low in saturated fat and cholesterol. It is cold pressed in a light and oxygen-free environment to preserve nutrient integrity. As our body relies on correctly balanced quantities of Essential Fatty Acids to function optimally, this blend has been formulated to contain an ideal 2:1:1 ratio of Omega 3, 6 & 9 fatty acids.
Gluten and fish-free, Ultimate Oil Blend is suitable for vegans and is ideal for adding to dips and spreads, blending in a smoothie, drizzling over veg, pouring over cereal, mixing with prepared pasta or even being used to make salad dressings and mayonnaise. It has a nutty flavour.
We say: Consuming this oil blend on a daily basis has made me feel more alert and energised. There’s a sense that my body feels healthier. I have noticed an improvement in less aches and pains and my skin seems clearer. Although it has a nutty flavour, I find the taste unpleasant and so I blend with my smoothie in the morning. I would rate as 4/5.
Price: Currently on sale for £29.99 (usually £30.99) from discount-supplements.co.uk