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March: An Update

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Yesterday, having literally just got back from America, I sent this update to the VH Addicts and I am more or less replicating what I wrote to each of them.

We are living in very strange times and all we can do is continue to be pragmatic in our advice and support. With so many conflicting views and information on COVID-19, all I can say right now is that we have to take each day as it comes and do the best we possibly can under the circumstances.

Since the beginning of VH time, we have always recommended taking immunity supplementation from the first day of autumn until the first day of spring, but obviously our advice would now be to continue taking supplementation for the foreseeable future. In and of itself, this is creating issues as a global shortage of raw ingredients means we have to adjust the products we recommend almost on a daily basis.

I am vehemently against fear-marketing and we have been bombarded with manufacturers ‘peddling’ ineffective products with huge claims. They have no place on our site and it’s all I can do not to explode with anger at the blatant exploitation, so with our feet firmly rooted on the ground, the following words and recommendations from Shabir:

Daily Immunity

For those of you who have Daily Immunity, take one capsule twice a day ongoing. Daily Immunity contains a comprehensive range of vitamins, minerals, herbs and probiotics all known to boost the workings of the immune system ensuring that there are sufficient white blood cells to destroy bacteria and viruses. The major anti-viral herbs within Daily Immunity are oregano leaf and elderberry.

Daily Immunity is currently out of stock; we believe that a further consignment will arrive at the beginning of April, but as with everything, that may be subject to change. In any event, it could be prudent to get onto the wait list. For the moment, and until we receive Daily Immunity, we are recommending Mushroom Gold from Pukka Herbs. Mushrooms provide a variety of compounds collectively known as beta-glucans, which help increase immune defence by encouraging the production of white blood cells.
Daily Immunity £26 for 60 Capsules; Mushroom Gold by Pukka Herbs £21.95 for 60 Capsules (whilst stock lasts)

Liposomal Vitamin C

We know that vitamin C when used in moderate strengths does tend to help recovery from colds and flu. There are some ridiculous amounts being recommended and so we recommend taking just two teaspoons daily of Liposomal C since this is a very efficient delivery form of vitamin C, unlike most other vitamin C supplements which generally cannot deliver more than 50% of the content at best. We are currently out of stock of Liposomal Vitamin C and the dosages refer to this product, but we are anticipating another consignment arriving as soon as the manufacturers can get it to us; shortly I hope, but we have no confirmed dates. In the meantime we are substituting with Liposomal Vitamin C by YourZooki.
Liposomal Vitamin C by Aurora Nutrascience £20 for 160 ml; Liposomal Vitamin C by YourZooki £39.99 for 30 x 15 ml Sachets

Lysine

This amino acid is normally used very successfully to prevent and treat cold sores (the herpes virus). It works to block the “food” for the cold sore virus to replicate and in doing so it basically starves the virus of food whilst the body’s immune system is fighting the virus. Lysine’s ability to fend off other viral infections has also been clinically studied, although not for COVID-19 obviously. We recommend taking one tablet three times a day and this should be taken preferably on an empty stomach, 30 minutes before any food or 1.5 hours after a meal.
L-Lysine by Lamberts £10.45 for 120 Tablets

Back to me and as I have said above, the situation regarding stock levels is changing constantly and our home page will reflect these changes as best we possibly can. But through all of this, a moment of serendipity:

We were in Vegas earlier this week as we had a meeting with the manufacturers of our Fulvic products. As we were watching Fulvic Acid Shampoo roll off the production line, I turned around and saw another product on another production line. Glory be, it was a hand sanitiser and it was all I could do to stop myself from fainting in shock knowing that we were out of stock of all the hand sanitisers we list.

Long cut short, we have a large consignment arriving at the beginning of next week; it is called DermSafe and it has been clinically tested to actively protect hands for up to six hours. Containing 4% chlorhexidine gluconate, an anti-viral and antimicrobial agent, it is bound to a copolymer and being alcohol free, it is kind to hands, while also helping to prevent cross-contamination. Let that production line continue to roll is what I say!
DermSafe Hand Sanitiser by Invisicare £14 for 59 ml; DermSafe Hand Sanitiser Family Pack £35 (3 x 59 ml)

Sheald Recovery Balm

The somewhat epic Sheald Recovery Balm has had a baby. I think most of you know I am besotted with iS Clinical products, my LA boyfriends (Bryan and Alec, the founders of iS Clinical) and Sheald Recovery Balm, in no particular order. And now the pocket (handbag) size has arrived.

Ultra-cute, this certainly is on my list of the best products ever made and I dubbed it as ‘the ultimate SOS Emergency Balm’ a very long time ago. It is the perfect on-the-go intensive treatment and it can be used in so many different ways. Use post-procedure to help prevent scabbing and itching, minimise scars and it is brilliant for wound healing. It can be used on open wounds, but it is also a great daily moisturiser for extremely cracked and dry skin and that would include hands, which is rather topical.
Sheald Recovery Balm Pocket Size by iS Clinical £20 for 15 grams; Sheald Recovery Balm by iS Clinical £42 for 60 ml

At this given point, I have no idea what I will be writing on the April newsletter, but in the meantime I am glugging back Fulvic Acid Elixir and Broc-On Shots, basically because I can, but also because Fulvic helps the body to heal, renew and restore at a cellular level. Meanwhile Broc-On is packed with vitamins and minerals and I’ll take that thank you.
Fulvic Acid Elixir £30 for 480 ml; Broc On £75 for 30 Shots

I will of course send further updates if we need to.
Together with Shabir and the entire VH team, I wish each of you a safe and restful weekend.

With love

Gill x

Oxidative Stress & Vitamin C Serum

 

How to prevent oxidative stress from ageing your skin – By Camilla Hooper

 

  • If you’re up to date on your skincare knowledge, you may have heard of the term ‘oxidative stress’ especially in the past year. A result of ‘free-radical damage’ oxidative stress is caused by our environment – whether that is self-induced lifestyle factors or external aggressors such as pollution and UV – and it is now thought to be one of the biggest causes of premature ageing. So what causes oxidative stress and how can you prevent it from ruining your skin?

    What is oxidative stress?

    “To put it simply, oxidative stress occurs when there is an imbalance between free-radicals and antioxidants in your body,” explains in-house pharmacist at Victoria Health, Shabir Daya. “Free-radicals are essentially by-products of a metabolic process in our body carried out by our cells. These by-products – or molecules – can cause damage by bonding themselves to healthy cells that the body needs and breaking them down,” he adds. Read More…

Broc On

 

Down The Hatch: It’s The Year Of The Broccoli Shot – By Hannah Betts

 

  • Here we are, only just past the ides of January, and already 2020 wellness trends are mounting up. Forget matcha, kombucha and kimchi, this year it’s going to be all about cauliflower flour, scoffing insects and “blended burgers” comprising beef and pea protein. “Whatever!” I cry, for I am already engaged in the year’s most edgy nutritional vogue: broc shotting — as in broccoli shots, a movement all the rage among the super-fit down under.

    The Broc On shot has been brought to the UK by Victoria Health, its founders having discovered the habit in Hong Kong and having instantly felt the benefit. One of them, Gill Sinclair, says: “This is huge, this is powerful, the research and development is awesome. I hereby declare this to be the year of the broccoli shot. The key ingredient is sulforaphane (SFN), dubbed the ‘miracle molecule’. There have been over 1,700 studies indicating the benefits of SFN, which include heart health, brain health, cell mutation and liver function. Read More…

London’s most influential people 2019

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The Progress 1000: London’s most influential people 2019 – Health & Education: Health & Wellness

 

Gill Sinclair Co-founder of online wellness retailer Victoria Health 

A global beauty magpie for her innate ability to discover the best in wellness and beauty from across the globe, Sinclair was one of the first to get online with her wellness and beauty e-tailer Victoria Health. Co-founded in 1999 with pharmacist Shabir Daya, Victoria Health has a huge online community with a monthly newsletter reaching over 350k fans and this autumn sees the unveiling of a new section, VH Living.

Prickly Pear Seed oil that works for Face, Hair and Hands

Creams, oils, unguents – our guest columnist has tried them all, but this is the one product she recommends to friends the most – by Nigella Lawson

  • When I was 24, I was told by the great Eve Lom that if I wanted to keep my skin good for ever, I absolutely had to wash my face nightly with her thick cleanser-in-a-tub, using a muslin cloth. This, she told me, would be all the exfoliation the skin needed, and the brisk nightly polish would get rid of old, dead skin cells and keep my complexion bright, even as I got older.

    This has since been superseded for me by Temple Spa In The Beginning Deep Cleansing Melt or, when I’m travelling — as it’s lighter and fits better in a make-up bag or the liquids bag at the airport — Lixirskin Electrogel Cleanser, both used with Balm Balm’s organic muslin cloths, which have just the right amount of scritchiness. Read More…

GOW – Anti-Aging MultiPeptide Serum

The peptides you need for youthful, glowing skin – by Lisa Armstrong

  • Gow Anti-aging Multipeptide Serum

    ‘Peptide’ has become a major buzz-word in beauty circles. They’re in everything all of a sudden: eye creams, day creams, night creams, haircare… So what the heck are they?

    The simple answer – that’s what we do on this page, in reaction to the beauty industry, which likes to make things very, very complicated – is that they’re compounds made up of amino acids.

    Amino acids are protein builders, and when it comes to our skin, the loveliest protein is collagen – the stuff that keeps everything plump and dewy. The good news is that the body makes its own collagen. The bad is that, as we get older/more grown-up – guess what? – collagen production slows down.

    Enter the peptide, which is a protein builder par excellence. ‘Certain peptides,’ says Shabir Daya, the pharmacologist and co-founder of victoriahealth.com, ‘may help slow down the degeneration of collagen. Others may actually boost it.’ Read More…