Prepared by Nutritionist, Jen. Last updated 4 May 2018
What are the benefits of grape seed extract?
Grape seed extract contains abundant of antioxidants called Oligomeric Proanthocyanidin Complexes (OPCs) which is vital for cardiovascular health. Apart from OPCs, grape seed also contains flavonoids and linoleic acid which may help with poor circulation and protect our blood vessels from damage. Hence, it may indirectly help to promote healthy blood pressure.
Is there any supplement for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?
Probiotics may improve IBS symptoms. Bifidobacterium strains, in particular may help to “balance” intestinal flora. Some common IBS symptoms include abdominal pain, cramping, bloating, diarrhea and/or constipation. Probiotics may ease the symptoms by strengthening the lining of the intestines, reducing the number of unfriendly bacteria and may normalize bowel’s movement. “Holistic Way” Probiotic 75 Billion is a high strength delayed release probiotic blend of 12 premium probiotic strains, including well-researched HOWARU® Restore probiotic blend which may help restore healthy bowel movement and relieve IBS.
Is there any supplement for hair loss?
Always look for supplements that is high in biotin and pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5). Biotin may help to improve scalp health, increase hair strength apart from increasing the volume of the hair. Vitamin B5 may help to support the adrenal glands, which helps to stimulate hair growth. Avocados, legumes, bananas, and leafy greens are among some of the best biotin sources. Besides that, Vitamins A, B3, C and minerals like iron, zinc and iodine also play important role for healthy hair growth. “Holistic Way” Hair Food is specially formulated using a potent mix of herbs and nutrients that have been used to help nourish scalp and hair follicles. It may help stimulate healthy hair growth and may help the hair retain its natural colour.
My blood test showed my Vitamin D level is low (<25ng/mL). Is there any supplement for me to take or any ways to increase my Vitamin D level?
A normal range for blood levels of Vitamin D is 25-35 ng/mL. It is common to be of vitamin D deficiency. Those with milk allergies or adhere to a strict vegan diet are those of higher risk of Vitamin D deficiency. To increase the level of Vitamin D in our body, you may expose your skin to the sun more as sunshine is the best natural source of Vitamin D. At the same time, take 1000IU of Vitamin D supplement on a daily basis. Always take your Vitamin D tablets with meal for best absorption.
The recommended dosage for fish oil supplement is three 1000 mg softgels. Does it seems a lot to take?
The recommended dosage is actually not governed by Health Science Authority (HSA) and often vary from product to product. This recommended dosage is meant for general cardiovascular health, as opposed to higher dose for specific health concern. For healthy adults, a daily dose of 800-1000 mg of EPA and DHA may be sufficient for heart, brain and eye health. Moreover, the amount of omega-3 you need also depends on your age, body size, health condition, type of omega-3 and more.
What is the difference between royal jelly and bee propolis supplement?
Royal jelly is a thick, milky substance that is secreted by worker bees to feed the queen and larvae while worker bees use propolis together with bees wax to build bee hives. Royal jelly contains proteins, sugar and fats, as well as HDA, which is unique in royal jelly and may improve immune system, boosts skin healing and collagen production. On the other hand, propolis is rich in amino acids, vitamins, minerals, essential oils, waxes and resin which may help to destroy pathogenic microbes.
Is it fine to store my supplements at room temperature?
Yes, it is perfectly fine to do so, however do store the supplements in a cool and dry place, away from sunlight. For maximum potency, refrigerate after opening.
When is the best time to take supplements?
– Always take your fat-soluble vitamins (Vitamins A, D, E, and K) and oil-based supplements with meals for maximum absorption
– Iron tablets are best taken in the morning with an empty stomach. Avoid caffeine and tannins which may affect absorption
– Splitting doses of Vitamin C throughout the day is recommended as Vitamin C only lasts for a few hours in the blood stream
– Always take your B vitamins in the morning with breakfast to keep your energy levels high
– Never take Zinc supplement on an empty stomach, always take with food. Also avoid taking together with Calcium or Iron as it may interfere with the absorption
– Evening is the best time to take Calcium supplements as it is best utilized at night
– Always take probiotics before meals to minimize interaction with digestive enzymes
– As Magnesium may help to make you sleepy, always take it before bedtime
Are “Holistic Way” and “JR Life Sciences” products suitable for vegetarians?
Most of the products are suitable for vegetarians but not all of them. Look for the statement “Suitable for vegetarians/vegans” when buying our product. Examples will be “Holistic Way” Acidophilus Complex, “Holistic Way” Hormone Harmony and “JR Life Sciences” High Potency Brain Food.
Do “Holistic Way” and “JR Life Sciences” products contain artificial colours, flavours or preservatives?
Our products do not contain any added artificial colours, flavours or preservatives, this information is shown on the labels of all products.
Where can you purchase “Holistic Way” and “JR Life Sciences” products?
Our products are available in selected Guardian, Watsons and Unity stores, and island-wide at Metro, Mustafa Centre, OG and Robinsons. You may also find us in online platforms such as our own eStore, Lazada, Qoo10, Redmart, Shopee, EAMart and Amazon.
Where are “Holistic Way” and “JR Life Sciences” produced?
Most products are manufactured in New Zealand, with some in Canada.
Should I check with my physician or healthcare provider before taking a dietary supplement?
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or have a chronic medical condition, such as diabetes, hypertension or heart disease, you should always check with your physician or healthcare provider before purchasing or taking any supplement.
Can I take supplements during pregnancy?
Yes, you can take supplements such as “Holistic Way” Prenatal Multi-Vitamins with DHA for nutritional support during pregnancy. It is still best to consult your attending physician before taking any supplement.
Both my parents are experiencing vision loss due to increase in age, is there any supplements to help?
Our “Holistic Way” Supervision contains Bilberry Extract of the fruit, Lutein, carrot juice powder, Eyebright extract, multi-anthocyanidins, quercetin and rutin which may help to enhance general eye health. Vision loss can be due to increase in eye’s pressure, clouding of the lens or damage to the macula. This formula also has flavonoid and carotenoid antioxidants to help strengthen the blood vessels and the retinal capillary bed.
I have trouble falling asleep. Can I take “Holistic Way” Melatonin in the long run?
This product is not recommended for prolonged consumption. Always consult your physician for use beyond 4 weeks. Melatonin is indeed a hormone produced by the pineal gland, a small gland in the brain, that aids in control of our sleep-wake cycle. Scientific research has been done for taking up to 10mg of melatonin for 4 weeks, aiming for those with insomnia and sleep-wake disturbance.
I am a vegetarian. What are the supplements that I should take?
Vegetarians, especially vegans, should increase their intake of Vitamin D, Vitamin B12, Calcium, Iron and omega-3 fatty acids (plant-based such as flaxseed oil). “Holistic Way” and “JR Life Sciences” have over 115 products to choose from, ranging from Vitamins, minerals and other supplements specially formulated for different health needs.
My doctor has diagnosed me with borderline high blood pressure. Is there any supplement that can help me to regulate my blood pressure back to normal?
The most appropriate way to lower your blood pressure will be having a sensible diet and regular exercise. However, supplements such as fish oil, flaxseed oil or Coenzyme Q10 may help to regulate our blood pressure as well. Always consult your physician before adding any of these supplements to your treatment or prescription.
I am currently on blood thinning medication. Which supplements should I avoid?
If you are on blood thinning medication, you should always be aware of the supplements with ginkgo such as “Holistic Way” Ginkgo DHA and “JR Life Sciences” Brain Food. Besides that, supplements with Coenzyme Q10 will impose blood-thinning effect as well. Always check on the “CAUTION” statement on our label for the cautionary statement “Consult a physician prior to use if you are taking blood thinning medication”.