Thursday, 31 March 2011

Solgar Earth Source Multi-Nutrient

There are multivitamins and then there are multivitamins. Solgar Earth Source Multi-Nutrient must be one of the most complete whole food multis on the face of the planet. This multivitamin formula includes whole food concentrates from some of the most nutritionally potent plant foods on earth. These include foods that are bursting with bioflavonoids, chlorophyll, enzymes, carotenoids, nucleic acids and cell salts. The synergistic formula provides antioxidants as well as beneficial phytonutrients.

                                 Who should take it?
Solgar recommends that Solgar Earth Source Multi-Nutrient Tablets are designed for men and women who want to achieve the benefits associated with a multivitamin containing whole food concentrates. Just what "whole food concentrates" are you can see below but there isn't any ingredient which seem to be lacking. This multivitamin is favoured by my daughter who is a young, very active young lady who eats well but nevertheless feels the extra health insurance it provides prevents her from becoming run-down.

Free from
They are Free of yeast, soy and dairy products and are formulated without the use of artificial preservatives, flavours or colours. They are also suitable for vegans.

What are its key features?
Three-a-day formula
All essential vitamins and minerals
B complex
Multi-chelated minerals
Non-constipating iron
Digestive aids
Nutritional factors
Wholefood base and herbal base

How do you take it?
As a food supplement for adults, three (3) tablets daily, preferably at mealtime, or as directed by a healthcare practitioner. Do not exceed directions for use.

What are its Ingredients?
Three (3) tablets provide:
Vitamin C [as calcium ascorbate] 1000 mg
Spirulina powder 1000 mg
[as carbonate, ascorbate, citrate] 250 mg
Magnesium [as oxide, citrate] 125 mg
Vitamin E [250 IU, as d-alpha tocopheryl
succinate] 168 mg
Barley Grass Powder 110 mg
Iron [as bisglycinate†] 18 mg
Chlorella Powder [as broken cell wall] 100 mg
Wheat Grass Powder 100 mg
Flaxseed [Linseed] Oil Powder 100 mg
Citrus Bioflavonoids [as prep.] 10 mg
Natural Source Betacarotene [as prep.] 5.4 mg
Providing other carotenoids 14 μg
Zinc [as picolinate] 15 mg
Choline [as Bitartrate] 21 mg
Siberian Ginseng Root Powder 50 mg
Rutin [from Dimorphandra mollis pods] 50 mg
Borage Seed Oil Powder 50 mg
Sunflower Seed Oil Powder 50 mg
Active Herb Powdered Base
[Echinacea purpurea root, Milk Thistle Seed,
Ginger Root, Cayenne Fruit] 33 mg
Glycine 45 mg
Boron [as sodium borate, citric acid] 1 mg
Manganese [as gluconate] 4 mg
Thiamin [Vitamin B1, as thiamine mononitrate] 25 mg
Pantothenic Acid [Vitamin B5, as
calcium pantothenate] 25 mg
Iodine [as potassium iodide prep.] 150 μg
Vitamin B6 [as pyridoxine hydrochloride] 25mg**
Niacin [Vitamin B3, as niacinamide] 25 mg
Vitamin B12 [as cobalamin prep.] 240 μg
Riboflavin [Vitamin B2,
as Riboflavin - 5 - phosphate] 27.5 mg
Quercetin Dihydrate 25 mg
Apple Pectin 25 mg
Oat Fibre Powder 25 mg
Inositol 25 mg
Betaine Hydrochloride [from beet molasses] 20 mg
Papain [from papaya-2000 USP units/g] 20 mg
Bromelain Powder [from pineapple-2000GDU/g] 20 mg
Hesperidin [as prep., from orange] 3.5 mg
Vitamin D [400 IU, as D2 prep.] 10 μg
Biotin [as prep.] 48 μg
Chlorophyll Powder [from seaweed] 4 mg
L-Glutathione 5 mg
Lipase 5 mg
Amylase 5 mg
Selenium [as selenomethionine] 24 μg
Folic Acid [as prep.] 400 μg
Copper [as gluconate] 480 μg
Cellulase 2.5 mg
Chromium [as picolinate] 90 μg
Colour: copper complexes of chlorophyllins

Other Information
Made from vegetable stearic acid.

Fully reacted chelates Albion process patent No. 4,599,152 Chelazomes
Unique form of chelated iron [iron bisglycinate] formulated for maximum absorption without gastrointestinal irritation or the constipating effects that often accompany iron supplementation. Albion process patent No. 4,599,152 Chelazomes

Tableted with these natural ingredients:
microcrystalline cellulose,
hydroxypropyl cellulose,
silicon dioxide,
magnesium stearate**,
stearic acid**, cellulose gum,
hydroxypropylmethyl cellulose,
(from grapeskin),
titanium dioxide,
vegetable glycerin.

If you are pregnant, nursing, taking any medication or have a medical condition, please consult your healthcare practitioner before taking this product.

To buy Solgar multivitamins, click on the following link: Solgar Health Store.  Or you can visit us at, where you can see our full range of multivitamins, including Solgar's. If you wish to speak to a customer advisor, you an telephone us on 01208 814500 for further information.

Monday, 28 March 2011


If you have a well-balanced diet, multivitamins are unnecessary, right? Well, actually, no. Not for most of us. First of all, a multivitamin contains a variety of vitamins and minerals and other nutrients that help us maintain general well-being, nutrients we need every moment of the day. They do so by supplying vital ingredients which work together to protect and nourish us. Unfortunately, our general lifestyles and faddish eating hasn't helped. And even our soil has been denuded of past enrichment, meaning we have to 'cheat' to top up what isn't there or only in diluted form. So multivitamins offer convenience. They are especially convenient for certain lifestyles and population groups. For example, multivitamins may be especially useful for the elderly, child bearing women and children. Add to that list athletes, people who lead active lifestyles, workaholics and the sick - and you've pretty much covered most of the population! A good multivitamin therefore is a catalyst to ensure good nutrient intake.

                              A BALANCED DIET?
I've never been sure what this term means! If I had a penny for every customer who tells me they have a "balanced diet" and by all accounts shouldn't really be overweight, have high blood-pressure, heart issues, diabetic, high cholesterol, arthritic, etcetera, I'd be a very wealthy man. Vegans eat differently to vegetarians, who eat differently to meat-eaters, who eat differently to raw food dieters, who... and so on. All are generally convinced that their diets are sufficient. One thing is for sure, whatever eating plan or balanced diet people have, an excess of sugar in the body is causing havoc and leading to a plethora of inflammation based illnesses. We are being corroded from within because of too much acid in the body. Modern day stresses are also acid forming. So unless your diet is keeping you nearly all the time in optimum health, at least 70% alkaline, unless you can rise above the stresses of life, nearly always maintain a postive well-being, and maybe well on the way to living to 150 years, I take my hat off to you. For most of us, we get by and, whatever the 'diet' we follow, supplementing with a daily multivitamin ensures daily nutrient intake.

To see our range of multivitamins, click on the following link and visit us at If you wish to speak to a customer advisor, you can telephone us on [01208 814500] for further information.

Friday, 25 March 2011


Spring, a time of new beginnings, is when we finally see the end of the cold dark winter and look forward to long hot summer days. Whilst most people welcome warmer weather, for others spring means the start of the allergy season. According to the British Allergy Foundation, approximately one in four of the UK population
will suffer from allergy at some point in their lives, and the number of people affected is increasing by 5% each year.

Hayfever is one of the most common allergies in the UK. Also known as seasonal allergic rhinitis, hayfever is an allergic reaction to airborne substances, such as pollen, that gets into the upper respiratory passages – the nose, sinus, throat – and also the eyes. The type of pollen that causes hayfever is typically connected to where the sufferer lives, so in the UK most hayfever is caused by grass pollen, rather than the olive pollen that might bug you if you lived in southern Spain!

The pollen that enters the bloodstream through the tissues of the throat, lungs and gut is regarded by our immune system as foreign, and in defence the body produces antibodies, which increases the release of histamine. Histamine irritates the upper respiratory passages, causing swelling and inflammation leading to the typical symptoms of itchy and watery eyes, runny or bunged up nose, sneezing and coughing. Many people resort to taking antihistamines, which may offer some relief but can cause drowsiness and other side effects.

Hayfever, eczema and asthma are linked together, so a sufferer of one is likely to suffer from the other two as well, and the tendency to allergies frequently runs in families.

At Elixir, we are particularly enthusiastic about Solgar's Quercetin Complex, which also contains vitamin C for added support to the immune system. Quercetin is a flavonoid found widely in the plant kingdom, and plays a role in the immune system function and its inflammatory response. It helps support healthy respiratory tract function, especially when challenged. Quercetin also has powerful antihistamine activity, stabilising the immune cells so they do not release histamine in the first place. Like Quercetin, Bromelain is known to have anti-inflammatory properties, and also greatly enhances Quercetin absorption. Bromelain, which is an enzyme found in pineapples, has the ability to break down proteins and helps to disperse the mucus associated with allergic reactions.

Just so you know, it is suitable from the age of 4 and there are no contraindications including pregnancy.

Click on the links above or visit us at if you wish to speak to a customer advisor, or you can telephone us on 01208 814500 for further information.

By Randi Henderson
Elixir Health Foods

Sunday, 6 March 2011

Elixir Health Foods Set To Verse

A very kind customer thought about our store and wrote this lovely poem. Thanks Ricky - it pretty much sounds up much of what we're about!


Elixir is the food of gods and,
Medicinal or Magical potions,
Said to turn metals into gold
We also have some lotions.

We can’t promise to make you rich,
Or even change your wealth
Our Elixir is from the foods of gods,
That’s just good for your health.

The Elixir of Life, was a potion,
That promised life forever,
Ours just helps you to feel well,
Oh come on! we’re not that clever.

Whatever ailment you have now,
We could come to your aid,
And you’ll find, you’ll be surprised,
With the little that you’ve paid.

If you’re confused by the pills and potions,
And all the things we do,
Then please just ask our expert staff,
We’re here to guide you through.

Ricky Falzon