Shabir Daya MRPharmS is a qualified pharmacist specialising in natural health products with over 30 years of experience in this field. Gill Sinclair was named as one of the top 1000 influential people in London in the Evening Standard Progress 1000 Awards in October 2019. Together they created Victoria Health over 20 years ago. Victoria Health were one of the first e-commerce health and beauty sites and has been the ‘guilty weakness’ for those interested in Health, Beauty and Wellbeing for many years.
With restrictions as they are currently Coupled with Winter and so many of us are indoors, can you recommend your top 5 Vitamin supplements to see us through?
We believe this to be the most comprehensive formulation to prime the immune system, helping to protect the body from all types of infection. It can also be used to help shorten the duration of infection. It is of course extraordinarily important to say that obviously there is not a product available that will prevent Covid-19; all we can do is support and strengthen our immune system as best we can.
Vitamin D3: I have been campaigning about the importance of taking D3 for over ten years. It is thought a large number of the adult population is Vitamin D3 deficient. There have been numerous studies showing the relationship between D3 and a healthy immune system. A new and important clinical trial, led by Professor Adrian Martineau, has just been announced where researchers from Queen Mary University of London are investigating whether taking Vitamin D could protect people from Covid-19. We recommend taking a sublingual form of D3, such as DLux 3000. For optimum absorption, it should be sprayed on the inside of your cheek.
Mega Probiotic ND: One of our bestselling products, it provides eight strains of acid resistant bacteria, including L acidophilus and Bifidobacteria, which perform a myriad of functions to help protect the body against bacteria and viruses and support healthy gut function. Another important function is its ability in helping to prevent bloating, which is a really common concern.
Triple Flu Defense+ (2020-2021 Season): This is a targeted homeopathic tincture which is adjusted each season to help combat infective viruses and help relieve the symptoms of flu and colds. Each year many seasonal viruses mutate to form new strains and such is its efficacy, this symptom-related formulation is a VH requisite for the autumn and winter months.
Liposomal Vitamin C: Several studies have indicated that taking Vitamin C just before, or soon after, the onset of the symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections may help ease the symptoms and reduce the duration of illness. There are several forms of Vitamin C Supplementation, but we have been recommending Liposomal Vitamin C over the past few years. Vitamin C, in its natural state, is an acid and since the stomach works in an acid state, any acid reaching the intestines is readily excreted away. Liposomal Vitamin C still provides the acidic form of Vitamin C, but it is wrapped in a phospholipid layer, which allows Vitamin C to be absorbed efficiently for optimum efficacy.
The one supplement you could not be without
Hyaluronic Acid Capsules High Strength: I have been taking HA for more than twenty years and consider it to be the most crucial of all anti-ageing supplementation. As we age our levels of HA decline, estimated to be around 50% less by the age of 40. Known as ‘the fountain of youth’ HA helps plump up skin cells and helps restore moisture in all tissues of the body. It also plays a major role in helping to cushion joints, which are subjected to progressive wear and tear, often leading to cartilage destruction and joint pain.
Hair support. Something I feel is not talked about enough certainly in comparison to Skin - your fav hair products.
Three products here, if I’m allowed that many. The first is a supplement Shabir formulated many years ago for hair loss and thinning hair. It is called Superior Hair and it is our bestselling supplement in this genre. Secondly, Ionicell which is a bit of a superstar product. We believe it to be a next-generation hair, skin and nails formulation and it has been clinically proven to help stimulate collagen for healthier skin, to help nourish the scalp follicles to improve the health and condition of hair and it also helps strengthen and protect nails. The third is of course Fulvic Acid Shampoo, a legend in its own lifetime specifically formulated for the health of our hair, my hair has totally transformed in the ten years I have been using Fulvic. In a rather brilliant way.
Stress support. With Christmas round the corner this period is notorious for so many of us feeling anxious and overwhelmed. What supplements would you suggest.
Just one. Magnolia Rhodiola Complex, which is our bestselling supplement for stress and anxiety. It contains a potent extract of magnolia, which works to physically relax muscles, but more importantly, magnolia extracts have been shown to help reduce levels of the stress hormone, cortisol. It is the increase in levels of cortisol in the body that prevents the uptake of the nerve-calming neuro-nutrient, serotonin, by the brain. As with all supplementation, we believe it will take about 28 days to really kick in, although we are all different and some may experience a quicker result.
Your fav product Victoria Health product ever
All things Fulvic. Fulvic Acid Elixir joins HA in my two desert-island supplements. I have taken Fulvic every day for over ten years. We call it ‘The Elixir of Life’ and I swear its potency keeps me energised and well. It is the liquid version of Ionicell; you really don’t need both, but I will admit to taking both, basically because I want to!
Any miracle product. The product that people rave about.
Yes, Neurophroline Serum. Stress in the root cause of most inflammatory health concerns. The stress hormone, cortisol, plays a major role in the ageing process and it is thought that it is also responsible for compromised skin conditions. It has been clinically proven that Neurophroline reduces cortisol levels in the skin by up to 70% in a few hours. Derived from Wild Indigo, this is one of those love-of-my-life ingredients because the difference it makes to our skin is quite phenomenal. And so is the feedback from our customers. We will not allow stress to age us!
Kids and teenager support. Any suggestions ?
I think it’s important to be able to drill down on certain age-specific supplements and Wild Nutrition have it covered with two formulations for teenagers. Food-Grown Daily Multi Nutrient Teengirl and Food-Grown Multi Nutrient Teenboy. Each formulation provides a unique complex of Food-Grown vitamins, minerals and botanicals. These are the supplements that we believe help make a difference.
Whilst my following is female dominated any suggestions on male supplements that women can share with friends and family?
Mostly supplementation is non-gender specific, so if, for example there are issues with joints, we would always recommend Superior Joints. At the very least we would recommend a good multi-vitamin such as Alive Once Daily Multivitamin Ultra Potency, a food-state supplement.