When you hear the word ‘supplement’, most people immediately think of vitamins, or the thousands of ‘multivitamin’ pills marketed at us. After all, the idea of supplementation is synonymous with making up for a deficit of something we should otherwise be responsible for getting. Whether it’s iron or vitamin C in your diet, or vitamin D from sunlight, supplementation often feels a bit… well, remedial.
However, the truth is most vitamins can be sourced from a balanced diet. Unless you know you are not eating a balanced diet, multivitamin pills should not be necessary.
LYMA, however, is not a vitamin pill. It is formulated to provide you with ‘super ingredients’ that you cannot get from a balanced diet, giving you an advantage over and above anything you could source from food. But how can there be things we need that even a healthy lifestyle can’t give you? Don’t worry, we’ll explain everything as we go. In this piece you’ll learn:
- What LYMA gives you that a balanced diet can’t
- What a balanced diet gives you
- What many diets are lacking in
- Why LYMA can help
What LYMA gives you that a balanced diet can’t
- Let’s start with the two vitamins you cannot get enough of from food: Vitamins D and K. Vitamin D is something most people in the west are deficient in due to a lack of exposure to sunlight, and is hard to find through a balanced diet. LYMA contains an optimal dosage of both: 2,000 i.u. Of our patented ingredient Vita-algae D3™, and 75μg of our patented version of Vitamin K called K2VITAL® DELTA. For more on both of these vitamins, read our guide here.
- Our patented saffron extract, affron, is an effective mood stabiliser that maximises all of saffron’s health benefits, long promoted by Persian and Ayurvedic medical practices.
- KSM-66, our patented version of Ashwagandha, can help with stress and anxiety, as well as an anti-inflammatory.
- While turmeric has a lot of buzz around it as a health ingredient, the benefits of its component curcumin are hard to get through consuming organic turmeric. Instead we use a patented, proven version of curcumin called HydroCurc, which is proven to be a powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and is effective in anti-ageing your cells.
- Our nootropic Cognizin, a proven and patented version of citicoline, not only gives you better focus and concentration but also nourishes your brain in the long-term, making it healthier than when you started. For more information on its power for brain health, read this.
- Keratin is often touted as a panacea for weak or damaged hair, skin and nails. But the most soluble and bioavailable version of keratin is Cynatine® HNS, which you’ll find in LYMA. This is the best way to make sure your appearance truly sees the benefits of keratin supplementation.
- Lycopene is the substance that gives bright foods like tomatoes their colour. It’s a powerful anti-oxidant that helps with heart health, but the body cannot produce it and most forms of lycopene out there are not hugely bioavailable. Our form, Lycored Lycopene™, does what a diet cannot.
- Beta glucans 1,3, 1,6 are the ideal form of this particular type of fibre which helps to prime the body to fight off foreign pathogens. Our Wellmune Blend is the best possible version of this specific beta glucan, and more efficacious than what you might get from just eating more algae or fungi.
What a balanced diet should give you
People who take LYMA are already eating a balanced diet. Simply, this means they are getting all the nutrients they need for your body to work right. Preventing disease and fatigue, heightening performance, and more besides. Everybody’s diet is different however, and so here is a run down of some particular food groups and their benefits for the body, which you should be aiming to include.
There are some substances people get via supplement that are perfectly possible to get in a good diet. Omega-3, is one of the most popular supplements on the market, as it is crucial for heart and brain health. However, Omega-3 has been proven time and time again to be ineffective in supplement form: while studies back up dietary Omega-3 as beneficial, other studies have found it provides ‘little to no effect‘ on cardiovascular health as a supplement. More on how Omega-3 supplementation is a myth here. On top of this, an independent report published in The Guardian recently found that one in 10 fish oil supplements on high street shelves is rancid, as well as often produced by unsustainable fish farming. Instead, supplement Omega by eating a diet rich in oily fish or, for those who prefer, lots of nuts: hazelnuts, chestnuts and walnuts are full of the stuff.
A diet full of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy – often referred to as ‘the Mediterranean diet’ - is a great rule for what you should be eating. All of the above categories are excellent for reducing the risk of heart disease, maintaining blood pressure, lowering your risk of cancer or dementia, and keeping your cholesterol in check. All of these food groups also have other benefits. Complex carbohydrates like oats and whole grains, antioxidant-rich fruits and veg, beneficial fats and complete proteins are all excellent for making sure you keep your energy levels up and you don’t become too tired. Two great foods for preventing fatigue are almonds and avocados, which come loaded with key nutrients.
Vitamins A, B, C and E – plus zinc, iron and selenium – are important for a healthy immune system. Look to brazil nuts for selenium, eggs for iron, and vitamins B and D. Vitamin A can be gained from foods rich in beta-carotene, such as spinach, carrots, sweet potatoes and red peppers. Vitamin E is found in sunflower by-products, almonds, peanuts, and pumpkins. Zinc, meanwhile, can be found in whole grains, dairy, oysters, red meat or poultry. For plant-based diets, chickpeas and baked beans also work.
Calcium is great for teeth, bones and also to prevent osteoporosis. It also helps with heart, muscle and nerve function. Traditionally we see calcium as coming from dairy, but can also come from dark green leaves, beans, lentils and sardines.
While getting your five a day is great, getting ten fruit and vegetables into your diet a day is even better. Make sure to eat a variety throughout the day, week, month and year: the wider the selection, the bigger the plethora of benefits, including a healthy gut. While fruit and veg also help to hydrate the body, make sure to aim for eight glasses of water a day as well, which helps to maintain a functioning metabolism and converting food into energy.
We at LYMA are also very pro-fermented foods, which are also great for improving your gut biome: a vital part of human health. More info on the power of gut flora can be found here. Whether you decide to lean into Asian flavours like kimchi, miso or natto, or go for more yoghurt, kefir and sauerkraut, a diet rich in fermentation makes for a better overall healthspan.
What many diets are lacking in
There are several natural substances that the body needs that we’re deficient in through no fault of our own.
One is Vitamin D. Vitamin D is great for bones, but also for our immune systems, and we predominantly get it from the sun. Therefore people living in less sunny climes - but also people who are older and housebound, or with darker skin tones - are almost inevitably deficient in the stuff. That’s why the NHS recommend everyone in the UK supplement with it, as it’s hard to get enough through our diet alone.
Another, closely connected to Vitamin D, is Vitamin K2. K2 is a fat-soluble vitamin that helps transfer calcium around the body. It also helps to keep our body’s most vital processes ticking along, including those that maintain bone health, heart health, and immunity. Vitamin D alone can run the risk of calcium production without making sure it ends up where it is needed; this is where K comes in. It also does a few other vital tasks: preventing breakages in bones and teeth, but also helping blood to clot and encouraging blood vessels and soft tissues to decalcify.
Vitamin K2 does some more obvious jobs, such as transporting calcium to bones and teeth, increasing their density and helping to prevent breakage, chips and fractures, but it also does the inconspicuous work of helping the blood to clot and of encouraging the decalcification of the body’s blood vessels and soft tissues which can become blocked with age or because of lifestyle factors such as smoking or poor diet.
But K-rich foods are not a huge part of our diets. A recent randomised study that looked at 452 healthy adults in the USA found that 438 of them - a staggering 97% - were either deficient or insufficient in vitamin K2. This is because offal has long been a way of getting it in our diets, and organs are not as much of a staple as they may have been in the past. Fermented foods, too, are big for K2: sauerkraut, kimchi and fermented soy beans - known as natto - are all rich in it. To learn more about K2 deficiency, read our guide to spotting the signs.
It’s also not entirely our fault. There are other fat-soluble vitamins - A, D and E in particular - but K2 cannot be stored for as long as these in the body.
Vitamins B6 and B12 are two B vitamins that many people are deficient in. B6 is vital for brain development in growing foetuses and children; B12 is vital for red blood cells and nerve cells. B6 is found in chicken, fish, chickpeas and bananas, B12 is found in meat, fish, milk and poultry. B12 is, therefore, particularly hard to find in a vegan diet.
Another B vitamin you might be lacking in is folic acid. Folic acid helps the body produce red blood cells alongside iron, and without enough of these you might find yourself with anaemia. It’s also vitally important for people who are pregnant and infant children. Iron is also something people are often deficient in: it’s a vital component for haemoglobin, which carries oxygen to organs and tissue. Dark leafy greens are phenomenal for both iron and folic acid: this includes spinach and kale. Folic Acid can also be found in beans, peanuts, sunflower seeds, whole grains, liver and seafood.
Iodine is crucial for thyroid hormones, which help with growth, development and metabolism. It’s often found in salt and seafood (which is why salt is often reinforced with additional iodine.) You can also get it from eggs, dairy and grains.
Magnesium is a mineral that assists digestion, bone health, sleep, mental health and cardiac health. Too little can lead to osteoporosis, diabetes and heart disease. Whole grains, nuts, dark chocolate and dark green leafy greens all assist with upping your magnesium uptake.
You might also be lacking in potassium, which is a common deficiency. Bananas are a great way of getting your potassium levels up, as well as B vitamins and magnesium.
You may also be low in fiber, which can lead to constipation, blood sugar fluctuations, fatigue and inflammation. If you are, beta glucans are a type of soluble dietary fibre that can sort you out, and help to treat high cholesterol, diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, and patch up your immunity. You can find beta glucans in oats and barley, mushrooms – specifically reishi, shiitake or maitake – beans, peas, lentils, broccoli, sweet potato, aubergine, apples, strawberries and prunes. A patented beta glucan, Wellmune Blend, is also present in the LYMA Supplement.
How LYMA can help
LYMA has always functioned under the premise that we are not here to amend an imbalanced diet, but to provide additional support even a perfect nutritional game couldn’t provide. We do cater to some of the deficiencies listed above, but usually these are deficiencies that you can’t help but have due to factors outside of our control.
Our Supplement is for people who are already mindful of their health and nutrition and instead are looking for a formula that goes beyond this to counteract the inevitable challenges of modern life: stress and sleep, to improve their brain performance and build their immunity. That is why LYMA is the superbrand of supplements; it goes above and beyond.