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Tried & Tested - November/December 2015

How Irish Association of Health Stores staff rate what they sell...

In a Nutshell, New Ross, Co Wexford

Owner Philip Rogers and staff Fiona Mulligan and Mary Dolan from In a Nutshell in New Ross, Co Wexford test wheatgrass, a probiotic supplement, a joint support and aloe vera juice:

1. RAW SUPER ENERGY

Mary says: “I would use Iswari products like Wheatgrass Powder as a pick-me-up, detox and energy booster and Seeds of Wisdom to sprinkle on my breakfast as it’s a raw super energy blend.”

2. ENERGY BOOSTER

Philip says: “I am a big fan of Revive Active and would recommend it to anybody, and especially those on statins. It’s my energy kick every morning and helps me through the day.”

3. PROBIOTIC SUPPLEMENT

Fiona says: “I first started taking OptiBac Probiotics Extra Strength after taking an antibiotic. I found them so good that I now take the Every Day to keep my immune system strong.”

4. JOINT SUPPORT

Mary says: “When I started using Revive Active Joint Complex I felt the pains ease in both my hands and knees within days. I would advise anybody that has joint problems to give it a go.”

5. KRILL OIL

Philip says: “I take Revive Krill Oil for joint health, memory and cholesterol regulation. It’s great as there is no fishy after-taste.”

6. ALOE VERA JUICE

Fiona says: “I take Pukka Organic Aloe Vera Juice as a tonic for my dry skin. It helps to soothe and nourish from within and it has the added benefit of being great for digestion.”

Golden Health Store, Longford

This issue owner Kathleen Regan and staff Angela Naughton, Johanna Heavin, Lorraine Fallon, Martina Mulvihill, Mags Gallagher and Angie Myles from Golden Health Store in Longford test olive leaf tincture, an Irish echinacea, magnesium and fish oils as well as a henna hair colour:

1. HENNA HAIR COLOUR

Kathleen says: “I really like Surya Brasil Henna Hair Cream. It’s very easy to apply and doesn’t drip, and it conditions my hair and lasts through several washes. I use it all the time.”

2. MAGNESIUM OIL

Angela says: “BetterYou Magnesium Sport Oil is one of my favourite products at the moment as I do a lot of hiking. I did a 15 hour hike recently and my muscles felt very tight and sore, but after applying the magnesium oil the pain eased almost immediately.”

3. LIQUID MULTI-VITAMIN AND MINERAL

Johanna says: “I would recommend Nature’s Plus Source of Life Gold. After taking it myself my energy levels soared and I felt more energised and full of life. I feel I can take on the world!”

4. FISH OIL

Lorraine says: “I take Eskimo Omega 3 Liquid daily as I find it excellent for joint support in addition to heart and brain function. While it is difficult to consume three portions of oily fish a week, I know that taking one teaspoon of oil helps me get enough omega 3 intake.”

5. IRISH ECHINACEA

Martina says: “I take 5ml of Irish Botanica Echinacea three times daily at the onset of symptoms of a cold or ‘flu for two to three days – it has definitely worked for me.”

6. FACE CLEANSER

Mags says: “I love Sukin Cleanser as my skin is very sensitive and reacts easily to other brands. Sukin is very gentle and leaves my skin feeling nourished.”

7. OLIVE LEAF TINCTURE

Angie says: “I use Nature’s Plus Herbal Actives Liquid Olive Leaf Tincture at the first signs of trouble – indigestion, tummy upsets, colds, flu – it works its magic very quickly. I always keep a bottle in my first aid cupboard.”

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