I've recently been trialling two new food supplements; one for radiant looking skin from Wassen and one for boosting energy levels from Viridian.
Wassen We Beautify Collagen* (10 sachets, £19.99, link)
Collagen drinks seem to be the 'latest' thing - I've seen them advertised absolutely everywhere and whenever I go into a health food store, an over enthusiastic sales assistant always tries to sell me one. The general concept behind them is that they contain Collagen Peptides which help to support healthy skin development, topping up hydration levels from within, and helping to reduce the appearance and formation of fine lines and wrinkles. The formula in this one is made up of 'Peptan Hydrolysed Collagen' which is Wassen's special own key ingredient and this is blended with Manganese, Vitamins E and C, and Sweetener. It's free from gluten, dairy and lactose but contains animal derived ingredients so it's not suitable for vegetarians or vegans. Wassen's We Beautify Collagen comes in a concentrated powder form that you mix with water - this allows them to sell the product cheaper than other rivals because you're not paying a premium for it to be ready mixed like other collagen drinks on the market.
How to use: Mix one sachet with 50ml or more of water, take one a day.
What does it taste like? It's orange flavoured and tastes like squash to me - the first day or so it isn't too bad, but it does become very sickly and artificial after that.
Results? I took Wassen We Beautify Collagen for a 10 day trial and have to admit that I didn't see any noticeable differences or results in my skin. The pack does say to take it for a minimum of 4-8 weeks, so if I do a longer trial in the future I'll update this post. Anyone else tried this for longer?
Viridian Qi-Ribose Powder* (180g, £24.95, link)
Like a lot of people, I suffer from tiredness and fatigue, especially in the Winter months when there's less natural light around. I've read a couple of articles about the benefits of taking extra supplements that are specific to boosting energy levels so I was interested to try out Viridian's Qi-Ribose. This powerhouse of a powder features mito-chrondial nutrients such as Ribose, Magnesium, Acetyl-I-carnitine and Malic Acid which are essential for building cellular energy production which leads to better energy levels. Qi-Ribose is suitable for vegans and free from gluten, soy, wheat, lactose, added sugar, salt, yeast, preservatives and artificial colouring, so it's ideal for those who have allergies.
How to use: Stir one heaped teaspoon (6g) into water or juice 1-2 times daily.
What does it taste like? In water, it has a slight tangy sweet taste (a bit like citrus fruits) which I didn't mind at all. In juice and smoothies, I couldn't taste it.
Results? I took Viridian Qi-Ribose once a day for 30 days. I kept notes on my phone to monitor how I was feeling and noticed that after two weeks, I felt like I had a little more energy in the afternoons and was more productive. I'm really pleased with these results and I'm already starting another bottle that I purchased recently to see if my energy levels go up any further in the long term. Definitely one I'd recommend to try!
Do you use any supplements?