I tried a £149 health supplement - but did it make a difference?

Can the world's most premium health supplement really fix skin, hair, mood and immunity? I took it every day for three months to find out.

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All anyone’s asking me about these days is supplements; which ones help you to sleep, give skin a glow, boost immunity, curb anxiety, increase energy… if lockdown has shown me anything, it’s that optimum health is the new beauty must-have.

Net-a-Porter has had a 59 per cent increase in wellness sales since March, driven by premium supplements.  Luckily, just before Covid-19 struck, I met with Dr Paul Clayton, fellow of The Institute of Food, Brain and Behaviour at Oxford, who is a leading expert in the field of ‘pharmaco- nutrition’ (medical grade).

When discussing the confusing world of supplements I asked him, which ones are actually worth taking? He bluntly replied: not many. What? Surely omega-3 fish oil is a no-brainer? ‘There’s little evidence to suggest it works,’ he shrugged.

Yet, he proceeded to wax lyrical about turmeric extract, a potent anti- inflammatory. He insisted that it’s only worth taking evidence-backed ingredients of the highest order and recommended I try Lyma, one of a new wave of clinically proven supplements that curb anxiety, increase focus, boost immunity – and transform skin, hair and nails.

All-in-one: Monthly Refill (120 capsules), £149, Lyma 

Having got to the end of my third month’s supply, I can vouch for glowing skin and nails that don’t break as easily. I feel more Zen and the brain fog has disappeared. My hair isn’t looking shinier, but then again, I drench it in peroxide every chance I get. If you can afford to part with £149 a month, I’d say it’s an investment worth making.

 If you’d rather buy shoes (fair point), Henrietta Norton of Wild Nutrition says the key vitamins to take over 40 are zinc for immunity, D3 for bone health and reducing inflammation, and omega-fatty acids for healthy skin, gut and heart (she’ll have to duke that one out with Dr Clayton). Below are my top five expert-recommended supplements.

Tried & verified

Immunity: Food-Grown Zinc Plus, £12 for 30, Wild Nutrition 

Food-Grown Zinc Plus, £12 for 30, Wild Nutrition 

Sleep: MegaMag Calmeze (Orange), £27.69 for 30,   Nutri Advanced 

 MegaMag Calmeze (Orange), £27.69 for 30,   Nutri Advanced 

Skin: Omega 3,6,9 Plus Vitamin D3, £17.50 for 120, Lamberts Healthcare 

Omega 3,6,9 Plus Vitamin D3, £17.50 for 120, Lamberts Healthcare 

Stress: AdrenoMax, £30.46 for 90,   Nutri Advanced 

AdrenoMax, £30.46 for 90,   Nutri Advanced 

Gut: Live & Active Bacteria, £79 for  4 x 500ml,  Symprove 

 Live & Active Bacteria, £79 for  4 x 500ml,  Symprove 

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