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December 31, 2021
They say history doesn’t repeat itself but it rhymes. I believe that’s true and feel a poem coming in the growing craze for Gummies - mostly expensive sweets masquerading as vitamin pills.
I recently had a new client proudly tell me how she was taking care of her hair with a brand of vitamin gummies. I asked which brand and proceeded to Google the ingredients on the salon iPad. She was more shocked than I was to find the main ingredients were sugars. Tiny amounts of vitamin C and E were present. I gently suggested she may enjoy a bag of sweets separately and take a proper vitamin. Thankfully she laughed and took the point.
I’m old enough to remember the Ribena scandal in the 1970s that Esther Rantzen exposed. Here was a highly sugared (addictive) product being marketed as a vitamin C health drink for children. Even worse, children were being given this in teated and drip-through bottles to wash their teeth in sugar all day long. It was devastating for their oral health and eventually the manufacturers pulled back their advertising and reduced the sugar content.
But later in 2004 some New Zealand students tested another Ribena drink to discover virtually no vitamin C. That led to fines. Then in 2018 some of their ads were banned for exaggerating health claims. Sugar content was reduced to under 5% and questionable sweeteners Acesulfame K and Sucralose added. Ribena was not alone. I guess the answer is to do your own research, and caveat emptor – buyer beware.
I feel there are modern parallels with selling expensive sweets under the guise of vitamin pills which is essentially what many Gummies are.
For years I’ve taken two each day with breakfast, and along with the rest of my regular regime: Exfoliating Scalp Shampoo, LifeSaver UV, Ten Second Transformation, Magic Oil and No.1 Brush. I feel it’s helped slow the last 25 years of hair-ageing. It's mostly as it was back then. Minimal deterioration in quality, some genetic thinning, the colour mostly as intense, and so far, very few white hairs.
• Helps support the formation of connective tissue for healthy hair and nails.• Rich in L-Lysine an essential amino-acid helps prevent excessive hair shedding and support healthy hormone balance.• Just two tablets per day which are packed with the essential daily nutrients to help deliver inner healthcare for hair
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★★★★★ Such Healthy HairI never had to bother with anything in my youth as my hair was thick and glossy and curly. Having taken a course of these vitamins, it is the best it has been for years. Used to remove loads of hair when I combed through conditioner, but the combination of the no burr handle comb from VC and these supplements, the cashmere protein rich shampoo and conditioner means that in the last few washes, the amount that came off into my comb fitted on top of my little fingernail! I measured it! So glad I have invested in my health in this way.☘️ Ann Marie Coughlan Allen
Horsetail - this natural form of silica forms part of all connective tissue, including hair and nails.
L-Lysine - this essential amino acid helps prevent excessive hair shedding and support healthy hormone balance.
Iron - increases blood cells ability to carry oxygen to the scalp, essential for healthy hair growth.
Full ingredients: Methyl Sulfonyl Methane (MSM), L-Lysine Hydrochloride, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Ferrous Gluconate (Iron), D-Alpha Tocopheryl Succinate (Vitamin E), Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5), Zinc Citrate, Beta Carotene (Vitamin A), Grape Seed Extract (min 95% polyphenols), Horsetail Extract, L-Selenomethionine, Pyridoxal-5-Phosphate (Vitamin B6), Silica, Biotin, Magnesium Stearate, Cellulose, Copper Gluconate, Methylcobalamin (Vitamin B12), 5-MTHF (Folic acid). Capsule Shell: Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose
For each active ingredient, the most bio-available form has been chosen. This means it’s more likely to be assimilated by the metabolism than pass straight through you.
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