Why everyone is stocking up on health boosters right now, answered by an expert

The pandemic has made most of us stay at home more and this can make us feel a little sluggish. While we try to improve the way we feel through a healthy diet and at-home workout routines, taking some supplements and foods that are designed to help enhance our immune system and energy can be that little booster that we need.

In fact, many people around the world are seeing the need to start on health supplements. When AVENUE ONE visited OLLY’s website, we notice that many of the products were out of stock.

OLLY is known for their easy and fun wellness-boosting supplements and multivitamins.

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Eric Ryan is the founder of OLLY.

OLLY’s founder, Eric Ryan, explained to AVENUE ONE why these products have been flying off the (virtual) shelves.

“Our demand has been extraordinary during this time as we are all taking better care of our overall wellness. Particularly, we are looking to boost our immunity, reduce stress, and get better sleep as the anxiety of this moment is impacting all of us.”

Ryan said that the stand-out items at OLLY are supplements that support better sleep, help relieve stress, and boost immunity.

“Interestingly, Focus has seen a big surge as we are spending more time on video conferencing tools and working longer hours at home. It probably doesn’t help that everyday feels the same, making it harder to focus.”

Laser Focus is the name of an OLLY product, which are gummies made with a blend of Ginseng, Alpha GPC, and B-vitamins. These ingredients are known to boost the ability to think faster and concentrating better.

If you’re wondering what Ryan himself has in the stash, he said that men’s multivitamins and supplements that help with sleep and stress have been in his regular routine.

“But Immunity (OLLY’s immune-supporting supplements) is now a regular ‘guest star’,” he adds.

If you’ve been looking out for supplements and health foods that do just that, here are our curated recommendations. With everything from kid-friendly vitamins to delicious weight loss boosters to get you back on track, there’s one for everyone on this list.

Supplements you wouldn’t mind taking every day

1. OLLY

You may have seen their advertisements around, and if you’re tempted to give it a shot, here’s why you should. The San Francisco-based company aims to make healthcare easy and fun for people who aren’t familiar with medical lingo, with names like “Goodbye Stress” and “Daily Energy” to help them out. Choose from their selection of eight targeted gummy vitamins, from women’s, men’s, and children’s multi vitamins to beauty boosts for glowing skin.

These don’t just help to enhance your health and energy, they’re yummy to boot; you may be tempted to take more than the recommended number – you’ve been warned!

OLLY products are available on Lazada, from SGD30.90.

2. Activkids Synbiotics Vanilla Flavour

These natural, preservative-free supplements contain both probiotic and prebiotic strains, forming a synergic group, which helps support kids’ digestive and immune systems. The best part? They come in the form of vanilla-flavoured bears that help make sure your kids wouldn’t mind having their dose of gut support daily!

Activkids Synbiotics Vanilla Flavour retails for SGD28.40 on Lazada.

3. Efamol Pure Evening Primrose Oil

Don’t forget to take care of your skin amidst the hustle and bustle. Evening Primrose Oil is known to balance hormones and maintain healthy-looking skin so you look as good as you feel on the inside!

Efamol Pure Evening Primrose Oil retails for SGD30 on Lazada.

4. Wiley’s Finest Wild Alaskan Fish Oil

Fish oil helps to boost brain function, as well as improve joint condition. Omega-3, a key nutrient in fish oil, has also been clinically proven to lower blood pressure and the risk of getting heart disease. This one from Wiley’s Finest uses purified, concentrated Peak EPA, to give 1,000mg worth of EPA, DHA, and Omega-3 in one soft-gel.

Wiley’s Finest Wild Alaskan Fish Oil retails for SGD48 and is available on Lazada.

5. Immunity Support Packages

One of Singapore’s most well-known TCM providers, Eu Yan Sang, has two immunity support packages to improve the body’s immunity and defences. Package A (SGD25.90) contains one MGO 30+ Manuka Honey Travel Pack, two variations of Essence of Chicken, as well as a burdock drink, great for surprising your friends and family with during these trying times. Package B (SGD45.90) includes a set of 10 Essence Of Chicken With American Ginseng, Cordyceps & Huaishan, as well as a jar of clover honey, which is said to have good anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial effects.

Check out the selection of Immunity Boosters from Eu Yan Sang here.

Health foods you wouldn’t mind taking every day

6. ms.kinny coffee

If you can’t function without a good brew to start off your day, good news: ms.kinny blends your favourite beverage with your weight loss supplement of the day! Coffee is already an appetite suppressant, and ms.kinny enhances it further with the addition of carefully curated ingredients like guarana and coconut oil, as well as Green Coffee extract, used in natural weight management diets.

Retails on Lazada for SGD68 for the coffee and SGD66. For those who aren’t coffee-drinkers, you can consider its Dark Cocoa version, which works as a carbo-blocker.

7. Biofinest Acai Berry Juice Powder

Not a fan of pills? No problem! Try delicious powdered juice blends like this one, which contains anti-oxidant and immunity-boosting properties, which taste so good, most people wouldn’t mind taking it every day. In addition, this vegan option is made with 100% pure ingredients to make sure you won’t get any unwanted side effects from consumption.

Biofinest Acai Berry Juice Powder retails on Lazada for SGD39.90.

8. Remedy Organic Kombucha

Kombucha is a fermented drink full of live cultures to help digestion and overall well-being, while being low in calories so you stay on track with your diet. This super trendy drink is usually available in hip cafes, but you can actually buy them online and enjoy them at home.

To make kombucha even more delectable, Remedy makes them sparkling and offers four refreshing flavours for you to choose from: Lemon Lime Mint, Cherry Plum, Apple Crisp, and Ginger & Lemon.

Remedy Organic Kombucha retails for SGD12.98 for a pack of four on Little Farms.

9. Kids Good Stuff Multinutrient Smoothie Mix

Picky little eaters may need some supplement to make sure they are still receiving their due amount of daily nutrients. Consider this child-friendly smoothie mix that comes in Vanilla Caramel, Strawberry, and Chocolate – that most children will enjoy.

Kids Good Stuff Multinutrient Smoothie Mix retails at SGD49.98 on Little Farms.

10. Nature’s Superfoods Organic Coconut Palm Sugar

When we think about healthy-eating, we often associate it with troublesome meal preps or expensive subscription bentos. But it can be as simple as making small alterations to your diet, such as swapping refined cane sugar with coconut palm sugar that not only contains healthy fats, but also has a much lower glycemic index than regular sugar. Having a low GI diet can help reduce the risk of diabetes.

If you’d like to start with this little step, try this organic coconut palm sugar that tastes good while delivering lower GI for better health.

Nature’s Superfoods Organic Coconut Palm Sugar retails on Lazada for SGD11.80.

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