Life’s one great balancing act – getting your diet and nutritional requirements doesn’t need to one be too!

As Albert Einstein said: ”Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving”. So we do and, for many women, it’s is hard to achieve a well-balanced nutritional diet, one that provides everything you need when you are juggling family, work and friends and endeavouring to get whole balance right.

Our bodies need over 40 vitamins and minerals to function properly, but getting these through your diet can be quite a challenge. While many dietary recommendations are beneficial to both men and women, women’s bodies have different needs when it comes to vitamins.

By taking time to learn about the essential vitamins and minerals for women and how women’s nutritional needs change throughout their life cycle, you can ensure that you, or the women you love, maintain optimal health throughout their lives.

To help you with your busy lifestyle and improve your vitamin intake, Allcare pharmacies nationwide are offering essential vitamins and minerals from leading brands such as Quest, Natures Aid, Proven, and Vega Nutritionals, available now in your local Allcare.

Here are some of our favourites and how you can benefit from them:

Mega 8 Biotix (Quest) €24.95

The constantly changing requirements of a woman’s body throughout her life mean that supplements can play a crucial role in helping with everything – from fertility & pregnancy support to premenstrual & menopause relief.

This 8 strain high potency probiotic supplement with 30 million active organisms is designed to support digestive, gut and immune health

What is good for? Gut & Digestion, Antibiotics, Pregnancy, Detox

How does it help? Everyday support for gut, bowel, digestive and immune health. Recommended to restore & maintain the natural bacterial balance in the gut affected by travel, stress, drugs and diet. High Potency 30 billion viable organisms. Includes Maltodextrin, as a prebiotic, supporting the probiotic activity. With DR Caps, a unique delayed release capsule shell that protects sensitive bacteria from stomach acid.

Collagen Beauty Formula (Natures Aid) €36.95

Who doesn’t want to look beautiful, radiant with glowing skin, shiny hair and healthy nails – all very tangible signs of health and well-being. But how do you achieve that when there are so many other things to focus on every day?

What it is good for? Healthy skin, nails and hair.

How does it help? Nature’s Aid Collagen Beauty Formula has been designed to help achieve healthy skin, hair and nails and formulated using hydrolysed pure marine collagen; collagen is a protein and forms the main component of connective tissues such as tendons, ligaments and skin.

Natures Aid Collagen Beauty Formula also combines several carefully selected nutrients to help maintain skin health – Vitamin C, Copper and Vitamins B2 & B3 all contribute to the maintenance of normal skin; Zinc contributes to the maintenance of normal skin, hair & nails and Biotin contributes to the maintenance of normal skin and hair. It also contains skin supporting nutrients, such as Vitamin C , Zinc, Copper, Riboflavin, Niacin and Biotin.

Active Woman (Natures Aid)€11.20

Something which is rarely talked about is loss of libido in women; it is a common problem and actually affects more women than men. It is often linked to professional and personal stress, or important life changing events – such as pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding.

What is it used for? Useful for sexual dysfunction, sexual potency and fertility and to enhance sexual function

How does it help? Through its formulation Arginine , Siberian Ginseng, Damiana , Maca, Horny Goat weed, these nutrients help improve sexual performance, virility, increasing pleasure and enhancing excitement, giving women a healthy sex life.

CranBiotix (Quest) €13.95

A common problem for many women is recurring urinary tract infections and/or other bacterial and fungal vaginal infections; all of which really are uncomfortable, can be very painful and really interrupt everyday life. Cranberry has long been seen as a help, but there is a more simple solution that actively helps protect against contracting these infections.

What is it used for? CranBiotix by Quest is a targeted probiotic designed to help prevent and reduce the symptoms of recurring UTIs and bacterial / fungal vaginal infections.

How does it help? Each capsule provides 72mg of proanthocyanidins from cranberry extract, a level shown to provide protection against bacterial adhesion and viral activity in the urinary tract. Oral consumption of probiotic bacteria may lead to colonisation of friendly bacteria in the vaginal area, to protect against vaginal infections such as bacterial vaginosis, urinary tract infections and yeast vaginitis. Combines cranberry extract and lactobacilli probiotic bacteria, L.rhamnosus, L.acidophilus and L.casei. Has a unique delayed release capsule shell that protects sensitive bacteria from stomach acid.

CranBiotix may be used in cases of recurring infections to avoid overuse of conventional medications such as antibiotics.

Fit For School (Proven) 14 sticks €9.95

How often are your kids regularly absent from school because of persistent coughs and colds, many of which aren’t major, but mean that they miss out on school time when that needn’t be the case? We also know, there’s no cure for the common cold yet coughs and colds are the most common illnesses in Ireland, with adults suffering an average of 2-3 episodes and children up to eight episodes a year.

The most effective way of helping to prevent coughs and colds is to support the immune system and friendly bacteria are increasingly being shown to help with this – this is where ProVen Probiotics’ Fit for School comes in…

ProVen Fit for School was used in the Pro Child study, which took place over six months and those children taking Fit for School saw a 30 % reduction in absenteeism from school due to coughs, colds and other upper respiratory tract infections.

What is it good for? Specially formulated for children from one year old to help maintain immune function and general well being.

How does it help? Contains 12.5 billion friendly bacteria and vitamin C as used in the ProChild clinical study. Includes vitamin D for normal growth and development of bones in children. Contains prebiotic soluble fibre (FOS) to provide fuel for the growth of the friendly bacteria.

Urgent D (Vega Nutritionals) €8.95

Have you been spending a lot of time indoors over the last few of months? Like most people living in Ireland, during the winter months you have most likely developed a Vitamin D deficiency, due to lack of sun exposure. It is recommended that everybody takes a Vitamin D supplement to help combat this deficiency and also to help regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body and contribute to the normal function of the immune system.

What is it good for? Vitamin D deficiency, Bones, Teeth, Muscles, Immune System.

What does it do? Urgent D chewable tablets have been shown, in published clinical studies, to completely resolve vitamin D deficiency in adults. They are hyper-absorbable and into the bloodstream in less than 4 minutes.

Want to know more? Visit your local Allcare and get personal diet and nutritional advice from one of our staff members. Find your nearest store here.