The benefits of dietary supplements are increasingly recognized by international health sector agencies such as EFSA Europe, CRN, FDA and many others.
We offer in this section the answers to the questions sent to us by customers and consumers. These are posted for informational purposes only and with no intention to prescribe or replace the advice of a health professional.
Food supplements should not be used as a substitute for a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle.
I wanted to ask you two questions about natural Beta-carotene 15mg with mixed carotenoids: 1. Is beta-carotene a synthetic or natural source? 2. Is sunflower seed oil hydrogenated?
R/ I can confirm that our natural beta-carotene is natural, and is obtained from Dunaliella saline algae. The sunflower seed oil we use is not hydrogenated.
How is 5-HTP absorbed?
R/ 5-HTP is absorbed through the intestine. As it does not require the presence of a transport molecule for absorption, it is not affected by the presence of other amino acids; and therefore it can be taken with meals without reducing its effectiveness. 5-HTP is well absorbed from an oral dose. 70% end up in the bloodstream.
Is Florisene suitable for men?
R /Florisene is a supplement that has high iron content and has been formulated for a particular type of hair loss related to low iron stores in the body. This is more common in women and may be appropriate only for a man whose iron stores are very low. This would be better determined by a blood test.
Hair loss in men is often hereditary or, sometimes, due to stress. Stress-related hair loss can be supported by the use of a good multivitamin and mineral formula and fish oil. Both supplements ensure that your body gets all the vital nutrients it needs for optimal health.
The extract of your Saw Palmetto is a dry extract?
Indeed, our standardized extracts are dry extracts. The presentation form is solid, so the product is a dry extract. In the case that they were fluid extracts, which is another type of extract, they would be liquid.
In the extracts, the concentration or presence of useful active ingredients, which are those that are standardized, are expressed in terms of a proportion such as 9: 1, in which case, each gram of extract corresponds to 9 grams of plant in origin. This facilitates the possibility of having a greater amount of the active substance, in less volume and with guarantees. The standardized dry extracts assure us a constant amount of the active ingredients of the plant and also constitute a guarantee of safety and efficacy.
In the case of our product Saw Palmeto, it is also a concentrated extract of berries in the form of dry extract, coming from the berries that is the raw material. With respect to the concentration and amount of active ingredient, we use an extract that is up to 12 times more concentrated than the cheapest powdered berries used by many companies, which consist mainly of fibers and sugars. Berries are collected at the optimum time for the preparation of our product, in order to provide the most appropriate level of active ingredients.
The fat-soluble extract of the berries is the one that contains the most important compounds that are mainly flavonoids, fatty acids, and sterols. On the other hand, the concentration process with the controls carried out ensures that the content of the active ingredients in the dry extracts remains optimized. Our formula has at least 85% fatty acid content, which is equivalent to 136 mg of fatty acids per capsule in an extract ratio of 9: 1.
In addition to Zincatest® (liquid), do you offer other taste test products for other nutrients?
R/ There is no similar test to Zincatest® for any other Lamberts® nutrient. The reason why Zincatest® works in a taste response is that zinc ions are involved in the activity of human taste buds and, therefore, have a direct interaction with our tongue to indicate a high or low level of zinc in the body. No other nutrient has this same effect.
Zincatest® liquid was developed by Dr. Derek Bryce-Smith as a reliable and easy-to-administer method to assess zinc status. Dr. Bryce-Smith (who was Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Reading) published his findings in a study titled Anorexia, Depression and Zinc Deficiency, and also published a book called Zinc Solution.
Does Lamberts® Sea Buckthorn Oil contain salicylates? I have noticed that some brands extract the oil from the seeds and the pulp, while the Lamberts formula is only extracted from the pulp. Why?
There are no salicylates present in the formula of Lamberts® sea buckthorn oil. Some products use a mixture of seeds and pulp, others only pulp. We chose to use the pulp due to the greater natural composition of the carotenoids, but the most important is the long history of fruit consumption. We always want to make sure that what we get has been part of the diet, in which the fruit has been for centuries.
Both seed oil and pulp oil can be applied topically.
Can I take Lamberts® Quercetin if I am allergic to some vegetables?
A/ Our product is made from flowers of Sophorae japonica, which we know do not contain common allergens. It is typically harvested in Japan or Korea. We use pure quercetin in an easy way to absorb and the tablets are specially coated so that they can be easily swallowed.
Is Lamberts Korean Ginseng red ginseng?
R / Panax ginseng corresponds to the common name of red or white ginseng according to age. In the case of the root prepared by Lamberts it is 6 years. Therefore it is red. The label describes the milligrams of gingenosides 24, but it is not differentiated. The label indicates the equivalent amount of substance without extracting and the extract.
So 120mg of the extract equals 1200 mg without concentrating. In this way, the proportion of the extract or concentrate is explained in a simple way to the clients, that is, if we make the accounts, by a simple rule of 3: if 1200 have been reduced in the extract to 120; It will be like a 10: 1 excerpt. The forms are dry extract.
Is Cod Liver Oil in the form of triglycerides or in the form of ethyl esters?
R/ Lamberts Cod Liver Oil is in the form of triglycerides.
What elements do you have in mind when formulating your product range?
A/ Whether they are of the type (Vitamins, Digestive Aids, Multinutrient or Multivitamin Formulas, Fatty Acids, etc.), premium food supplements need to have the correct potency, since dosing is the key to success when using the Nutrition and phytotherapy in professional practice.
The nutrients may have been correctly selected, but at the wrong levels the expected results will not be obtained. Something as important as finding the correct dose, can be very difficult to obtain in many of the products, therefore, when we develop formulas we start by dosing.
What is FOS?
R/ FOS, an abbreviated name for fructo-oligosaccharides, is a pure form of soluble fiber, derived from chicory root. The average diet provides only 2-3 grams of FOS, when it is estimated that the optimal intake should be 5 to 10 grams.
The general advice is that we should consume 20 grams of fiber daily, but if you do not succeed (and many only reach half of this), the FOS can make a real difference.
Where is histidine obtained from?
R / Histidine is obtained by natural fermentation of rice. There are no known allergens or sugar in the final product.
I would like to know what type of formulation Lamberts powder has ascorbic acid. There are many for sale and since vitamin C oxidizes very quickly in contact with air, I wondered if it chemically has any modification that makes it more durable.
R/ Our ascorbic acid is pure ascorbic acid and has not had any chemical alteration. Although it is prone to oxidation, our packaging is tested with the dose and the shelf life of the nutrient, it is within its specifications.
There are 5 parameters that affect the degradation of ascorbic acid: oxygen, metal ions, pH, light and temperature.
Oxidation of ascorbic acid can be reduced / avoided if no oxidant is present. When left open to air, ascorbic acid is prone to oxidation, but if our containers are kept closed when not in use, the amount of oxygen that enters and oxidizes ascorbic acid will be limited. Although opening and closing several times a day will allow oxygen to enter, the product has been tested to ensure it meets the specifications and the shelf life of 2 years.
It is known that light influences the rate of oxidation of vitamin C. Although the general advice is to keep it in a dark place, our HDPE containers act as an effective barrier against light.
The temperature determines the movement of the molecules, the higher the temperature, the more atoms and molecules will move. This makes it more likely that the molecules will find each other and, therefore, react. Therefore, a higher temperature often results in a higher reaction rate. This is also the case with the oxidation of vitamin C, while our HDPE containers (High Density Polyethylene) provide some protection against temperature, so we also recommend storage in a cool place.
How does Colladeen compare to Pycnogenol?
A/ Both Colladeen and Pycnogenol were inspired by Dr. Masqueliere’s work in this scientific and clinical subtype of polyphenol. Dr. Masqueliere’s work focused mainly on Pycnogenol obtained from the pine bark (Pinus pinaster), in Lamberts we decided to develop a source of anthocyanins that is natural for the diet and use grape vitis vinifera.
An anthocyanidin is an important polyphenol known to give rise to longer chain versions of itself, known as polymers (or oligomers). When more than 2, but less than 5 of these molecules, bind together they are known as oligomeric procyanindins (also known as OPCs) or PCO (procyanidolic oligomers or proanthocyanidins).
Pycnogenol (pine bark extract) is standardized to provide 65-75% of OPC in total, however, as this is a patented ingredient, only the total weight of the compound is seen on the product labels. In the Lamberts formula, the 40 mg Pycnogenol capsule will provide between 26-30 mg of OPC. Therefore, as it is the OPCs that provide the clinical benefits, we have taken the additional investment to standardize this in Colladeen, where each Colladeen tablet contains 160 mg of real OPCs.
In which form is L-Glutathione?
R / Our L-Glutathione Complex is in the reduced form and we use it since it is the biologically active form.
Is Lamberts Flaxseed Oil Oxalate-free ?
Yes it is oxalate free, as is our whole range. As for Flaxseed oil, the extraction come from the seed. Our flaxseed oil comes from brown and golden flax seeds since our main interest is in the contribution of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids and both varieties have very similar properties.
The exception is a type of yellow flax seed called solin (trade name Linola), which has a completely different oil profile which is very low in omega-3 fatty acids, so we do not use this variety since it has no properties relevant to health.
It is true that fish liver oils such as cod liver oil do contain significant amounts of vitamin A in comparison to most traditional fish oil supplements (from the oil in fish meat) – and this should be of concern when taken with a multivitamin.
R/ The established upper limit for vitamin A for adults is 1500ug according to the Expert Committee on Vitamins and Minerals of the Food Standards Agency published in May 2003. Considering this is calculated on an average of 700µg per day from food this leaves a recommended maximum from supplements of 800ug/day.
The Lamberts Cod Liver Oil contains 800 µg of vitamin A per capsule and so could be taken with a multivitamin low in vitamin A in the retinol form such as Fema 45+; or those which exclude vitamin A such as Multi-Guard ADR; Strongstart MVM; Multi-Guard Control or Maxi Hair.
A number of multivitamin formulas in the Lamberts range do contain a significant dose of vitamin A and so it would not be recommended to take Cod Liver Oil alongside these. In this case we would suggest consideration of Lamberts Fish Oil which contain robust levels of the fish oil active ingredients without running the risk of consuming too much vitamin A.
When calculating the amount of vitamin A you are getting from supplements, note that the upper limit only includes the retinol form, such as retinyl acetate or retinyl palmitate, not beta-carotene.
Is Lamberts Cod Liver Oil in the triglyceride or ethyl ester form?
R/ Lamberts Cod Liver Oil is in the triglyceride form.
My dog is a year and a half. I am giving him the Pet Nutrition Multi and I want to know if I should give him a break from taking it, or if I can continuously supply it over time. I would also like to know if this multi is enough to help prevent hair from falling out or it would be good to complement it with the Omega 3 for pet.
R/ A multi-nutrient formula is often the mainstay of a supplementation program. The food supplements are not medicines, but necessary nutrients that sometimes we cannot acquire properly from the regular diet, therefore they collaborate in completing individual nutritional requirements. Our unique multi for pets has been formulated by experts to ensure that your dog receives all the essential micronutrients it needs. It provides a wide range of vitamins and minerals, including antioxidant vitamins A, C and E, as well as minerals at adjusted levels.
Omega 3 products are routinely recommended by veterinarians for dogs and cats, and this product is an affordable way to improve your daily intake of Omega 3 fatty acids. However, you should be aware that any food supplement you intend to take or supply to your pet should be discussed with a health professional. Unfortunately, we do not have veterinary professionals on our staff, so we advise you to speak to the veterinarian who cares for your pet on the adequate supplementation and the adjustment of the doses.
How should I interpret the dosage per capsule of your Equinacea. It says 1000 mg and also puts 200 mg of extract.
R/ Echinacea is rich in numerous important components. Although the analysis of echinacea purpurea has provided a selection of chemical components with some pharmacological activity, it is the phenolic compounds that are used for the standardization procedures.
LAMBERTS® is in favor of the standardized extracts, since the extraction and concentration procedures of the active compounds guarantee that the vegetable product is much more powerful than those products based on the whole pulverized plant, where nothing is done to concentrate said compounds. Our 200 mg extract is obtained from more than 1000 mg of dry herb powder and therefore it is estimated to be more potent than a product that contains simply 200 mg of total pulverized plant material.
The accounts are made in the following way: An extract 5: 1 means that each 1 mg of extract is equivalent to 5 mg of the product without concentrating. Then, by a rule of three: 200 mg of concentrate (extract) is equivalent to: 200 x 5 = 1000 mg of product without concentrating. Instead of having 1000 mg without concentrating, there are 200 mg concentrated, which occupy less and are equivalent. We add Vitamin C and Zinc to our formulation as they contribute to the normal functioning of the immune system.
Does Calasorb need to be taken with a meal?
R/ Yes, it can be taken with a meal. It won’t irritate the stomach or gut either as it still has an alkaline pH due to the calcium content. Ideally though most people would still take with food as there is a risk of feeling nauseated if it is taken on an empty stomach.
Is Florisene® suitable for men?
R/ Florisene® is a supplement that is high in iron and has been formulated for a particular type of hair loss related to having low serum ferritin (iron stores) in the body. This is most common in women, and might only be appropriate for a man whose iron stores were very low. This is best determined by a blood test. Hair loss is men can often be hereditary or sometimes due to stress. Stress related hair loss may be supported by the use of a good multivitamin and mineral preparation such as Maxi Hair® and Fish Oil. Both of these supplements ensure that your body is getting all the vital nutrients it needs for optimum health. There is currently no supplementary support for hereditary type hair loss.
I cannot find a vitamin A supplement in your catalogue?
R/ If you wish to increase the intake of vitamin A, you could consider Natural Beta Carotene as an excellent alternative. Beta carotene is a precursor of vitamin A.
It is a water-soluble form and your body will convert it to vitamin A as much as it is required, the rest will be excreted.
Whereas vitamin A is fat-soluble vitamin and the amount not required may be stored in the liver. Our product contains per 1 capsule 2435 mcg of vitamin A equivalent (= 7800I.U.)
I have to supplement with B12 but I am currently breastfeeding and I see your product is not suitable for me. Could you tell me the reason for this? I precisely try to avoid lack of B12 in breast milk because I do not eat a lot of food of animal origin.
R/ Some supplements, in certain doses, are not tested in pregnant or breastfeeding women because it is not ethical to do so. It does not necessarily mean a contraindication, but Lamberts prefers that if they are to be recommended it is a Health professional who does it. When it is a contraindication (that supposes a known problem, it is indicated as such).
A precaution is set so that people do not supplement on their own, even if they are nutrients that are in the food, without professional advice, as is the case of pregnancy / lactation. Therefore, we advise you to check your diet, perhaps help you make some changes and any decision regarding supplements with a health professional.
Lamberts has a special formula for women that can be used during pregnancy and lactation. It’s called Strong Start MVM.
Why has Lamberts® chosen bovine and non-marine chondroitin?
Chondroitin generally comes from shark species and we are not convinced that this is a renewable resource.
We are also concerned about reports of how cruel the shark fishing industry is. The global demand for shark cartilage has meant the depletion of the world population of sharks and the loss of many of them in the oceans.
For this reason we use bovine chondroitin, as it is a by-product of the beef industry and a well-regulated high quality material. The bovine chondroitin we use is a highly refined material made from GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) and USP standards (Pharmacopoeia from the United States), from Australia and New Zealand.