Technical consultations

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.

Technical questions from our customers, and answered by our expert technicians

 

Cod Liver Oil form

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 are the Betaglucans?

What are the Betaglucans?

R/ Betaglucans or Beta-glucans are a very beneficial type of fiber found in some vegetables and help maintain normal blood cholesterol levels.

We can find betaglucans in foods such as oats or barley, and the consumption of them from this source helps reduce the rise in blood glucose after eating. We also find them in the form of supplements, constituting another ideal alternative to take advantage of their benefits without modifying our diet.

Lamberts® formula for the maintenance of hair

If Florisene® is for a specific type of hair loss, what Lamberts® formula contains the nutrients recommended for the maintenance of hair in men and women who do not need Florisene?

R /Florisene® is a vitamin complex formulated to address the most common hair loss in women, Chronic Telogenic Effluvium or CTE.

When serum ferritin decreases below a certain point, which may vary according to the individual, the hair growth cycle is interrupted causing its fall. In some women this causes a gradual hair loss and volume. In others, hair loss is very obvious, with a greater fall when washing or brushing hair.

Maxi Hair® is a multi-nutrient formula that contains a significant amount of iron and a good selection of nutrients, (including B vitamins and biotin), which contribute to the normal maintenance of the skin, hair and nails, and can be used by both sexes

The two formulas should not be taken, because we would be excessively doubling the intake of nutrients such as iron. That is why we say that when you take Maxi Hair® do not take any other multi formula, including Florisene®.

It is important to know the specific cause of hair loss, since there could be many, from stress, CTE, low iron, hereditary, etc. This must be clarified by the health professional.

Betaine HCI and Pepsin 5 dosage

I am taking Betaine HCI 324 mg and Pepsin 5 mg in tablets. I think it is too strong for me and I would like to try half a tablet (half a dose). Can I split it and take it?

R/ The tablets in this supplement are designed to dissolve in the stomach, which is where acidification is required, since it releases hydrochloric acid, the same acid that occurs naturally in the stomach (but does not alter gastric acidity). In this way it helps replace part of the acidity loss in the stomach, thus cooperating in the digestion of food.

The tablets are made to fulfill a purpose during their disintegration time. To achieve this goal, excipients are used (also called inactive ingredients, since they have no nutritional contribution). If the tablet is broken, some stomach sensitive people may cause discomfort, since the disintegration objective would not be met in the manner established in the manufacture of the tablet.

Many people swallowing the crushed or broken tablet, which is prepared to open in the stomach, notice the taste of the ingredients, which is not always pleasant, and this can be perceived as irritation, (not necessarily as burning), but Betaine is precisely a product that we recommend NOT TO crush the tablet, since it is very acidic. The best thing would be to always swallow it whole or chop it in two and swallow, but the drawback is that you can notice a strong taste. Additionally, we cannot guarantee that just half of the tablet contains half the dose, since it is not marked for that use.

It is important to be sure that the problem is hypo or achlorhydria. Otherwise, you could have problems due to improper use.

Food supplements are not medicines, although we find them in the form of tablets or capsules, but necessary nutrients, which in many cases we cannot acquire adequately from regular food, but which, when they are concentrated healthy substances, collaborate in optimally completing our individual nutritional requirements.

 

L-GLUTAMIN POWDER does not contain fructose

Can you confirm if your product, L-GLUTAMIN POWDER 500 gr, does not contain fructose?

R/ Glutamine powder does not contain fructose; it is 100% pure glutamine in free form and can be absorbed immediately. We use a grade of glutamine suitable for clinical use and our product is manufactured and tested in the UK under GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) manufacturing standards. The tablets are the most likely to contain inert additives known as excipients, which are used to preserve or give consistency to the supplement.

What are Essential nutrients?

I hear about “essential nutrients” frequently, what are they?

R/ Essential nutrients are essential for the maintenance of basic daily functions for health and life itself. These functions are carried out in every cell and every organ of the body, every minute of every day, from birth to death. An essential nutrient is a substance that the body must have to function, but which it cannot produce on its own, therefore, the nutrient must be obtained from external sources, that is, from food.

There are 13 vitamins (which by definition are essential), 15 essential minerals or electrolytes, nine essential amino acids, and two essential fatty acids.

About Natural Betacarotene 15mg

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.

5-HTP absortion

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.

Zincatest® taste test

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.

Lamberts® Sea Buckthorn Oil: no salicylates

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.

Quercetin for allergics

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.

Formulation criteria

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.

Latin name of the berry in Eyewise

I am very interested in the ‘Eyewise’ product. Can you tell me the Latin name of the berry used in the product? What is zeaxanthin?

A/ The Latin name is rubus fruticosus. The zeaxanthin plant component is closely related to lutein and only has a slightly different chemical structure. In the diet, these two compounds appear naturally together, so we believe that both are important for the Eyewise formula. We also add some extracts of grape and cranberry plants

Histidine origin

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.

Formulation of powder ascorbic acid

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.

Colladeen – Pycnogenol comparision

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.

L-Glutathione form

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.

Flaxseed Oil Oxalate-free

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.

Lamberts Cod Liver Oil form

Is Lamberts Cod Liver Oil in the triglyceride or ethyl ester form?

R/ Lamberts Cod Liver Oil is in the triglyceride form.

Too much vitamin A ?

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.

Supplementation during lactation

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.

Vitamin A supplement

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.)

Is Florisene® suitable for men?

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.

Calasorb taken with a meal?

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.

Dosage per capsule of your Equinacea

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.