Readers of this blog know that I write a lot about health. As a menopausal, 50-something woman, late to motherhood and with one or two chronic health conditions, it comes with the territory. And, as any savvy woman will tell you, taking the responsibility for your health in your own hands is the only way to go.
For many of us, that means not only a good diet and exercise regime, sleep hygiene and caring for our minds as well as our bodies, but exploring ways to feel good and stave off ageing too. For this reason, many of us explore supplements to complement our body maintenance and I have discovered a new brand, Birch & Wilde whose ethos is to ’empower your wellbeing’ – a sentiment I can readily get behind.
Birch & Wilde is the brainchild of Tara Barton who recognised the toll a high-stress lifestyle was taking on her physical and mental wellbeing. She created a range of supplements designed to support your body and physical health in the knowledge that when you feel well, you tend to think well and enjoy increased emotional fulfilment.
She is also lucky enough to live near Kingsbridge in Devon which is a Hobbis family haunt every year.
Birch & Wilde supplements feature the following:-
- Marine Collagen to boost and revive
- D-Mannose & Cranberry Extract to cleanse and purify
- Organic Ashwagandha for calmness and clarity
and you can purchase these separately or in twin packs.
I was sent the Marine Collagen and Organic Ashwagandha twin pack to try (RRP £36.97 – a 5% saving on buying them separately).
If you suffer from recurrent UTIs and bladder problems, by the way, I highly recommend you try D-Mannose & Cranberry Extract to stave off symptoms and to enhance bladder health. Ladies suffering from vaginal atrophy and pelvic floor problems may find that the bladder suffers too so it is worth researching the benefits of D-Mannose and giving it a try. Obviously, I am not a doctor but those of us who put up with these things tend to become ‘patient experts’ as we research our conditions and share our experiences a lot!
In fact, late last year D-Mannose was added to NICE Guidance (Public Health England) in respect of self-care for prevention of UTIs. It means that medical practitioners can now actively recommend it (not a specific brand), for this purpose and that the supporting science is clearly there.
But back to the benefits of Marine Collagen and Organic Ashwagandha.
Collagen supplements offer great benefits for skin, hair and nails. Collagen is the connective tissue that holds your body together and supplements may help boost joint health and even rejuvenate cartilage and bone.
Unfortunately, by the time you reach the age of 40, your collagen production is about 75% of its maximum and at 60, production has reduced by 50% or more. Hello wrinkles, crepey skins and a complexion that is just not as firm as it was.
Add to that the fact that years of sun exposure won’t have helped and that all your skin bad habits tend to catch up with you eventually, slapping on a face cream won’t be enough but, for many of us, tweakments, fillers and surgery are just too much.
Birch & Wilde use hydrolysed collagen which is easier for the body to absorb and it comes from fish not cattle and research has shown that this form is the most efficient and easy to digest collagen for health uses.
- anti-ageing properties
- stronger, healthier bones
- support for wound healing
- support for digestion and intestines
- clear skin, stronger nails and hair
- an anti-bacterial boost
Did you know that collagen helps prevent the spread of nasty infections like Staphylococcus aureus (Staph infection) in the body?
Birch & Wilde Marine Collagen Boost & Revive comes in 30 day supply bottle (60 capsules), 60 day supply bottle and a twin pack (2 x 60 days supply) or you can purchase it combined with Ashwagandha.
The packaging of Birch & Wilde products is absolutely gorgeous with white and rose gold labels and motivational quotes to inspire you too.
Now I will be honest and say that I hadn’t heard of this before but it is a supplement which can help you to manage stress and anxiety better, improve your memory and cognitive function and help you sleep better.
Ashwagandha use started in India through the ancient medicinal system of Ayurveda and is regarded as a powerful health-promoting herb. It is also known as Withania Somnifera or Indian Ginseng.
Ayurveda has long been used for wellbeing and health support in India and it is believed that both Tibetan Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine have their roots in the Ayurvedic lifestyle.
Ashwagandha is classed as an ‘adaptogen’ which means that it can help your body to moderate and manage your stress response. It can also help balance your hormones and improve quality of sleep.
In addition, it helps boost brain function, reducing inflammation and helping to lower blood sugar levels.
Tinnitus sufferers may have read recently that brain inflammation may be indicated as a cause of this distressing condition so, whilst research continues (usually at a very slow pace), it may be worth exploring supplements which support a healthy brain function.
- reduced stress & anxiety
- support for cortisol reduction
- improved cognitive function & memory
- lower inflammation
- reduced symptoms of depression
- reduced blood sugar levels
- increased strength & muscle mass
- support for male fertility
Did you know that it may be the production of excess cortisol (through stress) that is actually responsible for the ‘menopause belly’? Obviously, Krispy Kreme Donuts won’t help but if you are struggling with weight loss, it isn’t always as simple as “eat less and exercise more”.
The recommended dosage of this supplement is between 350mg – 650mg per day and the Birch & Wilde Ashwagandha supplement is designed so that two capsules of 300mg can be taken daily. They advise taking one capsule a day for the first week to allow your body to adjust to it.
Birch & Wilde Organic Ashwagandha comes in a 60 day supply bottle (120 capsules) and a twin pack (2 x 60 days supply) or you can purchase it combined with Marine Collagen.