Q. Firstly, what does ‘opti’ actually mean?
A. This part is pretty simple. Dr Sarah says, ‘The term ‘opti’ essentially means that the formulation of the supplement is optimised to ensure maximum absorption by the body.’
Q. What is the difference between a standard supplement and an ‘opti’ supplement?
A. 'An optimised formula is based on research into the most bioavailable ingredients. An optimised supplement will supply nutrients that are quickly absorbed, in a form that your cells can use as speedily as possible.'
If you’re confused about ‘bioavailability’, it refers to how well a nutrient is absorbed and used in the body.
Dr Sarah says, ‘The ingredients in standard supplements may be less easily absorbed by some people, either because they are less soluble, or because your cells may need to do more work to convert the ingredients into the active form. When supplements are less easily absorbed by the body it can take longer to obtain the positive benefits.’
Q. How does Healthspan apply ‘opti’ to its products?
A. ‘Opti-Turmeric is a great example of an optimised supplement formula as it provides turmeric in the form of liquid micelles that are more easily absorbed. In fact, over a 24-hour period your body can absorb as much as 185-times the amount of active ingredients via an opti-turmeric capsule, compared with standard turmeric powder. It is also 7 times faster acting.
Another good example is Opti-Magnesium, which contains two of the most easily absorbed sources of magnesium – magnesium citrate and dimagnesium malate.
Opti-Omega 3 also provides you with more of the beneficial fatty acids EPA and DHA than standard fish oils.’
Q. How does the ‘opti’ range compare to Healthspan’s standard products?
A. ‘While the Opti-range offers premium quality and absorption, younger people and those with a healthy digestive system will still absorb good amounts of nutrients from standard products.’
Q. Do standard products still work?
A. ‘Of course. All Healthspan supplements are carefully formulated by experts to provide excellent nutritional value at the best possible price. However, we recognise that some people will benefit from the enhanced bioavailability provided by the Opti range.’
Dr Sarah’s guide to absorbing supplements effectively
Ensuring you are taking your supplements in the best possible way for their absorption is just as important as remembering to take them. Follow these tips from Dr Sarah to make sure you are doing just that.