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Choosing the Right Supplement

Choosing the Right Supplement

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Your YorkTest Nutritional Therapist will advise you if supplements are appropriate for you, taking into consideration the results of your Food Intolerance Test, your diet, nutrition and other factors that you may discuss at your consultation with the Nutritional Therapist.  All YorkTest Laboratories’ Food Intolerance Tests come with a complimentary 30-minute consultation with an expert Nutritional Therapist.   

This guide below gives an overview of each of the supplements and vitamins offered by YorkTest Laboratories….

Premium Dietary Supplement

Premium Dietary is a comprehensive digestive support which helps to maintain the ecological community of the gastrointestinal tract, nourish, and provide energy to the epithelial tissue, support the regulation of inflammatory responses, and maintain gut immunity.

It is a simple to use four-in-one supplement programme for 30 days in which all four aspects can be taken together at the same time during any meal. The four aspects are packed together on a serrated strip from which the daily intake can easily be separated.

The four aspects of this supplement are:

  1. Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus casei, Bifidobacterium lactis (beneficial bacteria) with Acacia bark and Chicory prebiotic in a white capsule.
  • Freeze Dried Garlic Cloves in a slow-release white tablet.
  • Cinnamon Oil, Cinnamon Bark with Caprylic acid in a brown capsule, and like Garlic is nourishing to the intestines and complements its activity. 
  • L-glutamine and N-acetyl glucosamine in a yellow tablet which provide specific nutrition for gut epithelial integrity. 

The garlic provides all the nutritional benefits of a fresh garlic clove. The volatile components that can be lost through processing or cooking are retained, without creating the strong odour often associated with Garlic supplements and may suit individuals who are sensitive to standard one-off doses of garlic.

Natural Enzymes Supplement

Foods have to be broken down into smaller particles liberating nutritional components such as vitamins, minerals, and proteins, to make them readily bio-available prior to them being absorbed from the digestive tract.

Natural Enzymes contains real fruit extracts that are a natural source of digestive enzymes. 

Natural Enzymes contains a combination of concentrated Pineapple and Papaya providing standardised proteolytic activity from these concentrated natural sources, helping to break down food.

Natural Enzymes also contains two separate strains of Lactobacillus acidophilus and two separate strains of Bifidobacteria. Lactic acid bacteria help convert milk sugar (lactose) into simple sugars which are more readily tolerated by sensitive individuals who may be lactose intolerant. They also help maintain the health and overall efficiency of the digestive tract, contributing to the maintenance of bowel regularity.

Suitable for those following a gluten or dairy free diet.

Gamma Oryzanol from rice germ may help maintain the integrity of the lining of both the stomach and intestine.

Suitable for vegans and vegetarians.

Gut Bacteria Supplement

Gut Bacteria supplies a synergistic blend of resident and transient strains of beneficial bacteria which in combination make a significant contribution to health and immunity. The most commonly used organisms are strains of Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria. These are bacteria that naturally inhabit the human body. Many strains have been safely used for centuries in fermented foods and have no known toxicity or virulence. They are often referred to as “beneficial bacteria” as they form a part of our normal (commensal) microflora.

Gut Bacteria provides four different beneficial strains of lactobacilli and bifidobacteria – Acidophilus, Kefir, Bulgaricus and Bifidum, 10 billion live organisms per capsule and is FOS free, dairy free, gluten free and yeast free.

Gut Bacteria is in a form that remains intact during digestion to survive the passage through the digestive tract to reach the intestinal mucosa. Intestinal mucosa is critical to the synthesis and absorption of nutrients, providing important protection against potentially harmful agents and infection, and plays an important role in overall immune function.

Dietary Immune Supplement

Many individuals suffer with some form of long term dysbiosis and may only get temporary relief on a day-to-day basis. Dietary Immune provides exceptional nourishment with an intensive combination of lactic bacteria, complex plant fibres and fruit powders for specific immune support using food factors that lead to further by products that have a significant role in re-establishing symbiosis and health on many levels. Plant foods in combination with beneficial gut flora can form secondary metabolites which display many different health promoting biological activities.

Dietary Immune is a powder in a one-a-day sachet to mix in cold water or other cold drink. It makes a pleasant tasting drink from its fruit base of Pear pulp and Pomegranate with a combination of 50 billion live organisms – lactic bacteria cultures including Kefir and Acidophilus along with Pectin (a soluble fibre) and Larch Arabinogalactans (non-starch polysaccharides) which are an excellent source of dietary fibre that contribute to intestinal health.

Dietary Immune also contains Vitamin B6 and Vitamin C that contribute to the normal function of the immune system.

Non-dairy and is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

Dietary Elimination Supplement

Maintaining the integrity and normal function of epithelial cells which line the body’s surfaces and fulfil many specific roles in the body is a primary factor in staying healthy.

Epithelial cells form a specialised component of many organ systems throughout the body and diet and exercise are vital components in helping maintain epithelial cellular integrity and providing the cohesive factors required to link them together. Various nutritional compounds found in dietary herbs and wholefoods, in Dietary Elimination provide substrates that support the role of epithelial cell activity and regulate their normal function. 

Nutritional compounds found in Dandelion Leaf and Dandelion Root, Milk Thistle and Chamomile are natural dietary sources of Luteolin and Apigenin which help with maintaining normal epithelial cell function.

Green Tea and D-Limonene, an essential oil in Lemon and Orange peel, along with Nicotinamide (Vitamin B3) also provide nutritional support in helping maintain epithelial cell integrity.

Methyl folate

Folate is one of the B-vitamins naturally found in some types of foods. It is essential to form and develop healthy cells, especially red blood cells. Supplements are often used to treat or prevent low folate levels. If folate levels are too low, it can lead to certain types of anaemia.  Anaemia is a condition where you lack enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen to your body’s tissues. Having anaemia, (also referred to as low haemoglobin), can present in symptoms such as weakness and tiredness. 

Conditions that can cause low folate levels include poor diet, alcoholism, liver disease and certain stomach and intestinal issues.  Women of childbearing age should receive adequate amounts of folic acid either through their diet or supplements to support a healthy pregnancy, as low folate levels may also occur during pregnancy. 

Benefits of Methyl Folate include:

  • Supporting those wishing to conceive as a prenatal supplement
  • Strengthening immune function
  • May help skin disorders
  • Can support diabetic peripheral neuropathy
  • May reduce Homocysteine levels

Check your folate with our Essential Health Check Test which tests for 19 different health markers including folate. 

Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 plays a really important role in red blood cell production, maintaining an energy-yielding metabolism and keeping your nervous system functioning properly.

You can have B12 deficiency without having anaemia.  Some symptoms of a deficiency include…

  • Tiredness
  • Lack of energy
  • Pins and Needles
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Headaches
  • Poor memory / cognitive function

Those at greatest risk may include…

  • Strict Vegans
  • Vegetarians on imbalance diets 
  • Newborns of Strict Vegans
  • The Elderly
  • Dialysis Patients
  • Pregnant Women

Having Crohn’s or celiac disease can interfere with the absorption of B12.

Benefits of supplementing with B12 include:

  • Supporting a healthy nervous system
  • May increase energy
  • May prevent dementia
  • May improve mood
  • Supports healthy hair, skin and nails

Check your Vitamin B12 with our Essential Health Check Test which tests for 19 different health markers including Vitamin B12. 

Vitamin D3

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that is essential for healthy, strong bones. It is widely known as the “sunshine vitamin,” vitamin D is formed when skin is exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet rays and is also found in dietary supplements and in certain foods, however this is limited and often fortified in the form of D2, which means it has been altered and added rather than naturally occurring.  The Vitamin D we get from the sun and certain animal products is in the form of D3. 

Signs of potential deficiency…

  • Weak bones
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle aches and pains

The main function of vitamin D is to help the body absorb calcium and phosphorus in the small intestine. Calcium is needed to support bone mineralization (hardening of bones), cell functions, and proper nerve and muscle function.

Benefits of Vitamin D3 supplement may include:

  • Colds and flu prevention and treatment
  • Improve mood
  • Strengthen immune function
  • Helps pain in the body
  • Increases energy
  • Strengthens bones
  • Helps wound heal

Check your Vitamin D levels with our new Vitamin D Test. Alternatively, see our Essential Health Check Test which tests for 19 different health markers including Vitamin D. 

Vegan Vitamin D3

Make sure you’re getting enough Vitamin D for keeping your mental and physical health in the best shape possible with these plant-based supplements.

This Vitamin D3 supplement offered by YorkTest is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

Check your Vitamin D levels with our Vitamin D Test. Our Essential Health Check Test also tests for Vitamin D along with 18 different health markers.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is also known as ascorbic acid, and it is an essential vitamin that you can find in lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. As our bodies can’t make it or store it, we need to make sure we are get enough in our in the food we eat or, at times, by taking supplements.

Some signs you may be deficient:

  • Dry, damaged skin
  • Easy bruising
  • Slowly healing wounds
  • Painful, swollen joints
  • Bleeding gums
  • Weak bones


  • Supports energy-yielding metabolism
  • Helps maintain psychological function
  • Supports the immune system
  • Helps maintain bones and cartilage
  • Helps iron absorption
  • Improves skin appearance
  • Reduces tiredness and fatigue
  • Helps create vitamin E
  • It’s a potent antioxidant
  • Supports gum and teeth health

The Vitamin C supplement offered by YorkTest is suitable for vegetarians and vegans. 


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