Sunday, 9 May 2010

Bio Strath Elixir Yeast Tablets


I must admit, I'm always a bit dubious about health supplements and the often highly impressive claims they make - after all, if you take the product and feel better, how do you know if it's down to the supplement, the psychological placebo effect or just a total coincidence ? And how can you say that you feel better than without it when you can't really know how you would be feeling without it ? But nevertheless, when I was offered the chance to take part in the Bio-Strath 60 Day Challenge, I decided I had nothing to lose and came to it with an open mind.

According to the box, "Bio-Strath is a revitalising herbal yeast formula backed by scientific research that shows its benefits in helping support the body's natural defences when life demands that little bit extra". As a breastfeeding mum of 3, just about to go back to work as a teacher after my maternity leave, it sounded exactly what I needed ! The blurb on the box promises that Bio-Strath can "help to support resistance and sustain optimal physical and mental performance", as well as "provide you with a feeling of vitality". OK, bring it on !

The directions for use say you should take 2 tablets 2–3 times a day before meals. That sounds simple but it isn't when you're an overstretched mum or a frazzled workaholic, which is basically the target market for these tablets ! I aimed for taking 2 tablets twice a day, but sometimes once a day was all I could manage because breakfast was a quick piece of toast at the bus stop and lunch was a sandwich gobbled on the run.

On the plus side, they don't taste of anything much - certainly not the revolting musty compost taste you get with some herbal supplements ! They seem totally natural, listing Saccharomyces cerevisiae herbal yeast, cellulose plant fibre, corn starch, apple pectin and silicic acid as the only ingredients. They explain, "Bio-Strath is made in Switzerland from a special yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae that has been carefully cultivated on herbs including Angelica, Balm, Basil, Caraway, Chamomile, Cinnamon, Elder, Fennel, Horseradish, Hyssop, Lavender, Liquorice, Parsley, Peppermint, Sage and Thyme." There are no colourings, flavourings or preservatives and 1 tablet provides under 2 calories so they certainly won't make you fat !

So did they boost my immune system ? Well, I don't really know because things could have been a lot worse without them, but in those first few weeks back at school, I did succomb to a cold, a cough, a tummy upset and my first ever cold sore.

However, before writing the whole experience off as a total flop, I did feel a lot less exhausted at the end of the day. Instead of falling asleep in front of the telly as soon as the kids were in bed, I actually felt quite alert and refreshed, despite some days being very hectic with sick kids, Pierre's jabs and mountains of marking. I wasn't sure that that had anything to do with the tablets but the website does say :" A licensed remedy, Bio-Strath Elixir has been shown in clinical trials to restore energy that has been lost through tiredness and fatigue – for example, when recovering from illness." Aha, so maybe they were giving me this extra energy then.

In conclusion, they didn't boost my immune system to such an extent that I could fight off everything an entire school of kids, most of whom forget to put their hand over their mouth when they cough all over you, could throw at me, but I wasn't fully respecting the suggested number of tablets per day. I think they certainly did give me an energy boost though and helped me get through the initial back-to-work stress and rushing around that could have otherwise caused a meltdown ! There were absolutely no side effects or nasty taste so I would definitely say it's worth giving them a go if you're feeling under the weather or need to be fighting fit and full of beans and know the odds are stacked against you. The website also says that "the weaker your immune system, the more noticeable Bio-Strath’s benefits" so the efficiency of the problem will depend on the individual.

star rating : 4/5

RRP : £12.95 for 100 tablets

14 comments:

  1. I have tried Biostrath and it did worked

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  2. Hi Sheryl,
    thanks for your interesting review. I am about to give Bio-Strath pills a try and found your comments very interesting.
    On a side note - please delete the gibbrish posted one B. Grow as it just litters your review.

    canuck girl

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  3. After trying zillions of vit and min for YEARS, I found biostrath elixir. I can't ever explain you how different everything is ever since.

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  4. My son is very active, he is 1 year 4 months, I give him 2.5ml or 1 teaspoon of Biostrath in the mornings and ever since he plays longer with one toy and he is just much more calmer. I would recommend it to moms with active toddlers

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  5. Used this product twice and was amazed...I had a headache for two weeks and after a trip to my Dr she prescribed a beta blocker which is for htn..that night I slept at a friends house and saw the bio strath elixir...being curious I asked if i could take a tsp..he said yes...I was desperate to have a good night sleep as i hadn't in 2 weeks..at about 2 am I woke up without the headache and a clear mind I thought I was going to have a stroke...Omg I panicked as i had always feared that would be the outcome..I touched my face...I wiggled my fingers and toes..I was so alert I woke up my friend and said why didn't u tell me about this potion? He said I tried and u blew me off...the next morning..I felt like a new person...no headache..a clear mind...well rested...and energetic...the best rest i got in 2 weeks...I don't want to sing praises yet but now day two...I feel like a brand new woman...my prescription still at the pharmacy I think I have found my best therapeutic remedy that I've been searching for

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  6. Just put my son on it for concentration problems. He is already on Strattera but has verbal and auditory processing issues. Will be thrilled if it helps

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  7. This may be a silly question but I am wondering if it might make a difference: Do you chew or swallow whole the tablets?

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    1. I don't know, I swallowed them whole !

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    2. Either way but it's a yeasty flavor if chewed!

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  8. Would it help with a teenager with adhd? I got it for my 6 yr old but after reading the above comments I'm wondering would it help my 15 yr old too because we are at a loss

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    1. will bio strath help for my 15 year olfd with adhd

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    2. Sorry, I have no idea ! I've left other people's comments in case they help but I've never tried it for anything other than a quick boost

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  9. Dear Friends. As a natural health practitioner with 37 years experience in 14 countries I recommend Bio Strath tonic. In a scientific study that I have in front of me, the conclusion of the study states: " The results show that the majority of the subjects with ADD/ ADDH benefitted both subjectively and objectively from taking Bio Strath Food Supplement with No adverse reactions. I hope this helps. Kindest tegards

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