FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. What are the differences between Blackmores Bio C, Buffered C and Vitamin C 500?
Bio C is a fast-acting immediate-release vitamin C and it contains 1000mg of vitamin C per tablet. It also contains bioflavonoids (a type of antioxidant) which assist in improving absorption of vitamin C. Take 1 tablet a day with food.
Buffered C is a sustained-release tablet that slowly releases 500mg of vitamin C over 8 hours. It is gentle to the stomach and better tolerated by the elderly and people who constantly have gastric problems. It also contains bioflavonoids (a type of antioxidant) which assist in improving absorption of vitamin C. Take 1 tablet a day with food.
Vitamin C 500 is a basic formula with vitamin C 500 mg without any bioflavonoids. Take 1 tablet a day with food.
2. What are the differences between Blackmores Executive B, B + C and Multi B?
Executive B is a complete dietary supplement which is a combination of all the B vitamins, folic acid, vitamin C, and minerals such as zinc and magnesium. Take 1 tablet a day with food.
B + C is a is dietary supplement that is formulated to provide and replenish all types of vitamin B and C. It does not contain minerals. Take 1 tablet a day with food.
Multi B is a dietary supplement that is formulated to provide and replenish all types of vitamin B. It contains only B vitamins. It does not contain minerals. Take 1 tablet a day with food.
3. What is the difference between "Dietary Supplement" and "Health Supplement" labelling?
There is no difference in terms of content of those labelled "Health Supplements" and "Dietary Supplement". The change was made due to Malaysian Drug Control Authority regulations, therefore the new bottles are labelled "Health Supplement".
4. Can I take all my supplements together?
Yes. It is safe to take all the supplement together. You may separate some of the supplements (after breakfast, lunch or dinner) if you have a weak stomach (gastric issues).
5. Can I take my supplements together with medications?
It is not advisable to take both medications and supplements together. A general rule of thumb will be to leave a gap of at least 2 hours between your medications and supplements to avoid any possible interactions.
6. What product helps to maintain healthy skin?
- Acne-prone skin
Individuals with acne and oily skin are recommended to take Blackmores Bio ACE Plus as it contains Vitamin C and E which are powerful antioxidants that help to protect our skin from harmful free radicals generated from UV light. Apart from that, vitamin C lighten scars and promote skin repair as well as wound healing. This product also contains zinc that facilitates wound healing and help regulate oil production from the sebum. Take one tablet a day with food.
Blackmores Evening Primrose Oil 1000 have good anti-inflammatory properties that may help to relieve eczema. Take 3-6 capsules a day, depending on condition. You can also break the capsules and apply them onto the affected area.
Blackmores Vitamin E Cream + Lanolin serves as a suitable emollient for individuals with eczema as it keeps the skin moisturized and helps to relieve itchiness. Furthermore, it does not contain any artificial colours or fragrances that will irritate the skin. Apply twice a day.
- Dry skin
Blackmores Evening Primrose Oil 1000 and Fish Oil 1000 help to relieve dry skin. Take 2-3 capsules a day after food.
Blackmores Vitamin E Cream + Lanolin serves as a suitable emollient for individuals with dry skin as it keeps the skin moisturised. Furthermore, it does not contain any artificial colours or fragrances that will irritate the skin. Apply twice a day.
- Dull skin
Blackmores Bio ACE Plus is rich in antioxidants that are essential for the maintenance of healthy glowing skin. Take 1-2 tablets a day with food.
Blackmores Luminous is a refreshing botanical essence enriched with natural anti-oxidant ingredients from pomegranate, amla fruit, olive fruit and sea buckthorn extract which works from within to provide radiant and brighter skin in 8 weeks*. The antioxidants help to nourish your complexion and prevent free radical damage of the skin as a result of UV light exposure. It is found to be beneficial in brightening, moisturising and firming for the skin. Drink 1 bottle a day.
*Study conducted on individuals aged 30-45 years old for 8 weeks with a dosage of 1 bottle (60ml) a day.
Blackmores Natural Vitamin E Cream Skin Bright contains vitamin E that protects the skin from free radical damage; lanolin which keeps the skin hydrated; as well as wakame and licorice root that have whitening and brightening effects. Apply twice a day.
- Aged skin (Wrinkles; dry, large pores; and pigmentation)
Blackmores Collagen 10,000 mg consist of fish collagen, grape seed extract and vitamin E. Fish collagen contains elastin and collagen that increase the firmness of the skin as well as to aid skin regeneration and repair. Grape seed extract has anti-inflammatory action on the skin, while vitamin E is a natural antioxidant that protects our skin from free radicals. Drink 1 bottle daily for 6 days, and 1 bottle every alternate day as maintenance.
7. What product helps to maintain healthy hair?
Blackmores Vital Shine is a combination of essential all-natural nutrients such as mulberry, bamboo shoot, millet seed, white tea extract and sea buckthorn that support the maintenance and growth of healthy hair by reducing premature greying and strengthening the hair from the roots. This product can be taken with other companion products to target specific hair-related problems. Drink 1 bottle a day for 12-16 weeks, followed by 1 bottle every other day for maintenance.
Blackmores Vital shine + Blackmores Bio Zinc Plus / Blackmores Bio ACE Plus - to regulate oil production from our scalp
Blackmores Vital shine + Blackmores Fish Oil 1000 - for dry scalp and dandruff
Blackmores Vital shine + Blackmores Multivitamins and Minerals - to reduce hair loss and hair thinning
Blackmores Vital shine + Blackmores Bio ACE Plus - for premature greying of hair
8. What products help in vision?
Blackmores Omega Memo helps to keep our eyes healthy as it contains large amounts of DHA which is an important component of the photoreceptors in our eyes. DHA helps to protect our eyes from bright light, free radical damage and oxidative stress. It is recommended for individuals with dry eyes or prolonged eye straining. Take 1-2 capsules a day after food.
Blackmores Bilberry 2500 is suitable for individuals who want to improve their night vision and sharpness of their vision. It contains high levels of reddish-purple pigments (anthocyanosides) and rhodopsin that are found to be important for visual acuity and night vision. Take 2-4 tablets a day after food.
Blackmores Beta Carotene is a natural form of Vitamin A that helps to maintain healthy eye sight, especially night vision. Take 1 capsule a day after food.
Blackmores Lutein Vision Plus contains lutein that helps to form a layer of yellow pigments that work as a natural filter of UV light. This component is also found to be able to increase the density of our macular pigments. Besides that, the selenium in this product helps in improving the sharpness and clarity of our vision. Take 1 capsule a day after food.
9. What products are suitable for patients with high cholesterol?
Blackmores Plant Sterols Plus is an ideal product for lowering serum LDL-C as it has a chemical structure that is very similar to the cholesterols in our body. Therefore, this enhances the removal of cholesterols from our body by blocking their absorption. Take 2 capsules a day after food.
Blackmores Omega Cardiwell or Blackmores Omega Active may help in reducing triglycerides in our blood. It is also able to help increase HDL (good cholesterol). Take 2-4 capsules a day after food.
Blackmores CoQ10 10mg is a potent antioxidant that helps to prevent oxidation of LDL which can lead to blockage of arteries (arteriosclerosis). Take 1-2 capsules a day.
10. What products are suitable for patients with hypertension/high blood pressure?
Hypertensive patients are advised to take Blackmores Omega Cardiwell to optimize their blood pressure control as well as to maintain a healthy cardiovascular system.
11. What supplements are suitable for diabetics?
Blackmores Bio Zinc is suitable for individuals who have diabetes as diabetic patients often find that their wounds and cuts take a longer time to heal. Low zinc levels can lead to poor wound healing and increases susceptibility to infection. Take 1-2 tablets a day after food.
Blackmores Essential Livo is beneficial for both diabetic and pre-diabetic individuals as it contains phosphatidylcholine which may reduce fatty liver. Meanwhile, chromium may help with the maintenance of normal glucose control in people with Type 2 diabetes. Take 1 capsule two times a day.
Blackmores Omega Cardiwell and Blackmores CoQ10 is recommended for the maintenance of a healthy heart as diabetic individuals are slightly more prone to cardiovascular diseases such as heart attack, stroke and angina. For Blackmores Omega Cardiwell take 1 capsule twice a day, while 1-2 capsules of Blackmores CoQ10 a day is recommended.
12. What product is suitable to reduce tiredness?
Blackmores Executive B helps to increase energy levels in people who feel drained due to long working hours and stress. This product contains B vitamins that help to convert our food into energy. On top of that, it is also formulated with essential minerals such as, zinc and magnesium which allow better coping with stress. Take 1 tablet a day after food.
13. What product increases appetite and aid in weight gain?
Blackmores Executive B contains B vitamins that help to metabolise food into energy in a more efficient manner. This may increase a person's appetite. Take 1-2 tablets after food. Besides that, we also recommend a person who is slim and/or has poor appetite to take Blackmores Multivitamins + Minerals to ensure that the body receives all the important nutrients essential for the maintenance of healthy bodily functions and general well-being. Take 1 tablet a day after food.
14. What products help to improve fertility?
Blackmores Bio Zinc Plus is suitable for couples who are planning to expand their family. It may help to regulate the male reproductive hormone (testosterone) as well as facilitates the production of healthy sperms. Take 1 tablet daily with food.
Blackmores Bio ACE Plus contains the antioxidants vitamin A, C, E, zinc, selenium and grape seed oil. Zinc and selenium have been researched to be beneficial for sperm quality. Take 1-2 tablets a day after food.
Blackmores CoQ10 150 mg is an enzyme that provides energy to all our cells, tissues and organs, which may help improve sperm motility. CoQ10 is also an antioxidant. Take 1 capsule a day with food.
Both the husband and wife can take the above recommended supplements. It is also important to watch the diet and lifestyle. Try to stop smoking and do some exercise. Make sure to get enough good quality sleep (at least 6-7 hours) and have a good diet balance of protein, fresh fruits and vegetables. Try to avoid processed foods.
15. What supplements are recommended for a breastfeeding mother?
Breastfeeding mothers are recommended to take Blackmores Pregnancy & Breast-feeding Formula. It helps both the mother and child to meet their daily nutrients requirement. This product also contains DHA that is important for the development of the brain, nervous system and vision. Take 2 capsules a day with food.
Breastfeeding mothers are encouraged to take Blackmores Calcium + D3 as more calcium tend to be lost throughout the breast feeding process, thereby increasing the risk of osteopenia and osteoporosis. Also, the growing infant needs calcium for bone development. Blackmores Calcium + D3 is formulated together with vitamin D which enhances calcium absorption. Take 1 tablet daily with food.
16. What are the differences between Blackmores Omega Active/Cardiwell/Memo?
Blackmores Omega Active is a concentrated fish oil that contains double the amount of Omega 3 (DHA and EPA) in comparison to regular fish oil. It is suitable for individuals who do not eat the recommended 2-3 serves of fish a week. This product is convenient and helps to improve compliance toward fish oil as it reduces the number of capsules needed to be taken a day. Take 1 capsule twice a day with food.
Blackmores Omega Cardiwell is formulated with higher amounts of EPA to promote a healthy cardiovascular system. We recommend this product to individuals who have heart problems, hypertension, diabetes or a previous history of stroke. Take 1 capsule twice a day with food.
Blackmores Omega Memo helps to improve memory and brain performance as it contains higher amounts of DHA that is vital for the development of our brain and eyes. This product is suitable for individuals who tend to be forgetful or have dry eyes. Take 1 capsule twice a day with food.
17. Can pregnant or breastfeeding women take BlackmoresCollagen10000mg?
No, we do not recommend women to drink Blackmores Collagen 10000mg if they are pregnant or breastfeeding.
18. What are the differences between Joint Formula and Glucosamine?
Blackmores Joint Formula is a combination of glucosamine and chondroitin. Glucosamine is the key component of human cartilage, it helps to relieve stiffness and pain as well as improve joint movement; whereas chondroitin stimulates synovial fluid production that lubricates our joints and make them resistant to compression. Take 1 capsule twice a day with food.
Blackmores Glucosamine 1500 and Blackmores Glucosamine 500 contain glucosamine sulphate as the key ingredient. Taken at the recommended dose, it may help to reduce joint inflammation and swelling, improve joint mobility and provide temporary relief from the pain of osteoarthritis. Blackmores Glucosamine 1500 is a convenient once daily dose suitable for individuals who have poor compliance. As for Blackmores Glucosamine 500, customers are required to take 1 tablet 2-3 times a day with food (depending on condition).
19. What is the difference between Blackmores Pregnancy & Breast-Feeding Gold and Blackmores Pregnancy & Breast-Feeding Formula?
Blackmores Pregnancy & Breastfeeding Gold is not registered in Malaysia. It is only available in Australia; whereas Pregnancy & Breastfeeding Formula is registered in Malaysia. Both products are comparable as they contain similar active ingredients with some slight differences. Pregnancy & Breastfeeding Formula does not contain vitamin D; therefore, we will usually recommend Blackmores Calcium + D3 (1 tablet 2 times a day) to meet the increased demand for calcium and vitamin D3 during pregnancy and breast feeding.