Our Frequently Asked Questions

If you lead a healthy lifestyle and follow a balanced, healthy diet with plentiful whole foods, you probably don’t.

However, most adults don’t eat enough fresh fruit, whole grains, vegetables and lean protein and as you get older your body has a harder time absorbing nutrients and also needs more nutrients, especially Vitamin B-12 and Vitamin D, magnesium as well as iron in some cases.

Other adults at risk for nutrient deficiencies are diabetics, pregnant or breastfeeding women, people on weight loss programmes, people who follow strict vegetarian or vegan diets, people recovering from surgery or those who take chronic prescription medication. Smokers and people who drink alcohol regularly could also benefit from multivitamins and minerals.

That being said, no amount of multivitamins can make up for a diet consisting solely of junk food and refined sugars. Multivitamins is not a substitute for a healthy diet and lifestyle.

If you are unsure, ask your doctor or dietician before adding vitamin and mineral supplements to your diet.

Except in the cases of really healthy living and eating people on the one hand or people with serious illnesses and deficiencies that has specific supplements prescribed to them by medical professionals on the other, most of us will have a sub-optimal vitamin and mineral intake. That’s just what the pace of modern life does to our bodies.

Salusa<sup>®</sup> products have been formulated by experts to help counter the rigours of modern life and supplement a healthy diet.

Dr Julian Whitaker (Learn More), MD and trusted pioneering authority of wellness, says that taking daily multivitamins and minerals has the following benefits:

Everyone knows that taking a quality, daily multivitamin and mineral supplement can help protect against many degenerative disorders such as heart disease and osteoporosis, as well as run-of-the-mill illnesses like infections or the common cold. Here are 20 other lesser-known ways a daily multivitamin can help promote optimal health and well-being:

  • Support healthy aging. As you get older, your body has a harder time absorbing nutrients from food. At the same time, your nutritional needs increase.
  • Correct nutritional deficiencies caused by prescription drugs and surgery and nutritionally wasting health conditions such as diabetes. Along with aging, there are several other factors that can make you more susceptible to nutritional deficiencies, including these common culprits.
  • Improve short-term memory. According to a meta-analysis of 10 randomized, placebo-controlled trials, taking a daily multivitamin can result in improvements in short-term memory.
  • Boost energy levels. Several studies have demonstrated that taking a daily multivitamin and mineral supplement is associated with increased energy levels.
  • Detoxify your body. The robust levels of minerals, antioxidants and B-complex vitamins present in a high-quality daily multivitamin help clear toxins from the body, facilitate enzymatic reactions required for detoxification, and keep the liver and other organs in tip-top shape.
  • Maintain muscle strength. Many of the problems with muscle aging are associated with free radical damage, and an antioxidant-rich daily multivitamin can help keep free radicals in check. Vitamin D has also been shown to improve muscle strength in older people.
  • Prevent falls. Numerous studies have found that a daily multivitamin and mineral supplement — particularly one with therapeutic dosages of vitamin D (at least 1,000 IU) and calcium (1,000 mg)—can improve balance and reduce risk of falls.
  • Restore sense of smell. Anosmia, the inability to detect odours, can be caused by a deficiency of zinc. Low levels of vitamins B12 and A along with copper are also associated with changes in sense of smell (and taste).
  • Protect against hearing loss. Several studies have found a correlation between hearing loss and deficiencies in B-complex vitamins. A more recent study also found that people with elevated homocysteine levels had a 64 percent increased risk of hearing loss, and the best way to lower homocysteine levels is with B-complex vitamins.
  • Improve your skin. Research has shown that beta-carotene and vitamins C and E are important for maintaining healthy, younger-looking skin.
  • Prevent asthma and allergies. People with asthma and those prone to allergies often have depleted levels of vitamin C, zinc, selenium and magnesium.
  • Prevent diabetes complications. As I mentioned earlier, diabetes is a nutritionally-wasting condition, putting those who have it at dramatically increased risk of other problems (or complications)—especially ones that affect the eyes, nerves, blood vessels, kidneys and extremities. The best way to prevent these complications is by taking a potent, daily multivitamin and mineral supplement.
  • Boost mood. Many studies have found that a daily multivitamin has positive effects on mood and emotional well-being.
  • Manage Stress. Along with boosting mood, research has shown that a daily multivitamin—particularly one containing therapeutic dosages of B-complex vitamins—can help reduce stress and anxiety.
  • Enhance weight loss. A randomized, double-blind study of obese women found that those taking a daily multivitamin and mineral supplement lost an average of 7.9 pounds, compared to 2 pounds for those taking calcium and half a pound in the placebo group.
  • Improve sexual function. The organs and glands that are responsive to sexual hormones are particularly vulnerable to free radical damage, so taking an antioxidant-rich daily multivitamin can help ensure peak performance and function.
  • Prevent dry eyes. Most people know that vitamins, especially antioxidants, are essential for maintaining overall vision. But by the time you reach age 65, a lifetime of free radical damage has taken its toll, and our eyes produce (on average) 40 percent less lubrication. That’s why shoring up on these crucial nutrients can help correct or prevent the problem from developing in the first place.
  • Stop telomere erosion. Chromosomes are tightly coiled, rod-like structures made up of proteins and one double-helix–shaped molecule of DNA encoded with your genome: the blueprints for your growth, development and physiological function. And at the tips of every chromosome are protective “caps” called telomeres, which naturally get shorter as we age. Research has found that taking a daily multivitamin can help slow and even reverse this erosion.
  • Reduce cravings for alcohol. Research suggests that people who have problems with alcohol can often gain better control over their drinking by making sure they have adequate levels of B-complex vitamins, calcium and magnesium.
  • Prevent dental problems. Vitamin C plays a key role in the prevention of gum disease, as it helps maintain the integrity of the supporting structures of the oral tissues. Other antioxidants, including vitamins A and E as well as selenium, have also been shown to improve the health of the gums. Perhaps even more important is zinc. This mineral stabilises cellular membranes and inhibits plaque growth. Deficiencies in both zinc and vitamin A are also common in patients with periodontal disease.

No. Salusa<sup>®</sup> contains agar agar which is an extract of seaweed and that makes Salusa<sup>®</sup> 100% vegetarian.

Inside Salusa

SALUSA® ACTIVE

Each tablet contains (*%NRV):
Vitamin A- 2325 iu (87)
Betacarotene- 100 mcg (**)
Vitamin D3- 600 iu (100)
Vitamin E – 15 iu (50)
Biotin – 90 mcg (300)
Folic acid – 500 mcg (125)
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine HCl) – 12 mg (1000)
Vitamin B12 – 5 mcg (208)
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavine)- 12 mg (923)
Vitamin B3 (Nicotinamide)- 20 mg (125)
Vitamin B5 (Ca D Pantothenate)- 20 mg (400)
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine HCl)- 12 mg (706)
Vitamin C – 120 mg (90)
Boron- 1 mg (67)
Chromium- 50 mcg (143)
Copper- 1 mg (111)
Magnesium- 50 mg (14)
Molybdenum – 25 mcg (56)
Lutein 5% – 5 mg ( **)
Ginkgo Biloba Extract (24%),herba – 25 mg ( **)
Green Tea Extract 95% – 25 mg ( **)
(Camellia sinensis, leaves)
Iodine – 150 mcg (100)
Iron – 9 mg (69)
Manganese – 1 mg (44)
Selenium – 55 mcg (100)
Zinc – 11 mg (110)
Potassium – 40 mg (1)
Calcium – 195 mg (15)
Phosphorus – 135 mg (11)
*% Nutrient Reference Values (NRVs) for individuals 4 years and older.
** NRV Not yet established

SALUSA® 45 Complete

Each tablet contains (*%NRV):
Vitamin A – 2325 iu (87)
Betacarotene – 100 mcg (**)
Vitamin D3 – 600 iu (100)
Vitamin E – 15 iu (50)
Biotin – 90 mcg (300)
Folic acid – 500 mcg (12)
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine HCl) – 12 mg (1000)
Vitamin B12 – 5 mcg (208)
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) – 12 mg (923)
Vitamin B3 (Nicotinamide) – 20 mg (125)
Vitamin B5 (Ca D Pantothenate) – 10 mg (200)
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine HCl) – 12 mg (706)
Vitamin C – 120 mg (120)
Boron – 1 mg (67)
Chromium – 50 mcg (143)
Copper – 1 mg (111)
Magnesium – 50 mg (14)
Molybdenum – 25 mcg (56)
Citrus Bioflavonoids 35% – 15 mg (**)
Lutein 5% – 500 mcg (**)
Iodine – 150 mcg (100)
Iron – 9 mg (69)
Manganese – 1 mg (44)
Selenium – 55 mcg (100)
Zinc – 11 mg (110)
Potassium – 40 mg (1)
Calcium – 195 mg (15)
Phosphorus – 135 mg (11)
*% Nutrient Reference Values (NRVs) for individuals 4 years and older.
** NRV Not yet established

SALUSA® 55+ Advanced

Each tablet contains (*%NRV):
Vitamin A – 4000 iu (150)
Betacarotene – 100 mcg (**)
Vitamin D3 – 800 iu (133)
Vitamin E – 30 iu (100)
Biotin – 100 mcg (333)
Folic acid – 500 mcg (125)
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine HCl) – 12.50 mg (1042)
Vitamin B12 – 5 mcg (208)
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavine) – 12.50 mg (962)
Vitamin B3 (Nicotinamide) – 20 mg (125)
Vitamin B5 (Ca D Pantothenate) – 10 mg (200)
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine HCl) – 12.5 mg (735)
Vitamin C – 100 mg (100)
Boron – 1 mg (67)
Chromium – 50 mcg (143)
Copper – 1mg (111)
Magnesium – 80mg (22)
Molybdenum – 25 mcg (56)
Citrus Bioflavonoids 35% – 15 mg (**)
Lutein 5% – 500 mcg (**)
Iodine – 150 mcg (100)
Iron – 10 mg (77)
Manganese – 1 mg (44)
Selenium – 55 mcg (100)
Zinc – 7.5 mg (75)
Potassium – 40 mg (1)
Calcium – 195 mg (15)
Phosphorus – 135 mg (11)
Vitamin K – 25 mcg (21)
Lycopene 10% – 500 mcg (**)
*% Nutrient Reference Values (NRVs) for individuals 4 years and older.
** NRV Not yet established

Salusa® is sugar free and the sweetener includes extremely tiny quantities of dextrose, sodium saccharin and sorbitol.

Safety

Not only can you take Salusa® over a long period, you should! Salusa® is formulated as a daily supplement and as your needs and requirements change, we will have a Salusa® product to fulfill that need.
Consult your doctor, however, if you are taking any other supplements or nutritional aids while you are using Salusa®.

No. Although we cannot recommend taking more than the recommended daily dosage of one capsule, most vitamins and minerals are water soluble and excess will just be expelled in urine (the inspiration for the popular “expensive pee” quip among physicians).

However, some minerals and fat-soluble vitamins (A, D and E) may be stored and build up over time in your body, making reaching toxicity levels a bit easier and that would be harmful to your health. You would have to swallow quite a lot of Salusa® capsules for that to happen.
Long story short. Stick to the recommended daily dosage.

Yes, Salusa® contains most of the vitamins and minerals you require to sustain your body and that of the growing baby. However, rather take a doctor-prescribed pregnancy specific nutritional supplement with additional folic acid when pregnant. Taking Salusa® while waiting for your prescription to be filled is a good idea.

Buying Salusa

All independent retail pharmacies and selected corporate groups.

All Salusa® products come in monthly packs of 30 or bimonthly of 60 capsules