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Office closure for Chinese New Year between 20 January to 25 January 2023

**   Note for Chinese New Year 2023:   ***

Dear valued customers,

Please help to take note that:

Our office will be closed for Chinese New Year between 20 January to 25 January 2023 and we will resume normal operation on 26 January 2023.

All orders received after 11:59pm on 16 January 2023, will be processed after 26 January 2023 and the usual delivery lead time is 5-7 working days.

BeaconsHealth wishes all a Happy and Prosperous Chinese New Year!

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Fish Oil

Fish oil supplement is a source of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are derived from dietary sources and they can't be produced in the body. The main types of omega-3s in fish oil are eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). 

Benefits

Omega-3 fatty acids may help to:

Dosage

If you do not eat 1–2 portions of oily fish per week, you may want to consider taking a fish oil supplement.

World Health Organization (WHO) recommend a minimum of 250–500 mg combined EPA and DHA each day for healthy adults. According to American Heart Association (AHA), patients with documented coronary heart disease should consume about 1g of EPA+DHA/day. For patients who need to reduce triglycerides, it is recommended to consume 2-4g of EPA+DHA/day.

Safety

Taking up to 3 grams of fish oil supplements is generally considered safe.

Side effects of omega-3 supplements are usually mild. They include fishy aftertaste, gastrointestinal symptoms such as heartburn, nausea, and diarrhea.

Taking high doses of fish oil supplements might increase the risk of bleeding but it is very rare at doses <3g/day.

 

Beacons Health carry a range of supplements and vitamins. We carry Omega-3 Fish Oil 1000mg, which contains EPA 180mg, DHA 120mg, Vitamin E 1.1IU. It is manufactured in USA.

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Overview for Calcium supplements

 

Overview for Calcium supplements

 

Introduction

It is common knowledge that calcium is usually recommended for bone health. But how much do we really know about Calcium supplements? And what should a person look out for when taking a calcium supplement for the first time?

 

Calcium, which is an element in the Periodic table, is a naturally occurring mineral that is often understood to strengthen one’s bones. Calcium is also needed in the heart, nerves and blood-clotting systems.

 

It is commonly found in our diet, such as diary products. Hence for most people, a well-balanced diet is often sufficient to meet the required amount.

 

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Recommended Intakes

According to guidelines, the below are the recommended daily allowances (RDAs) for Calcium[2]:

Age

Male

Female

0-6 months

200 mg

200 mg

7–12 months

260 mg

260 mg

1–3 years

700 mg

700 mg

4–8 years

1,000 mg

1,000 mg

9–13 years

1,300 mg

1,300 mg

14-18 years

1,300 mg

1,300 mg*

19 – 50 years

1,000 mg

1,000 mg*

51–70 years

1,000 mg

1,200 mg

>70+ years

1,200 mg

1,200 mg

* For those who are pregnant or lactating, the RDA for Calcium is 1,300mg for 14-18 years old and 1,000mg for those who are 19 – 50 years old.

 

As seen in the table above, those who are at risk of having low levels of Calcium are postmenopausal women (women 50 – 70 years old), as their lower levels of estrogen increases their risk of osteoporosis and fractures. Additionally since dairy products such as milk and eggs are rich in Calcium, those who avoid dairy products are also at risk of low levels of Calcium.

 

It is important to take the right amount of Calcium, not too low or too much. Hypocalcemia (low levels of Calcium in the blood) often leads to osteoporosis, which is characterised by weak bones and higher chance of falling. Common reasons of low calcium absorption are low Vitamin D levels, use of certain long-term medications (such as proton pump inhibitors) and low Magnesium levels.  Hence, it is common to see Calcium supplements being formulated with Vitamin D.

 

However, consuming too much of Calcium isn’t a good thing too. Hypercalcemia (high levels of Calcium in the blood) might lead to abnormal rhythms in the heart (aka arrhythmias), which might lead to further complications.

 

How to take

It is important to follow the instructions on the product label, or to take according to the advice of your healthcare professional. The general advice are as follows[3]:  

  1. Calcium supplements should be taken with food to increase absorption.
  2. Avoid taking caffeinated drinks like coffee or soda with the supplement as it might reduce the absorption.

Some common side effects of calcium supplements are constipation, gas and stomach bloating. Calcium supplements might interact some of your chronic medications, so it is important to speak to your doctor or pharmacist before starting.

 

You might ask, are all Calcium supplements made the same? Unfortunately, not all Calcium supplements are made the same. Hence it is important to choose the right supplement for you. There are 2 main forms of Calcium in our store: Calcium Carbonate and Calcium Lactate.

 

Firstly, the amount of elemental Calcium in the 2 different salts are different. Calcium Carbonate is 40% calcium by weight whereas Calcium Lactate is 13% Calcium by weight. It is important to convert to the equivalent amount of elemental Calcium during dosing.

 

Secondly, individuals who are risk of low Vitamin D levels would benefit from a combination product of Calcium and Vitamin D.

 

Thirdly, calcium carbonate is often regarded as the most constipating[4].  If the side effects are intolerable, you might want try different brands or Calcium salts to see which ones is tolerable.

 

References:

  1. https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Calcium-HealthProfessional/
  2. https://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/calcium
  3. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/calcium-supplements/art-20047097
  4. https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/foods-rich-in-calcium-gm1071640080-286778418

 

[1] https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/foods-rich-in-calcium-gm1071640080-286778418

[2] https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Calcium-HealthProfessional/

[3] https://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/calcium

[4] https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/calcium-supplements/art-20047097

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Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin with several forms. Naturally occurring vitamin E exists in eight chemical forms (alpha-, beta-, gamma-, and delta-tocopherol and alpha-, beta-, gamma-, and delta-tocotrienol), but alpha-tocopherol is the only one used by the human body. Its main role is to act as an antioxidant. It also helps maintain healthy skin and eyes, enhances immune function and prevents clots from forming in heart arteries.

Recommended Amounts

The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for vitamin E for males and females ages 14 years and older is 15 mg daily (or 22 international units, IU), including women who are pregnant. Lactating women need slightly more at 19 mg (28 IU) daily.

Doses for oral vitamin E generally range from 50 to 1,000 IU. The upper tolerable intake level (UL) for vitamin E is at 1,000 mg (1,500 IU) per day for supplemental vitamin E.

The adequate daily intake of vitamin E is as follows:

Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs) for Vitamin E (Alpha-Tocopherol)

Age

Non-pregnant, non-lactating individuals

Pregnant individuals

Lactating individuals

0–6 months

4 mg

7–12 months

5 mg

1–3 years

6 mg

4–8 years

7 mg

9–13 years

11 mg

14+ years

15 mg

15 mg

19 mg

 

1 mg of alpha-tocopherol is equivalent to 1.49 IU of the natural form

 

Signs of Deficiency

People who have digestive disorders or do not absorb fat properly (e.g., pancreatitis, cystic fibrosis, celiac disease) can develop a vitamin E deficiency. The following are common signs of a deficiency:

  • Retinopathy (damage to the retina of the eyes that can impair vision)
  • Peripheral neuropathy (damage to the peripheral nerves, usually in the hands or feet, causing weakness or pain)
  • Ataxia (loss of control of body movements)
  • Decreased immune function
  • Muscle weakness
  • Loss of muscle mass

 

Supplementation with vitamin E may be necessary in people who have digestive disorders, including chronic bowel disease, or those who have undergone gastrointestinal surgeries since their systems are less able to absorb fat-soluble vitamins.

There is no evidence of toxic effects from vitamin E found naturally in foods. Most adults who obtain more than the RDA of 22 IU daily are using multivitamins or separate vitamin E supplements that contain anywhere from 400-1000 IU daily. There have not been reports of harmful side effects of supplement use in healthy people. It is advised not to take above the recommended dose of supplements, unless directed by your doctor or healthcare professional.

Beacons Health carry a range of supplements and vitamins. Do check out our Vitamin E 400 IU softgels, manufactured in the USA.

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Overview for Vitamin B

 

Benefits

There are many benefits to Vitamin B. As the building blocks of a healthy body, B vitamins have a direct impact on your energy levels, nerve function, and cell metabolism. There are 8 different types of Vitamin B:

 

Vitamin B1 (Thiamin): Plays an important role in the breakdown of nutrients for absorption.

Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin): Involved in energy production and helps with vision and skin health.

Vitamin B3 (Niacin): Helps to convert carbohydrates, fats and alcohol into energy. It also involved in cellular processes such as metabolism, signaling and DNA expression.

Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid): Helps in the metabolism of food and is also involved in hormone and cholesterol production.

Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine): Involved in breakdown of proteins, carbohydrates and fats. It is also involved in the production of hemoglobin, and supports immune function and brain health.

Vitamin B7 (Biotin): Needed to make fatty acids, and involved in the breakdown of nutrients.

Vitamin B9 (Folic Acid):  Needed to produce red blood cells, and helps in the development of the fetal nervous system. It is also involved in the formation of red and white blood cells and proper cell division

Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin): Involved in the neurological function, DNA production and red blood cell development.

 

Recommended daily intake

The recommended daily intake (RDI) of each Vitamin B varies. The below shows a summary for adult males and females:

 

RDI for adult females

RDI for adult males

Vitamin B1 (Thiamin)

1.1mg

1.2 mg

Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)

1.1mg

1.3 mg

Vitamin B3 (Niacin)

14mg NE

16 mg NE

Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid)

5mg

5 mg

Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxin)

1.3mg

1.3 mg

Vitamin B7 (Biotin)

30mcg

30 mcg

Vitamin B9 (Folic Acid)

400mcg DFE

400 mcg DFE

Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin)

2.4mg

2.4 mcg

* NE: Niacin Equivalents (NE)

** DPE: Dietary folate equivalents (DFE).

 

Those who are at risk of having a deficiency in Vitamin B would benefit increasing their Vitamin B intake with a supplement. These include those with gastrointestinal conditions (such as Ulcerative colitis, Inflammatory bowel disease), malabsorption disorders (such as Celiac disease), and those on long-term medications (such as proton-pump inhibitors). In addition, there are some groups of people who are at risk on being deficient on specific Vitamin Bs, namely:

  • Vitamin B1 (Thiamin): People with alcohol dependence
  • Vitamin B9 (Folate): Pregnant women (due to the higher requirements)
  • Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin): People with strict vegan diets. As Vitamin B12 is found naturally in animal sources (like meat, eggs, seafood and dairy), those who follow a strict vegetarian or vegan diet are at risk of being deficient in Vitamin B12.

 

Symptoms of deficiency

With a balanced diet, majority of people should be able to have sufficient Vitamin B. This includes meat, seafood, dairy products and vegetables. However, it is still possible for some to have low Vitamin B levels. Here are some signs that might suggest this:

  • skin rashes
  • cracks around the mouth
  • scaly skin on the lips
  • swollen tongue
  • fatigue
  • weakness
  • anemia
  • confusion
  • irritability or depression
  • nausea
  • abdominal cramps
  • diarrhea
  • constipation
  • numbness or tingling sensation

 

If this deficiency is left for long periods, it might lead to some health complications. Some examples would be:

  • Vitamin B1 (Thiamin): Beri-beri or Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome
  • Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin): Ariboflavinosis
  • Vitamin B3 (Niacin): Pellagra
  • Vitamin B9 (Folate): Fetal tube defects in newborns for pregnant women and anemia
  • Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin): Anemia

 

On the other hand, it is unlikely to have too much Vitamin B in an individual. This is because Vitamin B is water-soluble. This means that any excess that is not used by the body is passed out in your urine. Nevertheless, it is advised not to take above the recommended dose of supplements, unless directed by your doctor or healthcare professional.

 

References:

https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/vitamin-b-complex#recommended-daily-intake

https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/list-all/

https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/vitamin-b

https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/vitamins/vitamin-b/

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/325292#daily-values

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vitamins-and-minerals/vitamin-b/ 

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Delivery lead time

Dear customer,

Just to share that the usual delivery lead time is 5 working days from the date of order confirmation.

We deliver from Monday to Friday. Delivery timing is between 9am - 5pm. We do not deliver on Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays. Due to PDPA, we are unable to call or text customers prior to delivery.

Kindly take note that the delivery may take longer during peak period. 

Thank you.

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COVID 19 health essential

COVID 19 health essential

The emergence of COVID-19 variants is a constant cause for concern. As such, we are encouraged to stay vigilant towards COVID-19. Here are a list of essential items to keep yourself ready in the midst of COVID-19.

  1. Thermometer

Fever is one of the most common symptoms of coronavirus. Use a thermometer to monitor your temperature if you suspect you are ill.

  1. Oximeter

Oximeter checks the blood oxygen level and can help detect early signs of deterioration in health. When you’re exposed to COVID-19, lungs may be one of the major organs to be affected. It can cause the oxygen in your blood to drop, even if you feel generally well and do not present with other symptoms of the virus. This is known as “silent pneumonia” and if left untreated, can lead to serious consequences. Advanced age, underlying conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, pre-existing lung disease, obesity and active smokers are some risk factors.

Generally, an oxygen level between 95 – 100% is normal. Levels under 94% should be evaluated by a doctor, while levels below 90% are considered a clinical emergency and require immediate medical attention.

Hence, an oximeter can help ensure that this clinically silent early warning sign is not missed.

  1. Masks

Ensure that there are sufficient masks at home. The masks should have high filtration capability such as surgical masks, not just any cloth masks. The virus spread through respiratory droplets of infected people or asymptomatic individuals. Hence, masks are important in preventing the transmission of the virus.

  1. Hand sanitiser

You should wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If you don’t have access to soap and water, you can use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol. Hand sanitiser with at least 60 per cent cleans much better than one with less alcohol or no alcohol in them.

  1. Cleaning, disinfection supplies

Each household should be equipped with cleaning supplies such as soap, disinfectants sprays, disinfectant wipes etc.

It is important to clean and disinfect frequently-touched surfaces and objects such as doorknobs, desks, phone, keyboard. Disinfection supplies will also be critical if a member of the household is infected with Covid-19 and is recovering at home.  

 

There are several types of disinfectants such as:

- Alcohol-based disinfectants. Ideally, use alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol. E.g Isopropyl/Ethyl Alcohol 70%

- Benzalkonium Chloride- in common cleaning agents

- Chloroxylenol- ingredient in Dettol

- Sodium Hypochlorite- in bleaches

  1. Medication: Some people infected with COVID-19 may experience fever, body aches and headaches. Paracetamol can help relieve symptoms associated with COVID-19.

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Note for Chinese New Year 2022

**   Note for Chinese New Year 2022:   ***

Dear valued customers,

Please help to take note that:

Our office will be closed for Chinese New Year between 29 January to 6 February 2022 and we will resume normal operation on 7 February 2022.

All orders received after 12pm on 24 January 2022, will be processed after 7 February 2022.

BeaconsHealth wishes all a Happy and Prosperous Chinese New Year!

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SD BIOSENSOR Standard Q Covid-19 AG Home Test Antigen Rapid Self Test (ART) Kit 1s (Expiry: June 2023)

 

SD BIOSENSOR Standard Q Covid-19 AG Home Test Antigen Rapid Self Test (ART) Kit 1s 

The Standard Q COVID-19 AG Home Test was developed for the purpose of self-administered home test for COVID-19.

This Antigen Rapid Testing (ART) could help to rapidly identify those who might have been exposed to the virus and isolate them from the community.

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