I’m not one who likes to take supplements, but this time was different. I felt like I needed something to restore and help my body during my postpartum days (since its baby no 2) and that’s when I came across the Shaklee Postnatal set while I was browsing the web.
So I approached Shaklee and asked if I could do a review of their products and to my delight, they said YES! They were kind enough to give me the full Shaklee Postnatal Set that included 7 products.
Each product has its benefits and ‘job’ for your body, but in short- after taking these supplements, I really do feel a difference in energy, in my mood and the quality of my milk as well. The best part is, these nutritional benefits not just you, but baby as well (if you’re breastfeeding).
Why do I say that? Because now that I ran out and not taking them anymore, I see a huge difference especially in the quality of my milk. I’ll explain more product by product below.. So keep scrolling and keep reading for a more thorough review.
The Shaklee Postnatal set includes:
• Sustained Release Vita-C Plus
• Vita-Lea® Iron Formula
• Alfalfa Complex
• ESP Mixed Soy Protein Isolate Powder
This is what my daily supplement intake looks like:
According to Shaklee’s nutritionist whom I met prior to giving birth, you can basically take the recommended dosage for each supplement at any time of the day. Some people prefers taking all in the morning to start of their day right, and some like to space it out and divide according to meals.
What I personally did was divide the intakes into two; one to take in the mornings after breakfast and another after dinner. I figured that I can’t be swallowing sooooo many pills all at once, so decided this was best for me. The recommended daily intake for each supplement varies- some only 1 a day, some 2, and some would be 5! So I divided all these different variations into 2 portions, which looks like the photo above.
I also found out based on my experience that I can’t be taking these pills on an empty stomach (because there were days where I would forget and take it at odd times), in particular the B Complex with Folic Acid, which made me a bit nauseas if stomach is empty. But that’s just me, and of course it’ll probably be different for you guys.
Besides that, the ESP Mixed Soy Protein Isolate Powder is not one of my favourites, because you have to drink it and it’s kinda thick. I’m not a fan of these kinda ‘shakes’ in general, but I do know a lot of people who do love them. I was told that you can also add it into your usual juices, into your bakes, maybe in some yogurt? I’m not sure, but I’m not exactly rajin to do all these things- which is BAD! Because I know how good this supplement is based on the many reviews I read online especially for breastfeeding mums..
I also noticed that I have healthier gums too and they don’t bleed as much anymore, which I think it the work of the Sustained Release Vita-C Plus.
I listed down each of the supplements that are included in this Shaklee Postnatal Set, so keep on scrolling for thorough info on each of them.
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THE SHAKLEE POSTNATAL SET
Recommended intake: 1 tablet daily
This basically gives you all the Vitamin C you need! What’s so great about Vitamin C? Well, you’ll get:
- Healthy gums
- Healthy bones and teeth
- Increases immune cell production
- Boost the immune system’s ability to fight off disease
Recommended intake: 3 capsules daily
The OmegaGuard provides a wide spectrum of seven pharmaceutical-grade omega-3 essential fatty acids which are needed for our body and brain. From what I was told, this is a must have for every mummy and mummy-to-be because our body does not produce this fatty acid and it is crucial for the health of both mum and baby.
I recall my mum giving us cod liver oils when we were younger, and I’m sure many you did too! But I also learnt that cod liver oils are made from the fish’s liver and not the whole fish, whereas the OmegaGuard is made from whole fish instead of just its liver, which I guess is much better.
Here are some of the benefits of Omega-3s:
• Fight against depression and anxiety
• Improve eye health
• brain growth and development in infants
• improve the health of your heart
• reduce symptoms of ADHD in children
• strengthens the immune system to fight of diseases
Recommended intake: 2 tablet daily with meal
This supplement delivers 28 essential vitamins and critical minerals that includes vitamin C, E and beta carotene for antioxidant protection and to support optimal health and well-being.
Basically, if you’re thinking of getting one supplement that delivers all your daily needs for vitamins and minerals, this is the supplement to take.
You can check out the full list of its 28 ingredient on Shaklee’s website here.
Recommended intake: 1 tablet daily with meal
This B-complex supplement packs all 8 B vitamins into one. I read that B vitamins are water soluble, which means that our body doesn’t store them, which then means that we need to keep supplying our body with B vitamins daily.
Some of the benefits of B vitamins include:
• reduce fatigue and boost mood
• reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression
• supports fetal development
Recommended intake: 3 caplets daily with meal
This supplement delivers all your bone-building nutrients to maintain and build stronger bones. Nutrients included in OsteMatrix are:
Calcium – Building blocks for bones
Magnesium – Helps incorporate calcium into bones
Boron – Aids bone metabolism
Vitamin D – Stimulates calcium absorption
Copper, Zinc and Manganese – Activates enzymes that help build bone mass
Recommended intake: 10 tablets one time a day with a meal
Yes! 10 tablets a day! I was shocked when I saw this, and it’s also one of the reasons why I decided to divide my intakes into 2; 5 in the morning and 5 at night.
This supplement is especially recommended for breastfeeding mums as it promotes milk production. But nutrients that contain alfafa has more benefits than just increasing milk production such as:
• Promotes hair health
• Aids in digestion and detoxifies the liver
• Boost immune system of mummy and baby (if breastfeeding)
• Reduces inflammation in joints
• Relieves body odour, bad breath, sore throats, indigestion and fatigue.
Recommended intake: Mix 28g or 3 tablespoons of ESP powder with a glass of milk, juice, water, or your favourite beverage.
Optional: Add fruit and blend.
The ESP Mixed Soy Protein Isolate Powder is super beneficial for mummies on the go, whether you’re a working mum who is always short for time or a stay at home mum that juggles house chores, transporting the kids to school etc etc because it provides you with sustained energy to get you through your daily routine.It’s also helps promote breast milk production by providing the protein dietary needs.
And as a woman, you’ll be glad to know that the soy protein also:
• Promotes radiant skin
• Strengthen nails and hair
• Keeps stomach healthy
It is also beneficial to pregnant mummies who need to consume adequate protein to support baby’s development and keep mummies healthy throughout the pregnancy.
You can also check out this informative brochure for more info.
So that’s it!
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If you’re thinking that’s crazy a lot to consume or I don’t have the funds to purchase the whole Shaklee Postnatal set- because that’s exactly what I’m thinking after having try it out- then consider what you really need or lack in your diet. For example, if you’re looking to boost your milk production then go for the Alfafa and Soy Protein Powder. If you’re more concerned about your mental health or is constantly tired, then try the B-Complex. So it really depends on what you want or need from these supplements.
Personally, I would probably continue at least 3 from this Shaklee Postnatal set:
• Alfafa Complex– because I’m breastfeeding, having super bad post-partum hairloss.
• OmegaGuard- because I feel that it’s beneficial for me and growing baby.
• Vita-Lea® Iron Formula- because my daily diet and food intake isn’t balanced or in my opinion insufficient
I also have an ongoing back problem, and I love coffee! So I’m really considering if I should take OsteMatrix. Anyway! That’s for me to think through.
Hopefully this blogpost helps you give an idea on the Shaklee Postnatal Set.