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Just after my 50th birthday when I wondered what on earth was going on with me – my body seemed to be falling apart quicker than a Primark bikini and my brain forecast was foggy with more than a sprinkling of high level anxiety and forgetfulness – I decided to look at a menopause symptom checker. It didn’t make for particularly jolly reading, but it did set my mind at rest that what I was feeling was perfectly normal for a woman at my ‘time of life.’

As I went down ticking off almost every one of the symptoms on the menopause symptoms list, I vowed to take myself in hand and deal with the most debilitating of them. Hitting the HRT was the first step and within a couple of months the fog cleared, the energy soared and I began to feel a lot more like Lisa pre 45 years old – and it was great. With HRT I felt like I’d dealt with the major menopause symptoms that were bothering me in one fell swoop, but there were still the niggling aches and pains that hindered my workout attempts, making my walk-runs and zumba classes a little less joyful than they had been a few years back. So, I was delighted when I was contacted by one of the UK’s leading health and wellbeing brands, Neo-G, who asked whether I’d be interested in trialling their newly launched liquid vitamin supplement, Daily Defence. ‘Yes, yes I am’, I replied…

Neo_G_JointI went for the Daily Defence Joint Health with Extra Calcium which is specifically designed for 50 plus and was the ideal choice for me, but before embarking on my three month trial, I wanted to find out a bit more about the company. I was impressed with the calibre of their products – Neo-G designs and develops medical grade orthopaedic and sports supports which are supplied to medical professionals, therapists and various sport markets across the world, so their move into liquid nutrition to support healthy bodies and bones makes perfect sense. I was sold!Neo_G_DrinkSo, how did it taste? Not gonna lie (as the young ‘uns say) it took some getting used to. A daily 20ml serving was recommended and on first swig it was just about palatable – it tasted a bit like thick toffee with a lemony/metal after taste. However, bear with me…once I took in the suggestion of drinking it ice-cold and diluted with fruit in a smoothie kind of way, things were a lot better – enjoyable even! I would spoon my serving into a glass with crushed ice and mixed berries and it was lovely and refreshing. Not only was I getting in a couple of my 5 a day, I was also boosting my joint and bone health with a whole heap of vitamin and mineral goodness. Neo_G_Daily_Defence

Obviously,  joint problems aren’t just an issue for some of us menopausal women, there are a host of common aches and pains suffered by many of us everyday – stiff neck, painful knees and hips, tennis elbow and shoulder pain are just a few.  Even if you’re one of the lucky ones that doesn’t do the ‘neanderthal crouch to present day upright man’ when hobbling to the bathroom in the mornings, it would be sensible to start thinking about maintaining and strengthening your joint health before problems develop – and that’s the aim of  Neo G’s Daily Defence Joint Health – to keep bones and joints supple and strong to help prevent deterioration. 
 Developed by nutritional experts, Daily Defence Joint Health contains a powerful combination of three active ingredients which are scientifically proven to help maintain healthy joints from the inside out:
Copper — Copper has a host of properties which help maintain everyday joint health. It helps maintain the connective tissues in the body, which includes bone and cartilage and is a natural anti inflammatory.
Calcium  — Calcium is well known to support the growth of healthy teeth and bones, but also supports muscle function so it’s  highly beneficial for maintaining healthy joints. As bones can weaken with many joint conditions, calcium is essential to support the growth and repair of healthy bones before problems arise.
Vitamin D — Vitamin D supports growth of healthy teeth and bones, as well as maintaining normal blood levels and muscle function. The NHS Choices website reports that 1 in 5 of us has low Vitamin D levels, so it’s important to keep it topped up.
Along with the 3 main ingredients, Daily Defence Expert Liquid Nutrition also includes those popular joint helpers, 

Glucosamine Sulphate, Chondroitin Sulphate and Hyaluronic Acid.

So, how has it worked for me? Well, 2 months in and I’m getting less aches and pains than normal – this could be a combination of the supplement and the HRT plus the fact that I’m doing daily stretching exercises that I think are so important – especially when, like me, you’re as flexible as a plank of wood! But I am definitely going to carry on taking my special ‘joint and bone cocktail’ every morning as I’ve always believed in the power of a good nutritional supplement to complement a healthy diet and I feel that Neo G is a particularly well developed addition to my daily health and wellbeing. Plus if it can keep me on the dance floor for the next 50 years – which is what I’m intending – then that’s a definite bonus!

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You can find Neo G Daily Defence Joint Health  at Boots HERE and it’s £18.49 for 24 servings. Find out more about Neo-G and their health and wellbeing products, HERE.

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