Tim Spector says £2.25 supplement can reduce inflammation and help gut health

Tim Spector is a nutritional scientist and advocates everyone eats 30 different plants per week
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A renowned nutritional scientist has unveiled a new health supplement packed with over 30 ingredients, which he claims will reduce inflammation and boost gut health.

Tim Spector, a professor of genetic epidemiology at King's College London and the founder of the Zoe health app, believes that this £2.25 per day addition will help individuals achieve their goal of consuming 30 different plants.

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In a trial involving 50 people, Prof Spector revealed that one group was given dried croutons while another was provided with Daily 30+. After six weeks, 51 per cent of those taking the supplement reported an increase in energy levels and saw a significant improvement in their gut bacteria composition: an average five-point rise on Zoe's microbiome score.

Speaking to The Times, Prof Spector expressed his concern about people who regularly take supplements but continue to maintain a poor diet. He labelled most supplements as a 'complete waste of money', arguing that there is little scientific evidence to support their use.

His recommendation for a 30 plant per day diet stems from the belief that variety is crucial, particularly when it comes to maintaining gut bacteria health, which can help combat disease and infection, and prevent diabetes and dementia.

Prof Spector stated: "Half the population takes supplements regularly, but 99 per cent have no evidence they work People pop a multivitamin and carry on eating rubbish.", reports Gloucestershire Live.

Prof Spector explains the benefits of the supplement in terms of its high polyphenol content, saying: "They shift the ratio of good and bad bugs so we get a healthier microbiome, which we know leads to a better immune system."

In addition to this, people taking the supplement noticed a significant reduction in appetite, with Prof Spector adding: "Ultra-processed food makes you hungrier because it's so easy to eat you don't notice it. This is crunchy, textured you feel it on your tongue and that has quite a big effect on hunger."

Other notable benefits from using this supplement included a considerable alleviation in digestive discomfort and constipation, largely thanks to the 5g of fibre each serving offers. This is crucial as most UK citizens are falling short on the recommended intake of 30g per day, with an average consumption being around 15g.

The Daily 30+ is designed to be easily added into any diet by sprinkling it over your meals, regardless whether it's yoghurt, salad or something else. Prof Spector comments on the preparation method of the supplement stating: "The majority of ingredients are simply freeze-dried. The cell structure and fibre are the same, which is important. A few we've had to pulp or squeeze, some of those cells might be damaged and not in their original state, that's why we call it minimally processed."

The supplement, which is aimed at promoting better health and longevity, is priced at £39 for a monthly supply (500g), or you can snag a deal of £133 for four packs via the Zoe website, with even more savings available for members. From July 17, it will hit the shelves of a top supermarket, retailing at £13.50 for a week's supply or £2.25 for an individual 15g sachet.

Discussing the state of health in the UK, he highlighted some concerning statistics: "We have the highest [consumption] of ultra-processed food in Europe, the highest number of people of working age who are sick and can't work. We know 80 per cent of common illnesses, including mental illness, could be prevented if people were on the optimum diet."