South Africa is a country of huge natural diversity, where people have been using healing plants and other natural remedies for centuries. Accordingly, it should be no surprise that the country is home to several leading natural health brands, each with a unique range of health-giving products.

Buchulife

BuchulifeBuchulife products use the “miracle” oil of the buchu plant, which is endemic to South Africa’s Western Cape and has been proven to act as a potent natural anti-inflammatory. Recognised as South Africa’s most valuable medicinal herb, buchu’s uses and benefits have been known and documented by for hundreds of years. Among Buchulife’s products are a buchu-infused topical gel, a range of capsules a moisturising cream and a range of herbal waters.

Further details available at: www.buchulife.com

Vitaforce

vitaforceVitaforce was the first company in South Africa to launch a range of herbal multivitamins, with each multivitamin tailored to meet the needs of men or women at a specific stage of life. In addition, the company’s products include Vitaforce Plus, which is a high-potency combination supplement; the Vitaforce Skin Range, blending vitamins and herbs that moisturise and repair the skin; and Vitaforce Active Arnica, for treating soft-tissue injuries.

Further details available at: www.pharmanatura.co.za/vitaforce/

Natura

naturaFounded by Dr Michael Levien in 1966, Natura manufactures and distributes a range of homeopathic medicines. These include medicines for common and minor illnesses, as well as a range of medicines for treating chronic illnesses and more serious conditions.

Further details available at: www.natura.co.za

Moducare

moducareModucare products are made from a patented mix of plant sterols and sterolins, shown through research to support a healthy and balanced immune system. Most people are aware that a weak immune system leaves the body vulnerable to infections. However, an over-active immune system can also be problematic. In the case of arthritis, for example, the immune system attacks the body’s own cells.

Further details available at: www.moducare.com

Futurelife

futurelifeFuturelife is a food company whose mission is to improve health and wellbeing through smart nutritional choices in daily life. To this end, it produces different categories of foods to meet specific needs. These include a range of high energy foods, high protein foods, low calorie foods and foods specifically for kids. All Futurelife products include calcium, iron, zinc, selenium, essential vitamins, omega 3 + 6 fatty acids and 19 amino acids.

Further details available at: www.futurelife.co.za

Flora Force

flora forceFlora Force is a Cape Town-based producer of herbal and homeopathic remedies. The company was founded by Dr Florrie Kerschbaumer in 1989, and is now run by her two eldest sons, Gerhard and Karl. Flora Force produces a wide range of single and combination-herb capsules, tablets and tinctures for both dispensing practitioners and the retail market.

Further details available at: www.floraforce.co.za

Weleda

Weleda

Weleda was founded in 1964 in the Cape Town suburb of Rosebank. Today it provides a wide range of herbal remedies, vitamin supplements, natural cosmetics, tissue salts and other nutritional and homeopathic products. The company believes in a holistic approach that combines dietary advice, exercise routines, nutritional information and natural remedies, with a focus on understanding illness from a mental and emotional perspective as well a physical one.

Further details available at: www.weledapharmacies.co.za