OMICAL – The Real Calcium from Milk (Plus Giveaway!)

I have a confession to make. It’s not an earth-shaking one, but one that always worries me, especially when my age is catching up now.

I hate milk, absolutely hate it. Yes, you read it right. I’m not lactose intolerant, I can eat cheese and yogurt, but I just hate milk. I dislike how it tastes. Sometimes I drink flavoured milk (chocolate or strawberry), but that doesn’t happen very often.

Recently, I read an article on bone health. It says as our bones reach maximum density at the age of 30, we start to lose bone mass at a faster rate. International Osteoporosis Foundation revealed in 2010 that 1 in 3 Singaporeans above the age of 35 are at risk of developing osteoporosis. The elderly are also likely to consume medications that may impair calcium absorption.

This got me a little concerned. My body has stopped building bone mass, and without knowing it, I’m actually losing it on a daily basis. Exercise and weight training can counteract this natural process of decline, but I also hardly have time to do so. To add insult to injury, I’m also not getting enough calcium from my diet.

Even though I look seemingly healthy now, I know that something is not quite right inside of me. I’m not having enough calcium and I’m losing my bone mass, which may lead to problems like osteoporosis later on.

Is there anything that I can do now? If you ask me, I would say that we should exercise regularly and keep an active lifestyle, eat a well-balanced diet, and make sure we get sufficient calcium and Vitamin D.

Understand what’s happening in our body at different stages of life is equally important. I did a bit of reading on this topic, and here is some useful information that I’d like to share with you.

  1. During puberty, when our body and skeleton are growing, bone formation outpaces bone loss.
  2. By the time we reach our 30s, we stop naturally building bone mass, and we start to lose it.
  3. During pregnancy, if we don’t get enough calcium, our babies will draw what they need from our bones.
  4. After menopause, the rate of our bone loss accelerates to 1-5% on average, depending on our diet, exercise, body frame, drug intake, and overall health.
  5. Some women can lose up to 25% of their bone density in the ten years following menopause.

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So recently, I’ve been taking OMICAL as a calcium supplement. Unlike a typical calcium supplement, OMICAL is a milk mineral complex that mimics the composition of human bones, containing key components like magnesium, vitamin D, phosphorus, potassium, iron, zinc and copper.

To put it simple, OMICAL is the only organic milk supplement in the market that might be the closest-to-natural way to top-up our daily calcium levels. This allows for optimal absorption.

Some off-the-shelf calcium supplements are made from calcium carbonates, lactate or gluconate that are derived from sources such as crushed up rocks, shells and bones, which carry potential contamination with toxic substances like lead or mercury.

OMICAL, on the other hand, is derived from pure milk, so we get all the nutrients from milk without the fat, steroids, antibiotics and hormones. OMICAL is also safe for those who are lactose-intolerant as well as children. OMICAL can also be crushed up for consumption for people who have difficulty swallowing tablets.

Thus, I like the fact that OMICAL is free from impurities and toxic metals such as lead, mercury and arsenic, and it has been confirmed through a laboratory test by the Health Science Authority.

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Two tablets of OMICAL contain 500 mg of Calcium (from milk) and 200 IU of Vitamin D3, and that provides up to 50% of our daily recommended intake. I take two tablets each after breakfast and dinner, and I’m all for adequate levels of calcium and Vitamin D in my body.

It’s actually quite convenient for me, just pop two tablets each in the morning and night. At first, I thought either the taste will be weird, or they will be too large to swallow. But I was wrong. They are actually tasteless and easy to swallow.

FIVE quick facts about OMICAL:

  1. Is tested in Singapore to be free from toxic metals to ensure safety.
  2. Is an organic calcium supplement that is derived from pure milk.
  3. Has five Certificates of Safety and Conformance to FDA regulations.
  4. Is free from antibiotics, pesticide residues, artificial colour, gluten and preservatives.
  5. Is made in Canada.

OMICAL is available at leading pharmacies Guardian, Watsons and Unity, as well as selected independent retailers. The recommended retail price is $31.90 for a bottle of 60 tablets.

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Most Singaporeans now take vitamins and dietary supplements as part of their daily routine. They are widely trusted to improve our health and wellbeing, and to compensate for a less than ideal diet as a result of the hectic lifestyle.

Consuming OMICAL real organic milk calcium tablets is hence the perfect way to increase our calcium intakeIf we don’t take care of our health, no one will. So say cheers to health with OMICAL today!

OMICAL – a calcium supplement derived from Organic Milk Source, minus the fat, in an easy to take tablet.

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Now, it’s giveaway time!

Answer this simple question:

How is Omical different from other calcium supplements?

Leave your answer in the comment section below together with your name and e-mail address. FIVE winners with the correct answer will win a full-sized bottle of OMICAL (60 tablets) worth $31.90.

One entry per person, and this is open to Singapore residents only! Closing date of the giveaway is on 31 Oct 2014!

Last but not least, OMICAL will be giving my readers a chance to receive 20 samples just by filling up this form. So, experience for yourself the goodness of OMICAL! Good luck on winning the samples and the actual bottle! Strong bones for all of you!

[2 Nov 14] Winner Announcement:

A big THANK YOU to everyone for taking part in the OMICAL giveaway contest. The FIVE winners of a full-sized bottle of OMICAL (60 tablets) each are:

#1: Corinne Lim
#5: Esther Chng
#9: Evon
#19: Jingxian
#21: Irene Yeo

Congratulations! Strong bones for all of you!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Nuffnang. All opinions are honest and are my own.

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Sharp Plasmacluster: Winner Announcement!

A big THANK YOU to everyone for taking part in the Sharp Plasmacluster Air Purifying System (IG-DX10E) giveaway contest.

A winner has been selected by the sponsor, and I can’t wait to announce it now.

Our winner is

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Tan Lee Buay

 

Congratulations, Lee Buay! Please take note of the collection details below:

Collection at:

  • SHARP-ROXY SALES (SINGAPORE) PTE LTD
  • 138 Robinson Road #21-00, The Corporate Office, Singapore 068906
  • Collection is on 24th & 25th Oct ‘12 (Wed & Thu), 9am – 5.30pm. Avoid lunch time 12pm – 1pm.

Please approach the reception and look for CED Marketing Dept, and bring along your NRIC for verification.

Enjoy a new level of clean and purified air with Sharp Plasmacluster, I’m sure you’ll love it!

For the rest of my readers, thanks again for participating. If you’re interested to purchase this product, you can check out my detailed review HERE.

There will be more giveaways in the future, so please “Like” my Facebook Page if you want to receive updates from my blog.

 

Our Little Smarties’ Giveaway (Jul’12)

As a token of appreciation for your continuous support and readership, I’m organizing a giveaway this month. Moving forward, I plan to organize it once every two months or so. Just to reward you, my dear readers.

Look what I have this month:

1. FaceQ Ocean and Aloe Mask with marine collagen

Provides moisture and nourishment to your skin, immediate improves the texture of your skin, and creates skin clarity, translucency and healthy glow! This is a 12pcs + 15pcs twin pack. Special edition bought from Taiwan.

2. LBL – Orange Louis Junior Shoes

Made with genuine high quality calf leather, this pair of junior shoes is lightweight, comfortable and fashionable. Brand new with tag. US Size 9, European Size 26, In Sole Length 164mm. More product information is available HERE.

3. Vitacreme B12

One of the best night creams I’ve ever used! For smoothness, hydration and elasticity of your skin, you gotta try this.  Read about my review HERE.

4. Shichida Printsheets

Publication year is 2010; I have 12 copies from Jan till Dec. Although they are a little out-dated, I still think they are very good materials for toddlers between 2 to 3 year old.

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It’s very easy to join this giveaway. Just follow the 3 steps below:

1. ‘Like’ Our Little Smarties Facebook Page (if you have not)

2. Leave a comment on this blog post on Our Little Smarties Facebook Page and indicate which item that you like to win.

3. To double your chance and win a second item, share the link of this giveaway on your Facebook wall or Twitter (you can just click on the ‘Share’ button on the post), and leave another comment here indicating the second item that you like to win.

More info:

– Contest ends: Wednesday 11 July 2012, 11.59 pm (SG Time)

– Open to all readers with local Singapore addresses

– Winners will be picked randomly using random number generator

– Winners will be notified via Facebook and/or e-mail and items will be sent by courier

Have fun with this giveaway, everyone! Thanks for your support!

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[Update] Winners announced on 13 Jul 2012.

 

Introducing MDS Collections + Giveaways!

Have you ever experienced this situation before? You open the doors of a wardrobe bursting with clothes but you cannot find anything that you like to wear. It could be the clothes are too out-dated, your own tastes have changed or you just need a new piece to freshen up.

It happens to me quite frequently. As I don’t have a lot of time to shop for clothes in stores, online boutiques become increasingly attractive to me. But then, there are also impulse buys that looked good on the website but not once worn when they were brought home.

The garments may be too long, too short or of poor quality. Sending them for alterations is also another hassle. Most of these online boutiques do not accept refund. At the end, the garments are chucked aside, unworn and unloved.

Recently, I found a solution to the above. I’d love to introduce you all to my favorite online fashion store, MDS Collections. The prices are really affordable at this store – most dresses, tops, shorts and pants are priced between SG$26 – $50. The most exciting thing about MDS is that they have new arrivals everyday at 10am. Yay!

To be honest, I wouldn’t say that the quality of the clothing is exceptional. But again, it’s satisfactory for its price so I keep coming back to them. These are some of the dresses I bought from MDS recently, and I love them to bits. They are simple and lovely – all under SG$36!

And lately, I’ve had a fondness for wearing thin belts and I bought many of them from MDS to complement my outfits. MDS has a gorgeous collection of accessories too and their belts usually sold out very fast. Tips: You have to order quickly if you see something that you like.

Why I like MDS Collections?

1. As mentioned above, their prices are really affordable and I like their daily new arrivals.

2. Product information is readily available on the website – from the sizes, materials and description to styling tips on how to match the attire with accessories and shoes. Always check the sizes, and you can’t go wrong.

Tips: I’m 158cm tall and I choose dresses with shoulder to hem length of 34” and above. Otherwise, I find them too short for office.

Photo Credit: MDS Collections

3. You can return your orders for a refund if you’re not satisfied with your purchase. They will issue an exchange voucher of equivalent value once they receive the items. This is an interesting feature that most online stores do not have. This really solves the problem of unworn clothes that are chucked aside.

MDS Collections has two outlets located at Wisma Atria and Plaza Singapura. You can also visit their stores to try out their collections. Click HERE for their store locations.

Recently, I got two gift certificates worth SG$38 and SG$27, and I’d like to share them with you. You can use the gift certificate when you shop online at MDS Collections and you’re entitled to a discount from your total purchase. No minimum purchase required.

How to win?

1. “Like” my Facebook Fan Page if you haven’t.

2. Leave a comment “Liked” on this blog post.

3. Closing date: 15 September 2011, 12pm (GMT +8)

Two winners will be selected randomly. First winner will receive the SG$38 gift certificate and the second winner will get the SG$27. The gift certificate is in the form of discount code and it will be sent to the winners via e-mail. So, please ensure that you enter the correct e-mail address.

This contest is opened to all readers.

Good Luck and Happy Shopping!

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WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT! Congrats to Huey Ling (First Winner) and Celine Tan (Second Winner), you’ve won a gift certificate to shop at MDS Online Fashion Store. I’ll be contacting you shortly with details on how to use the gift certificate. And a big THANK YOU to everyone who joined the contest!

 

Giveaway: Little Blue Lamb Leather Infant Shoes

So, this is the exciting news that I was talking about in my last post. I wrote a long review on Little Blue Lamb children shoes and I hope you’ll like the shoes too.

Today, I’m glad to announce that I’ve a pair of leather soft sole infant shoes to give away to one lucky reader. Special thanks to Dear Baby for sponsoring this lovely pair of shoes.

This is the LBL Orange Charleston soft soles infant shoes. The size is 18 – 24 months with 13.5cm insole length. I’m very sure your baby will look fantastic in this eye-catching orange leather shoes. Trust me.

The shoes are made of premium soft leather from Italy with leather linings for breathability. They have cushioned leather insole for comfort and anti-skid rubber pads for traction.

If you’d like to win this pair of lovely shoes (whether for your baby or as a gift for your friend), all you have to do is:

1. Visit Dear Baby website.

2. Leave a comment on this post and share with me what you like about LBL shoes.

3. Please make sure you enter a valid e-mail address. Don’t worry, it’s only visible to me and it will not be displayed.

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This contest will run for a week and ends on 7 July 2011 @ 2359 hours sharp. I’ll have Little Edison to select one winner randomly out of a box. The result will be announced on 9 July 2011. I’ll deliver the shoes to the lucky winner via courier.

This contest is open to all readers with a Singapore mailing address. All the best everyone!