Tessa Sanderson’s secret to looking and feeling great in her 60’s

From an early age Tessa Sanderson CBE always had an abundance of energy. At the tender age of 13, Tessa then a budding athlete, threw a cricket ball just shy of 200 feet! Unbeknown to Tessa, this was the start of her incredible career!

And what a career she’s had; With over 26 years on the international circuit, Tessa was the first black British woman to win an Olympic Gold medal. She appeared in every Summer Olympics from 1976 to 1996 and won three Commonwealth Gold Medals for Javelin.

Tessa Sanderson CBE

So what’s Tessa’s secret to her incredible vitality?

Tessa’s health and fitness regime has changed a lot since her competing days but one staple that has continued throughout her career is her consumption of Bee Pollen, often referred to as an athletic performance enhancer, and it’s not surprising why.

“When I was competing, there was a lot of power work, so a lot more strength required. I needed to throw my javelin, I was training 6 or 7 times a week. Nutritional habits changed because I was eating a lot more power food such as meat and carbohydrates. I needed that for my events. I was never a muscle thrower I was a speed thrower.”

“I also took a lot of bee pollen. Little did I know that several years down the line I would be ambassador for Manuka Doctor who has Bee Pollen within their range as well as their Bee Flex supplement for muscle strength and bones which also contains Bee Pollen – something I’ve been taking for years!”

Bee pollen provides an abundance of proteins, vitamins, minerals and amino acids which are all important in achieving optimal health. Studies have shown how Bee Pollen can help give an athletic advantage with less training time lost due to illness and a greater volume of training performed. As well as shortening recovery time after intense exercise. [1]

And our customers agree!

“I bought bee pollen one jar for my girlfriend one jar for myself quality was surprisingly great! And taste amazing! Highly recommend for everyone with yoghurt or your favourite snacks! It gives you for all day energy and good mood!” Andy K

“My husband takes Bee Pollen every day and says it keeps him fit and healthy and would recommend anyone to give it a try he mixing it with a spoonful of honey and water” Jennifer O

“All these company products deserve minimum of 4 stars but this one in particular deserve 10 out of 5 stars! Use this during the workout and you get huge energy” BritPharaoh

Manuka Doctor’s Bee Flex supplement also contains Bee Pollen, designed to support your bones, cartilage and connective tissue. Other ingredients include vitamin C, needed for the normal production of collagen, a protein found in skin, cartilage, bone, blood and ligaments [2], plus glucosamine and chondroitin, which are found naturally in cartilage and have been shown to curb the breakdown of cartilage and stimulate its repair.[3] Other ingredients include manganese – needed for bones and connective tissue, including cartilage [4] – and turmeric, which has a natural anti-inflammatory effect on the body.[5]

“This product is excellent. My movement is so much better when I take it. I did have a month off and had to re-order as my body missed it.” Kathy C

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Tessa is 66 yet looks 40! How does she do it?

It’s not just Tessa’s fitness levels that are incredible at 66, Tessa puts her youthful looks down to a healthy lifestyle and great DNA! She also learnt quite early on that using soap on her face was quite harsh for her skin and the most important element to her skincare regime is a great moisturiser.

“Coming out of my teenage years I started to learn more about my body. I stopped using soap on my face as it was quite harsh on my skin. I now absolutely love the Manuka Doctor Night Cream, when you apply it your pores open up and the cream just sinks right in. I use it not just on my face but on my arms legs and everywhere! Also the Cashmere Cream has such a wonderful fragrance and feels like silk my skin.”

And our customers agree,

“Absolutely love this night cream, it is so rich and I feel it is feeding my skin overnight. It feels very silky but light and non greasy.” Paulina M

You can find Manuka Doctor skincare products here… and read more about Tessa’s healthy lifestyle habits here

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Article References

[1] Maughan RJ, Evans SP. Effects of pollen extract upon adolescent swimmers. Br J Sports Med. 1982;16(3):142–145 [2] European Commission. EU Register on health claims. http://ec.europa.eu/food/safety/labelling_nutrition/claims/register/public/?event=search [3] Jerosch J. Effects of Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate on Cartilage Metabolism in [4] OA: Outlook on Other Nutrient Partners Especially Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Int J Rheumatol. 2011;2011:969012. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3150191/ [4] As Source 2 [5] Shehzad A, Rehman G, Lee YS. Curcumin in inflammatory diseases. Biofactors. 2013 Jan-Feb; 39(1):69-77. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23281076