Up until fairly recently, the popular health supplements that the rest of the world were busily cramming into their morning smoothies were comparatively hard to find in Dubai. While you may not have to walk more than a street or two in order to sink back a shot of wheatgrass in many other cities around the globe, finding such green delights in the emirate takes a little bit more dedication.
Having recently splurged on a range of energy-boosting powders, seeds and supplements while overseas during the Christmas holiday period, we decided to find out where you can pick up similar gems in Dubai. Read on to see what we found and exactly how the prices match up.
Organic Foods and Café The beautiful people of supermarkets, this eco-loving hotspot is the type of place you’d expect to see fresh-faced yogis with sun-kissed, long-haired toddlers in tow. The chain now has three locations in Dubai and stocks a range of items from wholegrain pasta to almond milk.
But it’s the sheer range of health supplements and superfoods that we’re impressed by. Stashed on shelves are black chia seeds, which are packed with vitamins and minerals and a plant-based source of Omega 3 (340g for just Dhs32) as well as organic flax seeds, which are full of ‘good fats’ or Omega-3s, fibre and antioxidants (Dhs13 for 500g). You also can pick up canned organic coconut water from the Philippines (Dhs4.25 a pop). Meanwhile, the supplements section is stacked with all manner of capsules and smoothie superfoods including wheatgrass (Dhs48 for 200g), as well as chlorella, a water-grown algae and a good source of calcium, chlorophyll and protein (Dhs83.50 for 200g) and also Maca powder, which is a Peruvian root that is rich in V and C vitamins, magnesium, iron and amino acids to boot (Dhs48 for 300g). Organic Foods and Café, various locations including Sheikh Zayed Road, www.organicfoodsandcafe.com (04 338 2911).
Holland & Barrett The UK export has opened its eighth branch in Citywalk recently and is home to a range of health supplements and beauty products. Though we were disappointed with the service when we visited the outlet at The Dubai Mall, it does stock many items that you won’t find elsewhere. Among these are Dr Organic’s range of skincare, organic beetroot juice, aloe vera juice (Dhs81 for 946ml), organic goji berries, which are claimed to be the most nutritionally dense fruit on earth, they’re full of powerful antioxidants, as well as California prunes, Austrian celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck’s range of drinks and even organic tea tree mouthwash.
You can also pick up chia seeds, a high plant-based source of fibre, Omega-3s and protein (Dhs52 for 350g) and flax seeds (Dhs30 for 500g). When it comes to superfood smoothie supplements, expect to pay more here too. Among them, spirulina powder, a highly nutritious micro saltwater plant, is worth a try (Dhs98 for 200g), as well as Maca powder (Dhs64 for 300g) and barley grass powder, a type of whole grain containing vitamins said to promote weight loss (Dhs64 for 200g). Various locations including Citywalk (04 344 5887).
Dr Nutrition Though the focus here tends to be on weight loss (you can get your BMI tested for free and the first nutritional consultation is also complimentary), the shop stocks a number of note-worthy health foods, including Noni juice – a fruit from Tahiti, it is packed with antioxidants and nutrients (Dhs110 for 946ml). You’ll also find Noni in capsule form as well as spirulina and Maca powder, plus snacks for weight-watchers, including popped (not fried) crisps as well as sugar-free chocolates. The Dubai Mall (04 339 9600).
Nutrition Zone Ideal for anyone with an adversity to ingesting green stuff the normal way, this store is more about supplements than health foods. Pick up immune-boosting items including garlic oil and coconut oil in capsule form as well as spirulina capsules (200 for Dhs95) and chlorella tables, a water-grown algae and a good source of calcium, chlorophyll and protein (120 for 89).
We also dig the selection of Pukka Tea, with flavours including organic peppermint, fennel and rose as well as natural Andaolou shampoo, made using fruit stem cells. The One coconut juice boxes here are a little heftier at Dhs10 a pop. Various locations including Ibn Battuta Mall (04 368 5390).
Docib Nutrition Center Though small and not as well-stocked, this convenient Al Barsha gem also sells Noni juice (Dhs68 for 946ml) at almost half the price of other stores. You’ll find apple cider vinegar on offer, which helps the body maintain a healthy pH balance and black cherry concentrate, which contains natural melatonin to help fight insomnia. Don’t miss Nuxe’s range of natural skincare products, but chlorella and wheatgrass powders are set at a higher price. Outside Lulu Supermarket, Al Barsha 1 (04 323 7764).