Herbal remedies, vitamin and mineral supplements are made with the intention of making our lives better, but which ones should we take?
Most of us could use an extra boost in the morning while some people need a little calming in the evening.
Thankfully, supplements can work wonders in either regard, but with so many from which to choose, what should we be taking?
To help you decide, here are seven supplements to consider…
1. Omega 3
Cholesterol levels can become an issue as you age, and that’s where Omega 3s come in – they help to normalise these levels.
But you don’t need to have cholesterol problems to enjoy the benefits of Omega 3. These essential fatty acids are good for your heart, mind, bones and even your weight-management efforts.
The easiest way to get these supplements into your body is through capsules, but you can also get them in through your diet. Eating oily fish (salmon especially), nuts and seeds can contribute to your Omega 3 content.
2. Vitamin B
Vitamin B aids food digestion and conversion into glucose, which is why it’s also known as “the energy vitamin”.
Vitamin B can be found in raw milk, free-range chicken, free-range eggs, grass-fed beef, and fresh salmon. However, we don’t always eat enough of these foods and some people don’t eat any (like vegans). This is where taking a supplement helps.
Capsules are easy and quick to take. Alternatively, you could ask your doctor about getting a vitamin B shot.
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3. Vitamin C
This is the first vitamin you probably take when you feel the flu coming on, but you can actually take this antioxidant every single day in supplement form.
You can also boost your vitamin C intake by eating more citrus fruits.
4. Vitamin D
The sun cannot be compressed into a capsule, but the vitamin D it provides can.
This all-rounder supplement helps with building bones, strengthening muscles and preventing illness while also having anti-inflammatory properties.
Thanks to the amount of time we spend indoors and sunscreen, many of us don’t get enough vitamin D from the sun anymore and many people are deficient.
5. Daily minerals
There are three main minerals that we should be taking on a daily basis:
- Calcium: Care for your bones and teeth by increasing your dairy intake or adding calcium supplements to your daily supplement routine.
- Zinc: Zinc is your immune system’s best mineral friend. It can improve your sense of smell, repress asthma and allergies and protect your teeth from building plaque. And, in general, zinc is a great regulator of the immune system.
- Magnesium: If you care about your organs, then you need to start your daily dosage of magnesium supplements. Nuts, seeds, leafy greens, beans and pumpkin are your food sources.
A supplement that is good for your gut and your overall wellness.
Probiotics are good bacteria that help your gut by aiding in digestion, getting rid of the bad bacteria and boosting your immune system.
The way you eat, the amount of stress you experience in a day and the taking of antibiotics all affect your body’s natural content of good bacteria. Probiotics are recommended to keep it healthy throughout every stressful moment and cheat day.
7. CBD oil
You may have heard of cannabidiol oil in the UK (CBD oil for short) and wondered what exactly it is and how it can help.
CBD oil is a non-psychoactive supplement that can be used to relieve pain or calm you down when stressed. It can even be used in your daily skin routine.
Find what works for you
Taking supplements can help improve your health by giving your body what it needs, but it’s important to note that not all supplements will work in the same way for everyone.
It’s also possible to be allergic to some herbal remedies so, if you are unsure, speak to your trusted general health practitioner about the best supplements to support your busy lifestyle.
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