The best natural supplements to take daily
Understanding that supplements are good for your health may not be rocket science, but with so many different ones out there, understanding which ones to take on a regular basis can prove more difficult than it should!
Here’s what we’d recommend to keep you feeling in tip-top condition:
- A multivitamin - Good multivitamins are like an insurance policy for your health as they provide basic levels of all essential vitamins and minerals, and aid absorption. They’re not a replacement for a healthy diet but, for the occasions where you reach for a can of coke over a herbal tea, they can help bridge the nutritional gap.
- Fish oil - Fish oil is a source of the omega-3 fatty acids, Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). EPA and DHA contribute to the maintenance of healthy brain and heart function, and vision. They also act as a natural anti-inflammatory, which is great for reducing pain and swelling, and aiding in recovery after sporting injuries.
- Live cultures - These were previously referred to as ‘probiotics’ and provide beneficial flora for gut health. Since the health of our digestive system determines absorption of nutrients from food, anything which benefits gut health may have an effect on general health and resistance to infection. For general health, look for a product with several strains.
- An immune system booster - Your immune system is your body’s defence against any nasties, so take care of it and it’ll take care of you! Pau d’Arco contains compounds which fight against harmful organisms and boosts the immune system; reducing the risk of getting ill. Pau d’Arco also contains antioxidants, which help to fight free-radical damage to cells.
Other helpful supplements
Got a particular area of health you want to target? Read on to find out the best supplements for the job...
For healthy digestion
Rio Amazon Super Cleanse provides gentle fibre to support healthy digestion. It’s partly water soluble and therefore unlikely to cause irritation to those with digestive problems. Super cleanse contains herbs, vitamins, minerals and a ‘good bacteria’ called Lactobacillus acidophilus to aid in healthy digestion.
For a natural energy boost
When your energy is flagging, it’s all too easy to reach for a cup of coffee, an energy drink or a sugary snack - but it’s no secret that none of those things will do your health any good. A natural energy booster such as GoGo Guarana is a much better alternative, and won’t give you the peaks and troughs in energy associated with synthetic forms of caffeine.
Stress happens to all of us, and sometimes it can be shifted by something as simple as exercise or a good chat with a friend. Other times, it can be harder to combat, and that’s where herbal supplements come in. The Adrenal Cortex produces hormones which help your body regulate stress, and Nutramedix Adrenal Support helps to support that. It contains a blend of the extracts of five adaptogenic plants, including Ginseng, which contributes to the body’s resistance to stress.
If you have questions about which supplements you should be taking, why not get in touch?