There are thousand of supplements available for all types of wellness and ailments. The goal of supplements is to keep a person well and strong so that they don’t have to rely on pharmaceuticals that only treat symptoms. Pharmaceuticals can have many unwanted side effects and, while they may take away the symptoms of one ailment, they may cause harm to the body. If you were to purchase poor quality supplements, the same could hold true. “Relatedly, there are several supplements that have shown evidence of benefit for mood or cognition, as well as for physical health problems that are known to both impact mood and be affected by mood symptoms. These include, but are not limited to, omega-3 fatty acids, l-methylfolate (B9), vitamin B12, and probiotics,” stresses Traci Stein Ph.D.
INGREDIENTS TO AVOID IN SUPPLEMENTS
The first things that you have to look at are the ingredients in the supplement. Many supplements contain titanium dioxide and silicon dioxide; this is the same thing that is in some paints. Just the thought that something that is in the paint on your house is something that you could be ingesting should make you want to steer clear. If the supplement has a pastel color to it, it probably contains titanium dioxide.
That supplement probably also has one of many artificial colors that are added to make them look more appealing. We don’t take the supplements for what they look like, we take them for the benefits that they give us. Some artificial coloring comes from the same thing house paint is made from…sound familiar. Avoid these also.
Magnesium stearate is used so that the vitamins don’t stick to each other in the bottle. It has also been shown to repress the immune system and to impede the assimilation of nutrients in the body. Since many times we are taking the supplements to help our immune system, we should put this ingredient on the do not ingest list.
Many vitamins also contain hydrogenated oils. The same oils that we have been trying to avoid in process foods for quite awhile. “They encourage heart problems, strokes, nervous system problems, block the absorption of essential fatty acids, upset blood sugar regulation and more” (www.draxe.com/4-dangerous-and-common-vitamin-fillers-you-must-avoid).
THE BEST VITAMIN SUPPLEMENTS
The best way to get your recommended daily allowance of vitamins and minerals is from natural food sources. Sometimes taking a supplement will give you too much of a certain nutrient so if you are feeling well with your current diet, you may not need supplements. If you eat a lot of processed food or if you are feeling like you may be depleted in a specific nutrient, vitamin supplements may be what you need. Depending upon your needs, these are the supplements that will be most helpful to you.
VITAMIN D: “We are all aware of the recommendations that some of us should produce more vitamin D, take folic acid during pregnancy, take certain B-vitamins for better mental and physical health, and consume additional iron particularly if you’re a woman under 50 years,” says Gary L. Wenk Ph.D. This wonderful nutrient can come from good old sunshine, but that may not be possible in the winter. There is a spray version that you take under your tongue and, therefore, it is easily absorbed into the body. This is a good supplement for decreasing the possibility of getting the flu and it can enrich bone health in older folks.
PROBIOTICS: Our gut contains trillions of bacteria that help with our digestion. If this bacteria count is off, digestive issues can occur. Taking a probiotic will replace any of the bacteria that are lost due to taking antibiotics and keep them stable when you are healthy.
ZINC: This little wonder “interferes with the replication of rhinoviruses, the microbes that cause the common cold”(www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/five-vitamins-and-suppements-are-actually-worth-taking).
GARLIC: This is probably the easiest one to take naturally. Garlic is known for its power to reduce blood pressure.
NIACIN: Known as a cure for many ailments, including headaches, this nutrient is especially helpful to those who have heart disease in that, taken daily; it reduces the occurrence of strokes and heart attacks.
Although some of these supplements are used for specific ailments or to ward off unwanted diseases and sickness, a daily regimen of taking these in a food or other natural supplement form can be good for everybody. “Vitamins help your body perform optimally and multivitamin supplements can help ensure you are also getting the dosages of each mineral that you need,” says Elizabeth Scott, MS.