Meghan Lyons, M.S.
Making the most of your day certainly depends on having enough energy. Whether it is tackling that lengthy to-do list around the house, preparing for a weekend party or traveling off to a new destination, feeling energized is key. Some of the most dependable ways to remain ready to seize the day is to make healthy choices and habits a part of your regular routine. A weekly exercise program, following a well-balanced diet, getting enough nighttime rest and managing stress are some of the best practices for maintaining a strong energy level. Taking dietary supplements to fill any nutrient gaps is also helpful.† Read on to learn about some of the supplemental nutrients that you can take when you feel you might need a bit more support.
B Vitamins – The family of eight B vitamins (thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, B6, B12, folic acid, pantothenic acid and biotin) are all needed for cellular energy production in the body.† As coenzymes, they help your body convert the food you eat into cellular energy.† Without adequate amounts of the B vitamins, the complex processes that convert food into energy would not be as efficient. Vitamin B12, specifically, may be lacking in those who follow strict vegetarian or vegan lifestyles, as vitamin B12 is only found in animal sources. Additionally, B12 absorption is very complex and as we age, the body’s ability to effectively absorb B12 declines. Thankfully, Nature Made Energy‡ VitaMelts®, with 1,500 mcg vitamin B12 in just one great tasting, fast melting tablet that dissolves right in your mouth can help you meet your B12 needs.
CoQ10 – Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a vitamin-like compound made by the body that is needed for energy production in the cell.† Statin users are encouraged to consider supplementing with CoQ10 since certain statin drugs may lower blood levels of this important nutrient.† Consider Nature Made CoQ10 adult gummies, which supports cellular energy production† and provides 100 mg of CoQ10 in 2 great tasting gummies.
Magnesium – Involved in hundreds of reactions in the body, this major mineral is also an important player in cellular energy production.† Specifically, the breakdown of carbohydrates and fats to produce cellular energy requires the presence of magnesium.† Although magnesium is abundant in many foods, national data reveals that many Americans are not meeting their daily requirement for this nutrient.1 Consequently, supplemental magnesium may be a good choice! Try Nature Made Magnesium 250 mg softgel.
Without a doubt, supporting energy levels is key when it comes to making the most of your day. If you feel that supplements could be useful for you, be sure to talk to your healthcare professional!
‡Vitamin B12 help support cellular energy production in the body.†
1. Fulgoni et al. Food, Fortificants, and Supplements: Where Do Americans Get Their Nutrients? J Nutr. 2011; 141:1847-54.
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A Guide to the B Vitamins
There are so many B vitamins it can be easy to forget what each one is for. We have put together a friendly little guide to let you know what each B vitamin does for you and why they are essential to ensuring your health and energy level.
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