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. Sometimes, taking dietary supplement to fill the 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 healthy energy production in the body. As coenzymes, they help the body convert the food you eat into energy. Without adequate amounts of the Bs, the complex processes that convert food into energy would not be successful. One of the more important B vitamins is B12. This is because B12 is a bit trickier compared to the other B vitamins when it comes to where it is found in the diet and how it is absorbed. While most of the B vitamins are obtained through a wide variety of foods, B12 is primarily supplied through animal meats and proteins. Thus, vegans and vegetarians may be at risk of low B12 levels based on their dietary practices. Additionally, B12 absorption is very complex and as we age, the body’s ability to effectively absorb B12 declines. Thankfully, Nature Made’s new Sublingual B-12 formulas offer a great way to ensure healthyB12 status. These tablets dissolve under the tongue and are ready to be absorbed before swallowing, making them a great option for those who may face B12 absorption challenges.
CoQ10– Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a powerful antioxidant produced by the body that is needed for energy production in the cell. Maintaining adequate CoQ10 levels is critical for maintaining a healthy supply of energy. Statin users are strongly encouraged to consider supplementing with CoQ10 since statin drugs may lower blood levels of this important nutrient.
Magnesium– Involved in hundreds of reactions in the body, this major mineral is also important when it comes to energy production. Specifically, the breakdown of carbohydrates and fats to produce energy requires the presence of magnesium. Although magnesium is abundant in the diet, national data reveals that many Americans are not meeting their daily requirement for this nutrient. Consequently, supplemental magnesium may be a good choice!
Without a doubt, maintaining a healthy energy level 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 primary care professional!