The right regimen of vitamins, minerals and supplements can help fill inevitable nutrient gaps and support overall health. With so many supplements to choose from, here is a list of the top five supplements to create a powerful core routine for a healthy lifestyle
Even healthy diets contain nutrient gaps. Thankfully, you can count on a daily multivitamin to help fill in those gaps and provide your body with some valuable nutritional insurance. Gender and age-specific formulas make the right multivitamin choice for your specific needs even easier.
2) Fish Oil
If oily/fatty fish like salmon and anchovies are not a part of your regular diet at least twice a week, then it may be worthwhile to supplement with fish oil—a rich, natural source of the essential omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA. EPA and DHA are necessary for maintaining healthy cell membranes and function in your body. Research has also shown that they are highly beneficial for your heart†.
3) Vitamin D
Vitamin D is an essential fat-soluble nutrient that has been shown to support bone, teeth, muscle and immune health†. Due to the limited food sources rich in vitamin D and the relatively small amount of year-round sun exposure, insufficient vitamin D levels are prevalent in the US population. A simple blood test can help you determine what your vitamin D level is and whether a supplement would be beneficial. At the next appointment with your health care professional, be sure to discuss your current vitamin D level and supplement needs.
The bones contain 99% of your body’s calcium and meeting the recommended level of calcium intake daily is critical for bone health now and as you age†. Milk, yogurt, green leafy vegetables and cheese are great sources of calcium, and approximately three servings a day are needed for you to meet the Recommended Dietary Allowance (1,000 mg to 1,200 mg for adults). This can be challenging for many individuals, therefore, a calcium supplement can help fill in this key nutrient gap.
Probiotics are live bacteria that help support a high functioning digestive system, which is important to your overall health. They are often referred to as “good” bacteria based on their beneficial activity in the body. Science also shows that probiotics play an important role in the immune system as well. They naturally exist in cultured or fermented foods such as yogurt and certain cheeses. Dietary supplements containing live probiotics are a way to support a healthy intestinal environment†.
Support your health by enjoying the benefits of essential nutrition from vitamins, minerals and supplements†. Consult with your health care professional to learn how these top five supplements can support the overall quality of your life.