It’s Up to You
Supplements often get a bad rap and there is contradictory evidence on their benefits, but one thing is absolutely clear: your body is unique and your nutritional intake is personally tailored. Plus, your environment matters: is it always sunny in Sarasota? Cloudy in Clevleand, freezing in Fargo, smokey in Sausalito?
Is a fondness for supplements a western thing?
Not really. Look at Japan, whose residents have the longest lifespans on the planet (excluding Monaco!): Japanese plump for the same variety of supplements we do, with weight loss pills even at the top of the list (that’s a surprise).
Some supplements you certainly will not need, others could have short or long term benefits. We try to break it down and select the best in each category.
Yes, we get to the ones you want – immunity and weight loss : )
Here are 9 to Consider
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VITAMIN C, the super-duper-all-rounder
Long heralded, much overlooked, widely believed to either prevent or shorten duration of an illness. it should be in your diet anyway – citrus fruits, peppers, strawberries, leafy veggies etc. It can help prevent and shorten illness in part thanks to its antimicrobial properties and the way it supports immune cells
If you eat right, you don’t need a supplement.
If you fall short sometimes and want some in reserve, take these.
Vitamin C and Bio-Quentin Phytosome is a high-potency vitamin C supplement with an ultra-absorbable form of quercetin, encased in a plant-derived phytosome delivery system. Vitamin C supports immune health, collagen production, a healthy cardiovascular system and more. Quercetin is a flavonoid that complements vitamin C’s health benefits.
Vitamin C and Bio-Quercetin Phytosome Benefits
- Protects against oxidation with 1,000 mg of vitamin C
- Encourages healthy immune system function with ultra-absorbable Bio-Quercetin
- Promotes collagen formation and healthy iron uptake
- Supports cardiovascular health
You’re Just a Bag of Bones
Ever Notice that Aunts Annie, Agatha and Adele all broke their hips but all the uncles are still upright?
Calcium is an essential nutrient for bone health and this is critically important for women, especially after 30 (and childbirth and menopause) when women’s bone mass naturally shrinks.
Women are four times more susceptible to osteoporosis than men, so getting enough is essential for lifelong bone health. If you’re biologically or politically allergic to dairy, which is one of the best calcium sources, you can still get your daily dose (about 1,000 mg) through dairy substitutes like soy milk, and foods like salmon and sardines. Women ages 50 and younger should consider a daily calcium supplement of at least 500 milligrams and eat calcium-rich foods such as milk, cheeses and other dairy foods and fortified products.
Again: if you don’t need it, don’t take it, but women should be particularly mindful.
If you do need it, the best option is a basic one,
Why Did you Move to Seattle?
D3 often goes together with Calcium, but in this case its best to combine the separate supplements. It is found in fortified cereals and fish, but your skin can create ample amounts of it in response to sunlight exposure.
If your diet is lacking and you’re sucking cocoa in Anchorage or Caramel Lattes in Seattle, you can experience bone and muscle weakness – and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) – depression.
Vitamin D helps preserve youthful cognitive function, supports bone and immune system health, helps maintain already-healthy blood pressure, encourages a healthy inflammatory response and promotes endothelial function.
Vitamin D3 Benefits
- Helps maintain youthful, healthy cognitive function
- Supports bone health & immune system function
- Promotes cardiovascular & endothelial health
- Helps maintain blood pressure already within the normal range
Don’t be a Prune!
Collagen is that tie that binds – it holds skin cells together.
When taken orally, your body breaks down collagen into its fundamental parts — amino acids — and circulates them in the blood stream. This may prompt new collagen production in the skin, effectively improving signs of aging.
Brick by Brick
Collagen is an indispensable building material for the construction of our bodies, and it’s used to provide shape and structure. There are many types of collagen, and each has different properties. Type I collagen is stronger than steel by weight, type II acts as springs for shock absorption, and type III is used in hollow structures such as the bladder.
Normal dietary collagen needs to be broken down into peptides (by digestive processes) before it can be absorbed in the gut, and this means the type of collagen you eat makes no difference to its nutritional value. The collagen peptides in Collagen Complex are already beneficially ‘broken down’ (hydrolyzed) and are readily available for the body to use.
Supports Healthy Skin, Bones and Joints
Studies have shown that dietary collagen can support the skin’s natural structure and firmness, reducing the new appearance of visible fine lines and wrinkles. It also supports the repair of everyday skin damage. Structurally, collagen is key to both the strength of bones and the suppleness of joints. Collagen also makes up a significant proportion of muscle mass and the internal organs. Supplementing collagen peptides can support the body’s natural production of collagen throughout the body.
I didn’t say you have to move to Florida!
Lutein is an antioxidant that concentrates in the eyes to help protect them against free radical destruction and blindness in older women. Lutein is found in dark-green leafy vegetables (such as spinach) as well as in various fruits, corn and egg yolks. It is also found in the skin and may help protect against the sun’s damaging light.
- Women with a family history of age-related macular degeneration
- Women who are exposed to direct sunlight and pollutants regularly.
This Lutein supplement is a formula contains two key ingredients lutein and zeaxanthin, two pigments that are naturally used by the eyes to help shield from harmful, high-energy light.
Lutein – Lutein helps to support the natural protection of the eye from light exposure. Lutein aids in absorbing high-energy light rays while shielding the eyeball.
Zeaxanthin – Zeaxanthin helps shield the retina from light damage and supports the visual system. Zeaxanthin is closely related to the other key ingredient, Lutein.
You can order it here,
It’s Just a Gut Feeling
As this article also explains, probiotics are a serious ally in promoting gut health. They constitute the good bacteria
Probiotics are the good bacteria that line your digestive tract and support your body’s ability to absorb nutrients and fight infection. There are 10 times more probiotics in your gut than cells in the rest of your body.
So why did you need a supplement?
Because you may tire of your Uncle’s pickled herring and fermented cheeses. This is easier,
If you don’t want to buy a toupee!
A deficiency in biotin can cause patients to develop brittle nails and thinning hair. If you’re concerned about that, you should take a conventional B12 multivitamin anyway and an added supplement like this one,
Folexin is a dietary supplement designed to support thick, strong and healthy hair. Folexin not only supports the natural hair growth process, but it also helps support skin health and overall hair health.
Folexin includes vitamins, minerals, and herbal extract natural ingredients and is used to support healthy hair. Some of the key ingredients in Folexin include:
- Antioxidants – Vitamins C & E can support the body’s supply of antioxidants to fight oxidation. Vitamin C helps with iron absorption, which is important for hair health.
- Biotin – Biotin works with sulfur in the body to play a role in supporting the hair growth cycle.
- Fo-Ti – Traditional Chinese wisdom considers Fo-ti as an anti-aging herb to support general health and anti-aging.
- Vitamin D3 – Vitamin D is involved in the ‘anagen’ phase of hair growth, meaning it is needed to start the hair growth cycle.
You can pick up a supply here
Finally, the 2 everyone wants: immunity and weight loss. These are the most popular and the most scientifically sketchy, but of the bums here are the top ones:
The immune system is hugely complicated. It fights off an unbelievable number of offensive bacteria, fungi and viruses every day, as well as being responsible for the clean-up of dead or damaged cells throughout the body.
Immune Support aims to provide a wide range of nutrients, vitamins and botanical extracts to support a healthy immune system in as many ways as possible.
Get it here,
Herbals and Advanced Extracts From East and West
Green tea is widely consumed for its powerful antioxidant properties. It also has other specific benefits in support of the immune system. Graviola is a large spiky fruit from the Americas, and its leaves possess properties that when taken as a dietary supplement can also support a healthy immune system. Panax ginseng, Olive leaf, Cat’s Claw, Grape Seed, Pine Bark and Pomegranate make this formula truly international.
You can find it here,
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GREEN COFFEE PLUS
Following a surge of rave reviews by health TV personalities, green coffee bean extract became a popular supplement option for weight loss.
Green Coffee Plus contains a key compound called chlorogenic acid (CGA), which studies found may support for weight loss. The high proportion of CGA in Green Coffee Plus makes it one of the most potent forms of green coffee extract on the market.
It’s genuinely popular and may well do wonders. Try it here
We have not discussed Omega 3, Folate and a few others. Stay tuned