Walking through the health supplements aisle for the first or fiftieth time can be confusing and overwhelming. Even if you eat a healthy diet it can be difficult to get the recommended daily amount of some nutrients. Investing in a strong nutritional foundation supported with quality supplements is part of a preventative medicine plan to stay healthy and vibrant. Following are the top three supplements worth your hard earned dollars for daily support of your health and wellness:
Number 1: A good multivitamin with minerals: The purpose of the multi-vitamin/multi-mineral supplement is to protect our bodies from everyday wear and tear and to help support our metabolism. Ideally, we are getting much of what we need from food that is varied in its selection of vegetables, grains, beans, nuts and lean meats. When making a multivitamin selection, look for vitamins A, D, K and E as well as folate and the trace minerals such as zinc, selenium and chromium.
Number 2: Probiotics are another good foundation supplement. Ever heard the saying, ‘Constipation is illegal’? For so many reasons this is true. A good probiotic (emphasis on good) muscles out the bad bacteria and in doing so improves bowel movements and aids in digestion. Look for a probiotic drink, pill or even yogurt high in probiotics. Good gut bacteria can help us lose weight, decrease pain associated with inflammation as well as makes some nutrients and vitamins that we need.
Number 3: A supplement high in omega-3 fatty acids: This includes fish oil, green mussel oil extracts, calamari oils and plant-based sources. Many benefits such as improved heart health, thinking and memory can be received from eating two serving of fish per week. But for some, taking the supplement is easier and more convenient. Also, studies indicate a decrease in inflammation related to arthritic pain and asthma in some individuals. Store your omega-3 fatty acid supplement in the fridge or freezer to keep them from turning rancid.
Before taking any supplement you should check with your physician. Take all supplements with food to increase absorption and decrease risk of upset stomach. Also, buy from a trusted source.
Remember, the best way to supplement is with food that includes a rainbow selection of vegetables, lean meats and healthy fats.
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Dr. Smith is the founder of Smith Wellness Solutions a functional medicine clinic. Dr. Smith develops personalized, patient specific treatment protocols designed to reverse, stop or prevent the disease and its related symptoms. Besides conventional medical training as a medical doctor, Dr. Smith holds two fellowships in integrative medicine from the prestigious University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and the Metabolic Medicine Institute in Anti-aging, regenerative and functional medicine.