Health supplements have been around for years. You may have memories spanning back as far as childhood, as your mother lay that vitamin C tablet before you at the breakfast table. Maybe you pay close attention to your nutritional intake and for certain recommended daily nutrients to be met you’d have to eat a tree full of fruit – sometimes it’s just not practical. Vitamins can also be important to people such as vegans, whose diets may lack some of the nutrients common in meat or dairy.
It’s important to bear in mind that supplements are never a substitute for food and the natural nutrients you receive from them. Sometimes supplements are vital due to a biological reason or disorder, in which case supplements could even be prescribed.
Whether for health concerns or for general wellbeing, here are a few supplements to consider for daily use.
A multivitamin is a great all-round supplement. Aim to find a reliable brand of vitamin that includes vitamin E, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, and vitamin D.
Multivitamins are not designed to give you a ‘boost’ or make you feel stronger, healthier and full of energy. A multivitamin is a means of ensuring that you are receiving a range of nutrients that your body requires. It’s a form of maintenance for your body.
Think of a car. You need to change the oil regularly and top it up with fresh, clean oil. Your car won’t necessarily perform better afterward, in a noticeable way, but you know that it’s healthy for the engine and the long-term health of your vehicle.
Omega 3 is an essential fatty acid that your body requires. It is a supplement that can also help you to lose weight. It is known to increase metabolism, lower blood pressure and help with brain function. Fish oils are a popular source of Omega 3.
It is recommended to take at least 6g of Omega 3 per day, as this is a supplement that performs best in higher dosages.
This is a nutrient highly lacking in most modern diets. Magnesium aids both sleep and recovery and the lack of sufficient magnesium can cause or aggravate anxiety, depression, fatigue, insomnia and memory loss.
Magnesium supplements can be especially beneficial to pregnant women and should be taken in daily doses of 300-400mg. Be careful not to take too high a quantity of magnesium can cause nausea, diarrhoea and other side effects.
It is also recommended that you take these in the evenings. Magnesium is also commonly known to benefit bones and teeth.