Supplements for Good Health – How to Choose Smart?
There is no “healthy pill for everything and everyone”. Supplements can help a lot in maintaining a good immune system, still should be selected very individually, as any other medication. But the next 5 supplements work absolutely for everyone and really help to support all systems of the body. Let’s go!
1. Vitamin D
It plays a key role in maintaining health, as it is involved in almost all processes of our body! It improves physical and mental health and work of the muscular system, condition of bones and joints, supports the cardiovascular system, and also prevents tumors and cancer.
It slows down aging, helps to activate the processes of autophagy in the cells of your body. Professor Yoshinori Ohsumi was given a Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2016 for research of the processes of autophagy in the body.
Vitamin D promotes activation of telomerase, which in turn can restore the end parts of DNA telomeres – thereby slowing down aging. It also prevents the development of senile diseases. Vitamin D in supplements is available in D2 and D3 form. The latter one is easier to absorb.
Who may need most: elderly people, people in Northern countries.
2. Omega 3
Omega-3 fatty acids are important nutrients that help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, inflammatory diseases, memory loss and depression. Omega-3 plays a big role in reducing depression and an alleviating anxiety in women, but unfortunately the modern diet is not able to meet the need of the female body in these important nutrients. The daily diet of a modern woman often consists mainly of factory-processed food and a large amount of carbohydrates. Omega-3 can be obtained from natural sources as fatty fish (salmon, sardines, mackerel) or supplements available in different tastes.
Who may need most: most adults (especially women), elderly people with heart disorders.
Probiotics is a class of microorganisms that normalize the intestinal microflora, strengthen human immune system, help in digestion, produce essential nutrients (such as B vitamins and vitamin K), reduce the growth of pathogenic bacteria as well as yeast, and help with normal healthy digestion process, alleviate mood swings and make the immune system stronger.
Who may need most: sufferers with bad digestions, people who take antibiotics.
4. B-Complex Vitamin
B vitamins is a class of eight water-soluble vitamins, which work as important “multitaskers” in the body and help turning our food into fuel for the body. B vitamins prevent heart disease, Alzheimer’s, mood as well as cognitive function problems; they also reduce anxiety and keep the mood stable. Since it boosts energy in the body, it is better to take it at breakfast.
Who may need most: elderly people, vegans/vegetarians.
This mineral has an aseptic and vasodilating action. Magnesium influences peristalsis of the intestine, bile and cholesterol excretion, reduces neuromuscular excitability. Magnesium is involved in protein synthesis. Along with the above, the role of magnesium in the human body is to provide an alkaline effect on organs and tissues. This element stabilizes the bone structure and makes them strong.
Who may need most: elderly people, women with PMS.
Before taking any new supplements, always consult your health care for its relevance and proper dosing.