Supplements sometimes get a bad rap. A lot of people think that they are nothing more than ‘expensive pee,’ but the fact is that there are many supplements which can have immense benefits for the average person. The trouble is separating the effective ones from the duds. Although there is no way I could possible go through the thousands of supplements available, I have been able to identify some supplements that really do make a difference to anyone who is trying to live a healthy lifestyle. Check them out:
A meta-analysis conducted in 2008 found that Vitamin D was able to decrease overall mortality, which means it is certainly worth considering taking a good supplement if you want to live longer. Vitamin D has also been shown to help with the symptoms of depression, cut the chances of catching the flu for children and seniors and improve overall bone health.
Probiotics are popular with the healthy living crowd right now, and it is with very good reason, too. A good probiotic supplement will help to keep up the levels of good bacteria in the body, and since it is this bacteria which is responsible for regulating our health, this is very important. Some of the things that probiotics have been found useful in treating diarrhea (especially following antibiotics), irritable bowel syndrome and possibly even obesity. However, you should always check with a professional before trying them as they are often only useful in very specific circumstances.
Omega-3 oils are packed with fatty acids, which contain DHA – a substance important for the proper functioning of the brain. There is a debate raging about krill oil vs fish oil, but I think that it is much better to take fish oil or flaxseed oil (if you are vegan) if you want to improve your memory, increase concentration and take care of your eyes as you age (amongst other things) because to date, they have been more rigorously tested than krill, which basically has the exact same benefits.
If you have a cold, instead of reaching for the Vitamin C, try zinc instead, A mineral that is vital in various processes involving cellular metabolism, there is compelling evidence to suggest that zinc may be able to interfere with the microbes’ that cause colds ability to reproduce, which will help you to beat the condition and feel better much more quickly.
Niacin, or Vitamin B3 as it is more commonly called, has a reputation as being a miracle cure for a number of conditions, including diabetes, high cholesterol levels and even Alzheimer’s, but you would need a huge dose for it to have any effect in these circumstances. However, you should not write it off completely because Niacin supplements have found to benefit people suffering from heart disease with a 2010 review finding that taking it daily can cut the risk of heart attack and stroke in people who have heart disease, cutting their risk of death considerably.
If you would like to try out any of these supplements, you should always check with your doctor first and purchase from a reliable source.