Do you believe in vitamin supplementation? If you do, are you wondering which ones you should be spending your money on? Today’s guest blogger, Jefferey Morgan, shares with us a list of 6 supplements he considers the most important.
What do we need to do to stay young, feel energized and live longer? Specialists say that the recipe for a healthy body depends on three main factors: nutrition, regular exercise and vitamin supplementation. Unfortunately, very few people consider the last factor important.
Believe it or not, the body can’t absorb all necessary vitamins and nutrients from food only. Supplements are needed, yet it’s important to know exactly what the system lacks and not start popping pills at random. Here’s a list with several essential vitamins and supplements that are known to increase longevity.
ALA (alpha lipoic acid)
Alpha lipoic acid is a compound that occurs naturally inside the body. It has a vital role in the function of one’s cellular level (energy production for example), and as long as the body is healthy, it can produce enough ALA. However, when the body can’t produce enough ALA you are advised to take supplements. Specialists are claiming that alpha lipoic acid can treat conditions like diabetes and it might even help people lose weight.
Calcium is a mineral found in abundant amounts in the bones and teeth. Natural sources of calcium are dairy products, orange juice, spinach, kale, and we must admit that the compound is vital for the general health of our system. In the US, more than 10 million people suffer from osteoporosis, a condition that affects the bones. That’s because very few pay attention to how important calcium can be for their general well-being.
Also known as folic acid or vitamin B-12, folate is has a vital role in numerous functions of the body, including DNA synthesis, cell repair & maintenance, amino-acid metabolism, and the configuration of erythrocytes and leukocytes. Folate prevents various cancers such as color cancer, obesity, and heart diseases. Furthermore, it may also help with fatal development, red blood cell production, and depression; some sources say folate keeps the brain young.
Used for its astounding antioxidant power, Gingko is a tree and that can be found in nature. The leaves of the tree are used to produce extracts, and those extracts have been used in alternative medicine for decades under the form of vitamin supplements. Studies have shown that Gingko Biloba is used to treat memory disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, headaches, memory loss, as well as numerous other health conditions like mood disturbance, hearing problems, mood swings and more.
Omega-3 fatty acids
The body needs omega-3s are essential fatty acids to function properly. Considering these acids (EPA, DHA, and APA) are not produced inside the body, it’s important to include them into our daily diet through other sources such as food and supplementation. The benefits of Omega-3s are numerous, and some specialists have managed to convince us that they can increase longevity. Omega-3s reduce inflammation in the joints and arteries, they can help us lose weight and keep it off, and they’re excellent in preventing more serious health conditions such as coronary heart disease, autism, type 2 diabetes, peripheral arterial disease, and more. Some natural sources of omega-3 fatty acids: cod liver, coldwater fish, walnuts, tofu, salmon, and sardines.
Magnesium is a mineral and it’s vital for the health because it is involved in over 300 biochemical reactions inside the body. Various health benefits of the mineral include diffusion of nerve impulses, detoxification, body temperature regulation, and energy production. Women in particular, benefit greatly from including magnesium supplements into their diets because it helps them cope better with PMS (premenstrual syndrome); the mineral is known to prevent insomnia, hypertension, heart attack, kidney stone formation, and migraines. Excellent food sources of magnesium are fish, nuts, whole grains, and green leafy vegetables, among others.
Including vitamins and minerals into your daily diet is vital if you want to keep your body healthy and away from damaging toxins and deficiencies. However, some vitamins and minerals cannot be taken in sufficient amounts from food, so supplementation is required. Calcium, omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium, and others are important compounds that the system needs to operate properly.
Without these your immune system will be weakened, and you’ll be more prone to developing severe health conditions. Although most supplements can be taken without a prescription, you are still advised to consulting with a nutritionist or physician before starting a treatment.
About the Author
The article is authored by a regular writer and blogger Jefferey Morgan. He basically writes on health and fitness related issues and has a great knowledge on the related niche. Apart he love to read books at his free time.
There are two vitamin supplements I take on a regular basis that aren’t on this list: vitamin D (during the winter months) and a good multi-vitamin. Which supplements do you take?