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7 Essential Supplements Everyone Should Consider Adding to Their Diet

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While having a complete diet will provide us with most of the vitamins and nutrients we need, the truth is that many of us don’t know what a complete diet means. This leads to many of us suffering from all sorts of vitamin deficiencies, some we may not even be aware of. However, with proper supplementation, most of these deficiencies can easily be avoided. Here are seven essential supplements everyone should consider adding to their diet.

Multivitamins

A lot of doctors and nutritionists may advocate against multivitamins, but many of us rely way too much on heavily processed foods. Others just don’t have the time or luxury to have a diverse diet and limit themselves to only a few food groups. If you think that’s your case, then adding a multivitamin can be a great way to prevent deficiencies.

However, not all multivitamins are created equal and there are some essential vitamins you should be looking for when picking one. Look for a multivitamin with a healthy dose of vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, and vitamin C. You should also look for vitamin B2, B6, B1 and B12, which can all improve your immune function as well as boost your energy levels.

But if you feel like you have a complete diet and might not need multivitamins, chances are you still need some vitamin D. Most people living in cold climates suffer from vitamin D deficiencies during the winter due to low exposure to sunlight. Vitamin D is hardly found through food sources, and your body produces it naturally through sun exposure. So, if you’re going to take one vitamin, make sure it’s vitamin D.

Omega 3 Supplement

Omega 3s have tons of great benefits and everyone should add Omega 3 supplements of some sort into their diet. In addition to supporting immune function and improving heart health, Omega 3s can also help with mental health. Omega 3s have been shown to reduce anxiety and depression symptoms and could even improve brain development in unborn children during pregnancy.

Omega 3s have also been shown to reduce the risk of children developing ADHD. In one study, it was shown that children suffering from the condition had Omega 3 levels much lower than their peers. Studies have also shown that Omega 3s could reduce symptoms like hyperactivity, aggression, restlessness and impulsiveness.

However, if you want to get all the benefits of Omega 3 oils, you have to make sure that you pick a supplement that contains long chained fatty acids. Companies like Immunocorp have Omega 3 supplements made from calanus oil, which is one of the most easily absorbable forms of Omega 3s. If you want to view a wide range of supplements, you can check out their site at immunocorp.com to see if there’s any that you feel would benefit you.  

Magnesium

Few people know this, but over 80% of adults today are suffering from a magnesium deficiency. This is particularly alarming considering the importance of this mineral in our bodily functions. Magnesium plays a central role in cell and bone production, nerve transmission, energy production, and muscle contraction. Magnesium could also help you cope with asthma symptoms, muscle cramps and headaches, as well as reducing the chance of developing heart disease or osteoporosis.

Probiotics

Probiotics are becoming increasingly popular and have tons of benefits. While we usually want to stay away from bacteria, our gut thrives on it and needs some good bacteria to function properly. Probiotics will provide you with the kind of bacteria your digestive tract needs to stay balanced. But the digestive tract is also the seat of our immune system, so adding a probiotic supplement to your diet could improve its function as well.

Turmeric

Turmeric is much more than a delicious addition to sauces and curries. Turmeric has been used for centuries in ancient medicine to fight inflammation. Turmeric can now be easily found in supplement form if you don’t want to add it to your recipes. What makes turmeric so powerful at preventing inflammation is curcuma, the phytochemical that gives it its bright orange color. Not only does turmeric have great anti-inflammatory properties, but could also decrease the risk of diabetes, heart disease, strokes and chronic fatigue.

L-Glutamine

L-Glutamine has been used by bodybuilders for years for its muscle building properties, but everyone can benefit from adding a little bit of this essential amino acid into their diet. Not only does it help maintain muscle mass, but it can also boost your immune function, energy restoration, and help to maintain a healthy metabolism.

For those who are involved in heavy physical activity, L-Glutamine will help with recovery. It can also help people who are in a cutting period to lose weight without losing muscle.

If you want to be able to perform on all cylinders, prevent diseases and improve your overall health, then we strongly suggest you add one, or all of these supplements to your diet today.

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Olivia is psychologist and entrepreneur from Brisbane. Mother of two beautiful children and proud owner of two silly boxer dogs. She is passionate writer, a traveler and conscious consumer, seeking healthy and sustainable products to incorporate into the lives of her family. Her motto is “Be the change you want to see in the world”.

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