Eating a healthy, balanced diet is the best way to get adequate amounts of vitamins and minerals. However, because of lifestyle-related factors or certain health conditions, some individuals may need to consult their doctor about taking supplements.
There are a variety of supplements, which when combined with a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle, can promote overall health and wellness.
For Immune Support
- Vitamin D and Zinc help optimize the immune system to fight viral infections such as COVID 19, and lower the risk of developing severe illness.
- Vitamin C supports the production of antibodies that help shorten the course of infections such as the common cold.
- Beta glucans help regulate the immune system in destroying disease-causing pathogens.
- Acai berry is rich in anthocyanins that help boost immunity and lower inflammation in the body.
- Turmeric contains curcumin, which helps activate immune cells such as T cells and B cells thus improving overall immune function.
For Liver Health
- Silymarin and Phospholipids have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that can help protect liver cells.
- Glutathione helps to reduce liver cell damage.
For Sleep Enhancers
- Some people who have trouble sleeping have low levels of melatonin. Melatonin is a naturally-occurring hormone that plays a role in sleep. Its production and release in the brain is connected to the time of day – increasing when it’s dark and decreasing when it’s light.
- Teas extracted from natural plants such as chamomile, lavender and mint are caffeine-free and can have a calming effect that promotes sleep.
For Eye Health
- Blueberry, bilberry, raspberry, and strawberry are rich in antioxidant and have anti-inflammatory properties that prevent eye cell damage, strengthen blood circulation and lower blood sugar levels. These berries help slow the progression of retinopathy, a diabetes complication that can result to permanent blindness.
- Lutein and zeaxanthin act as a natural sunblock by absorbing excess light energy and protecting your eyes from harmful blue light.
- Alpha lipoic acid (ALA) is an antioxidant that has potential benefits for late-stage age-related macular degeneration as well as other eye diseases.
For Heart Health
- Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil help lower levels of artery-clogging cholesterol and triglycerides, which reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke.
- Xanthones and xanthone derivatives have been shown to help prevent hypertension and cardiovascular disease.
- CoQ10 helps improve heart-related conditions such as hypertension by neutralizing free radicals, increasing the production of energy in cells, and preventing the formation of blood clots.
- Lycopene is a potent antioxidant that helps lower cholesterol and reduce your risk for heart disease.
Consult your doctor on whether supplements are right for you.
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References: https://www.eufic.org/en/healthy-living/article/food-supplements-who-needs-them-and-when. Accessed 23 September 2021 https://www.pennmedicine.org/updates/blogs/health-and-wellness/2020/february/the-truth-about-supplements. Accessed 23 September 2021 Supplements Finder – Excel spreadsheet provided by Watsons