While we believe that getting most of your nutrients from food is a priority, sometimes supplements are necessary. Unfortunately, there are just some all-too-common nutrients that we simply don't get enough of. And they're absolutely critical to optimal health and wellness. Especially as we age.
We’ve sifted through the supplements that are available on the market and boiled them down to three that can have the best effect for us.
If you live in North America chances are you are low in vitamin D. It's the “sunshine vitamin” and we just aren't able to be outside every day of the year.
Vitamin D is very important for everyone but especially women over 45. It helps to protect our bones! Vitamin D helps our body absorb and keep the calcium we get from our food and drinks. And we all know that calcium is one of the main things our bones are made of.
Magnesium is an essential mineral needed for over 300 reactions in your body. Yes, 300! As with vitamin D it's very common for us to simply not get enough. Not even the 320 mg per day that's recommended. Low levels of magnesium have been linked to high blood pressure, diabetes, low bone density, and even migraines.
Magnesium is found in so many healthy whole foods like beans, nuts, seeds and green leafy vegetables. In fact, the magnesium element is central to a plant's chlorophyll – it's actually what causes green plants to be green! And most of us just don't get enough green plants into our bodies on a regular basis.
We've all heard that we need to get more omega-3 essential fatty acids, right? They're good for our hearts, brains, skin, and help to reduce inflammation.
These are all good things when it comes to our health and wellness.
But not all of us are ready, willing, and able to eat fish three times per week.
While fish oil supplements contain the “brain healthy” fats called EPA and DHA, those two are not technically the “essential” fats. The plant omega-3 known as ALA is essential and that is because our bodies can convert ALA into EPA and DHA when necessary.
Omega-3 supplements can be found in forms of flax oil, algae oil, fish oil, or even fish liver oil.Always read the supplement labels to see if there are warnings that would make them inappropriate for you. And, of course if you have any medical conditions or take medications or other supplements it's always a good idea to speak with your doctor before starting anything new.
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