Dietary supplements are an affordable and effective way to ensure you and your loved ones are getting the daily recommended intake of essential vitamins, minerals and other important nutrients necessary for optimal health.
Even the most conscientious consumers find it difficult to get all the nutrients they need from food alone. While dietary improvement is a desirable goal, changing dietary patterns is extremely difficult. On
the assumption that it is better for people to obtain recommended amounts of vitamins and minerals than to limp along with low intakes, a multivitamin is an effective way to fill a number of known nutrient gaps.
Here is my list of best supplements for health
- Vitamin A, C & E for Skin Health – Vitamin A, C & E has beta-carotene and zinc which can help in keeping your skin healthy and youthful. Foods rich in Vitamin A are cod-liver oil, sweet potato, spinach, broccoli, tomato and dried apricots.
- Vitamin B for Energy and Handling Stress – Vitamin B are important for your metabolism, supports cellular processes, growth and energy expenditure, preventing fatigue and boosting cognitive functions. Foods rich in Vitamin B are eggs, milk, cheese, brown rice and almonds.
- Vitamin D and Calcium – They help in building bone health, along with lowering the risk of heart disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and cancer. Foods rich in calcium are cheese, milk and yoghurt, tofu, figs, whole eggs, leafy greens such as spinach. Vitamin D3 is produced naturally in the skin when it is exposed to sunlight, hence its nickname the ‘Sunshine Vitamin’.
- Omega 3 Fatty Acids – These are used to reduce inflammation. They help in keeping your immune system strong, keep joints in good condition, keeps the brain sharp and heart healthy. Foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids are chia seeds, walnuts, flaxseeds and brussels sprouts.
- Antioxidants for Eye Health – A number of antioxidants, including Vitamin A, Vitamin C, lutein, and zeaxanthin, can help to protect your vision and eyes as you age. Foods rich in antioxidants are dark chocolate, blueberries, strawberries and raspberries.
- Probiotics for Gut/Digestive Support – Probiotics are bacteria that line your digestive tract and support your body’s ability to absorb nutrients and fight infection. Foods rich in probiotics are yogurt, kimchi and pickles.
At the end of the day, supplements should be considered bonus boosters, not replacements for food. And majority of experts we spoke to agree: A double-decker with a morning multi just won’t cut it.