Thursday, March 8, 2018

Supplements: Where To Start?

Time and time again people will ask the question, “Which supplements should I take?” As easy as it would be for me to start naming off a ton of different products, that is not how I like to do things. We get a lot of people in our store that have never taken a vitamin in their life, nor do they know where to start. It can sometimes be a little overwhelming and confusing, but, I am here to help ease your mind and frustration.

To start off, when talking about supplements I put a lot of emphasis on quality because there are some companies that outsource their raw ingredients from China, not to mention synthetic ingredients can affect the absorption of their natural counterpart. Remember the ol' saying, “You get what you pay for.” The vitamins you get at a pharmacy, grocery store or, God forbid, the dollar store, are not going to be as good of quality, and don't work as well compared to the products you get from a reputable health food store.

I always begin with an all natural multi-vitamin. A good quality multi-vitamin is going to give you all of the basic nutrients and minerals that each and every one of us needs. It's an essential foundation.

Next would be Vitamin C. Vitamin C is very important for your immune systems. It will help to keep you from getting sick–catching a cold or flu–and will lower histamine levels along with quercetin to reduce allergies.

Taking a B-Complex can be a great support for your health. B vitamins help us with energy, stamina, reduces stress, supports healthy nervous system, better cognitive function, increases red blood cell and blood flow.

Omega-3 fatty acids are also essential to your health. Cold water fish oil with high amounts of EPA and DHA have been shown in scientific studies to reduce heart disease by as much as 45%. Omega-3 fish oil also will lower LDL and triglycerides, reduces inflammation and pain, regulates blood pressure and can also help with memory and cognitive function.

Last but not least, D3. Vitamin D3 boosts your immune system, helps with calcium absorption for stronger bones, promotes healthy pregnancy, infant growth, and has been shown to even help with type 2 diabetes by regulating insulin and glucose.

Until next time, stay healthy, and God bless.

by Matt Connor

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