5 Supplements That Can
Super-Charge Your Health
By Kari Oakley
Even if you're eating tons of fruits and veggies, it's extremely difficult to get all the vitamins and minerals you need every day. Sadly, due to modern agricultural practices, the world's soils have been depleted of essential minerals. On top of that, the high-stress nature of modern life depletes of even more nutrients.
Given all these challenges, it's no wonder the supplements market has skyrocketed in recent years. Adding a few daily supplements to your regime can do wonders for your well being. Let's go over a few of the most common supplements and explore how they can improve your quality of life.
1. Fish Oil Capsules
Omega-3 fatty acids, which are found mostly in oily fish and certain seeds & nuts, are all the rage in the health food industry. Many recent studies have found that people who consume more omega-3 fatty acids have enhanced cognitive, cardiovascular, and visual health. These anti-inflammatory acids have also been linked with reduced joint pain, improved mood, and even clearer skin.
If you don't often eat fish like wild-caught salmon or sardines, you might want to consider boosting your omega-3 levels by taking a fish oil capsule every morning. After a few weeks, you should notice a big improvement in your health and vitality.
One popular "superfood" in the health food market nowadays is an algae known as chlorella. Found in great abundance near Japan and Taiwan, this green power-food has been touted for its ability to help the body naturally detoxify harmful substances, boost immunity, and even fight cancer cells.
Some of the other major chlorella benefits include its ability to balance hormone levels, lower bad cholesterol, and even help you shed a few extra pounds. If you don't like the taste of chlorella tablets, consider masking the flavor with other fruits in a morning smoothie.
Let's face it: we're all under a great deal of stress today. One of the easiest ways to help increase your resistance to the "slings and arrows" of 21st century life is to take an adaptogenic herb like ashwagandha.
The word "adaptogen" simply refers to an herb's ability to help your body "adapt" to stress. Ashwagandha, which is an herb native to India, happens to be one of the oldest and most commonly prescribed adaptogens. Studies have shown that people who take ashwagandha regularly experience improved concentration, better sleep, and have less of the fight-or-flight hormone cortisol in their bloodstreams.
4. Aloe Vera
When we think of aloe vera, we tend to only focus on this plant's ability to heal skin conditions like burns or eczema. Interestingly, people have been using the inner gel of this plant since Egyptian times to heal many digestive issues.
Even if you don't have digestive problems like irritable bowel syndrome or ulcers, you could still benefit from taking an aloe vera capsule every day. Aloe vera is rich in antioxidants, enzymes, and vitamins.
Just be sure to buy aloe vera capsules that are latex-free. Latex is the part of the aloe vera plant that's used as a laxative and it can be damaging if taken for an extended period of time.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar
Used for thousands of years for a wide variety of conditions, apple cider vinegar (ACV) is a great supplement to supercharge your health. Due to its acidic nature, ACV is often taken about 15 minutes before meals to help naturally boost stomach acid. This will ensure your body is able to extract all the nutrients it can from the food you're eating and reduces the risk of heartburn and indigestion.
Some people claim ACV also helps increase energy levels, reduce inflammation, and speed up weight loss. It's best to take ACV in capsule form because it will protect your teeth from wear-and-tear.
As you add some of these supplements into your life, you'll be amazed at how wonderful you feel. Hopefully this list has inspired you to take personal responsibility for your health by incorporating more supplements into your diet.