The Top 3 Most Important Supplements For Every Person
There are many factors including diet, exercise, and location that will dictate what supplements, vitamins, or minerals your body needs. We are all different and in order to define the best course of action for our bodies we tune in and listen to our bodies. Pay attention to your habits, feelings and surroundings. The following components are generally considered to be the most important and beneficial for everyone due to their immense benefits. Keep in mind you can implement these these via diet or supplements depending on what fits your situation.
+ FISH OIL
Most doctors and health sites state that fish oil is a no-brainer must have supplement. What makes fish oil special is that they are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids. For us, these acids must come from food because our bodies cannot fabricate them. Fish oil is known for maintaining heart health due to "good cholesterol." Fish oil is FDA approved to lower triglyceride levels among many other conditions mostly related to heart and blood systems. Fish oil is used to prevent heart disease, stroke, clogged arteries, chest pain, irregular heartbeat, heart failure, rapid heartbeat, blood clots, high blood pressure among other illnesses. Aside from benefiting your heart, fish oil is also used for many kidney-related problems and recognized as "brain food" as it can help fight depression, bipolar disorder, psychosis, Alzheimer's disease, migraines among other conditions. There many more benefits that users attribute to fish oil including dry eyes, stomach ulcers, complications associated with pregnancy, weight loss, and skin conditions.
Fish oil can be naturally obtained from eating fish. Fish that are known for being rich in the oils known as omega-3 fatty acids include herring, tuna, salmon, sardines and cod liver. If you don't eat fish or other seafood you can get omega-3's from ground flaxseed, flaxseed oil, chia seeds, walnuts and soy oil. When you purchase Fish Oil supplements do your research as the poor quality of some available fish oil supplements can outweigh the important health benefits.
+ VITAMIN D
Vitamin D may feel like a boring supplement because it has a more long-term effect. Though it is referred to as a vitamin it is actually considered a pro-hormone. It is commonly known as the sunshine vitamin as it is produced when our skin is exposed to the sunlight. Vitamin D allows calcium absorption and enables normal mineralization in our bones. Without sufficient vitamin D bones can become thin and brittle. This vitamin is known to prevent soft bones, rickets, osteoporosis, and other skeletal deformities and considered one of the top 3 most important because the amount of vitamin your skin makes depends on many factors including the time of the day, season, skin pigmentation...etc. Depending on where you live (winter) or work, your vitamin D production may be altered or completely absent. Most adults do not get regular exposure to the sunlight and that is why this supplement is highly recommended.
Your body naturally produces Vitamin D if it is exposed to the sunlight regularly. Unfortunately, Vitamin D is not found in many foods but you can find it in fortified milk, cereal, and other fatty fish.
Probiotics deserve their own blog post which will coming soon. But I will give you the short version for now. The official definition indicates that probiotics are "live microorganisms that when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit for the host. (1)" In other words probiotics are bacteria that may be able to help prevent and treat some diseases. Though bacteria is generally recognized as bad there is good bacteria as long as it is in the right place. There are many kinds and groups of bacteria including species and strains, but overall they are known for promoting a healthy digestive tract and immune system. The way probiotics work is that they balance good and bad bacteria in your body for optimal functioning. Probiotics have been linked to benefit against inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, helicobacter infections among other digestive conditions.
Probiotics can be found in many natural sources including yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, kombucha, apple cider vinegar, kimchi and many more. However, there are also probiotic supplements of different kinds, species and strains.
Consider your diet and evaluate if you need to make changes to include more fish oil, vitamin D, probiotics or other supplements. Take into account your diet and lifestyle to see if other vitamins and minerals make better sense for you. These vitamins and oils can be incorporated via diet and do not have to be via supplements unless your lifestyle implies you to. If you are anything like me you have a longer list of supplements that keep ya going from day to day, but these right here are a solid foundation for most everyone.
DISCLAIMER: This general information is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition or to replace your healthcare professional. Consult with your healthcare professional to design an appropriate diet and supplement prescription.