The two natural Supplements that I feel are most beneficial are vitamin D and omega-3 Fatty Acids.
Long chain omega 3 fats in certain fish oils have been proven to help fight against a range individual health issues. Two important forms of Omega 3s are EPA and DHA. These types are mostly found in fish. A plant and nut based form (ALA) can be found in nuts and seeds. Omega 3 Fatty Acids are necessary to support the body’s ability to fight disease and illness. These are essential fats that cannot be made naturally by the body, but are necessary to make healthy cells. Omega 3s have been shown to support a number of functions such as joint health, kidney, eye health, and normal cognitive function.
Osteoporosis, a disease affecting mainly women, is most often associated with a vitamin D deficiency. Higher storage levels of vitamin D will maintain bone strength and help prevent osteoporosis in most adults. It also supports cognitive brain function and respiratory health. Foods such as fish, (salmon, tuna, and mackerel) eggs yolks, and fortified milk contain some vitamin D. Our bodies can also naturally produce vitamin D from the sunlight, but this is not a total source.
Both of these vitamins work together to improve brain function and mood as well as boosting physical wellness. Chances are most of us are not getting enough through whole foods and may find it necessary to take a supplement.
For me, I personally suffer from lupus. Although I have been under a doctors care, and have tried various medications, I find staying consistent with my Fish oil and vitamin D helps improve my joint pain and stiffness and genuinely makes me feel good. As far as how much and which brand of supplement to take, I suggest speaking with a medical professional or nutritionist to discuss your individual needs. Everyone’s diet is different and therefore those habits should be evaluated before making such decisions.
Getting vitamins through whole food is clearly the best option. However, very few foods actually contain a proper amount our bodies need to function at a healthy level, and supplements may become necessary.
There are many other types of vitamin supplements available. Research your options, find out what particular needs you as an individual have, and be sure to shop at a natural food or health supplement location.
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