For most people, walking into a supplement store can become very overwhelming. Let's say you ask the store clerk to lead you to the section where they keep their multivitamins. Now to your surprise, you are staring at over 25 different multivitamins. So when you reach your hand out, what bottle do you grab? Unless you know precisely what vitamins and minerals you want, chances are you are going to choose the container with the most pleasing aesthetic or promising of results.
It is essential to understand that not all supplements are for everyone, so you should know what and why you are taking a certain product. For the general population, supplements are not mandatory to live a happy & healthy lifestyle. The vitamins and minerals you get from a supplement are also obtainable through a nourishing diet that contains a balance of healthy fats, carbs, meats, fruits, and vegetables. However, most people do not maintain a well-balanced diet, and therefore, some extra help may be needed. This is where your supplements will come in!
First, it's important to know what the word supplement means. When you use the phrase supplement as a noun, the word itself stands for a pill or a powder. But when you use the phrase supplement as a verb, it translates to the action of fulfilling or enhancing. Which means if you are not deficient in vitamin B, then why would you grab a multivitamin with a higher dosage of vitamin B?
When you understand what your deficiencies are, then you can go ahead and supplement for them. Supplements can be used to enhance specific effects such as growth and development of muscles, recovery, aid in or maintain hormone levels, etc. You want to be careful with what you are trying to enhance because it could have an adverse effect causing health problems. That is why it is always important to consult your doctor before taking any new supplements.
Whether it's to enhance your lifestyle or fill a deficiency, here are 5 supplements we recommend using:
There is a wide range of health benefits when it comes to taking fish oil. Its primary use has mainly been for heart and joint health. Fish oil contains omega-3, which is then also made up of EPAs and DHAs. These two are essential to look out for in your fish oil as they each play crucial roles as far as helping lower triglyceride levels and inflammation. The dosage will vary depending on your needs.
Multivitamins are typically the most recommended supplement on the market because they are pretty generalized. When you turn over a bottle of multivitamins, you'll notice a wide range of vitamins, minerals and maybe even some herbs. The dosage of each vitamin and mineral is pretty small. These are typically to help fill in any minor deficiencies you may have. Not all multivitamins are made up of the same ingredients. Know what you want most out of your multi before just grabbing one from the shelf.
Another great way to help meet your micronutrient needs is to consume a greens supplement. A greens powder - like a multivitamin can help you fill in any minor deficiencies as well as allow you to increase your intake of fruits and vegetables. Some greens powder can also help aid in digestion depending on the brand. Some may contain fiber, which is a crucial micronutrient you receive when intaking fruits, vegetables, and certain grains. Again, not all greens powder are made up of the same ingredients, so check before you purchase. Compare different brands and see which one will best suit your needs. It is recommended to look for one with little to no sugar. Just as a warning greens powders typically never taste the best, but the benefits definitely out way the taste so don't knock it until you try it.
Protein, which is made up of amino acids, help your muscles recover and rebuild. There are many types, but the body is unable to produce nine of the essential amino acids. BCAA/EAA's aid in muscle recovery, muscle preservation, and in some cases, muscle development. BCAA stands for branched-chain amino acids, which are three of the nine essential aminos. EAA stands for essential amino acids, and that supplement contains all of the nine essentials. It's important to do your research on which one supports your lifestyle best as they are two individual supplements.
Protein powder is another generalized supplement as a large amount of the population are deficient in protein. You typically want to consume most of your protein from natural sources - plants, animals, legumes, lentils, etc. However, protein powder can help you meet your daily macronutrient goal. Protein powder is also convenient if you are on the go. Leave the excuses at the door and put the protein in your cup. It's as easy as that.
As mentioned earlier, it's important to always check with your health care provider before taking any new supplements. We recommend doing your research; make sure the brand you choose has been quality tested, and you are getting the most bang for your buck.
At Bodymass, we support our most trusted brand, Core Nutritionals. Stop by either of our Bodymass Locations to check out the Core selection we have to offer!
Written By: Mariah Webb