So you want to make sure you’re getting all the vitamins and minerals you needs, but we know it can be overwhelming walking into a pharmacy or health-food to be faced by a wall of supplements, with each bottle and box promising you something different.
The truth is if you’re eating a balanced diet you won’t necessarily need to take supplements, but there are certain key nutrients that might be a good supplement to your lifestyle.
If do feel you’re in need of an extra boost, where do you start?
Speaking to Byridie UK, nutritionist Sarah Flower said that if you strip things right back there are just three supplements you definitely should be taking.
So take a chill pill and read on to find out which are the best supplements to start and next time you’re faced with a wall of pills and sachets we hope it will seem a little less intimidating.
Not just a powerhouse of flavour, the use of turmeric for medicinal reasons dates back over 4000 years.
The bioactive compound in turmeric is curcumin and that’s what it gives it its super anti-inflammatory powers.
It has been shown to help with a variety of inflammatory conditions including arthritis, as well as helping to soothe IBS.
Add to you diet where you can (combining with black pepper to increase absorption) or take a curcumin supplement.
An often overlooked mineral, adequate magnesium is crucial to the wellbeing of our bodies.
It is responsible for producing the ATP molecule, which provides energy, can help protect against heart attacks, and reduce hormonal problems.
Magnesium is also great for those who suffer from anxiety, depression and migraines as it is known as an anti-stress mineral, as it helps relax muscles, has a nourishing effect on our nervous system and helps improve flexibility and tone of blood vessels.
Magnesium-rich foods include pulses, nuts, whole grains and leafy green vegetables to your diet. You can also take a supplement, either in tablet or powder form, or soak in an an Epsom salt bath for at least 15 minutes.
3. Vitamin D
We’ve all heard that a lack of Vitamin D can lead to a low mood, but a lack of the nutrient can also affect our immune system, and respiratory system, lead to depression and heart disease, multiple sclerosis, diabetes and even cancer.
Vitamin D helps lower our blood pressure and helps to keep us calm and less anxious. It has even been shown to help the body break down the stubborn fat cells.
To get a dose in your food look to food such as fish and eggs but studies have shown that sunlight is a much more powerful source.
To make sure you get your daily dose adding a supplement is often recommended. Sarah suggests a vitamin D3 form over vitamin D2 as it absorbs better.