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Are You Taking These 5 Vital Supplements?
For people in good health, when certain medical issues aren’t a factor, these five supplements can assure nutritional needs are met.
Adding a good multivitamin to your daily supplement regimen can help ensure your body is getting most of the nutrients it needs. Although a well-rounded diet should provide the essentials, this can be difficult for even the healthiest of eaters. Your body also needs certain amounts of nutrients that must stay within a certain range, important vitamins and minerals such as folic acid, iron, B12 and zinc. Too much or too little of these essential nutrients can be harmful, so a multivitamin allows a person to consume safe amounts of essential nutrients.
Fish oil contains omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, which are essential for optimal cardiovascular health and brain function. This includes protection against heart disease and stroke, lowering cholesterol, stabilizing mood and maintaining memory. Also, omega-3 fatty acids are powerful anti-inflammatory agents. The recommended daily dosage of fish oil should be 3,000 mg of EPA/DHA.
Probiotics are “good” bacterial strains that keep the gut healthy, supporting the immune system by counteracting “bad” bacteria in your digestive tract and body. Probiotics also support production of B vitamins within the intestinal tract, aid in maximum absorption and utilization of nutrients as well as digestive regulation. The recommended daily dosage of probiotics is 1 capsule a day with at least 15 billion organisms.
Magnesium is an essential mineral for staying healthy and is required for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. Multiple health benefits of magnesium include transmission of nerve impulses, body temperature regulation, detoxification, energy production, and the formation of healthy bones and teeth. Magnesium aids in the absorption of calcium by the body. For women, besides keeping osteoporosis at bay, magnesium health benefits include relief from symptoms of menopause and premenstrual syndrome (PMS). The recommended daily dosage of magnesium is 400 to 1,000 mg.
Increasingly seen as the “miracle” nutrient, research is proving Vitamin D to be crucial in all aspects of health and disease prevention. Vitamin D is an essential part of calcium absorption and maintaining bone health and a critical part of your overall health and immune system. Vitamin D is manufactured by exposure to sunlight, but most people don’t get enough, especially if you live in a northern climate. It may also provide protection from osteoporosis, hypertension and several autoimmune diseases. The recommended daily dosage for Vitamin D3 is 5,000 IU for children and 5-10,000 IU for adults.
Dietary supplements are a great way to strengthen weakened systems. However, before making decisions about whether to take a supplement, talk to your healthcare provider.
The above recommendations are a good place to start, and then look to strengthen specific needs based on current physical health status, genetic predispositions, environmental factors and mental health status. Of course, a healthy diet and regular exercise also play a big part in your overall wellness.
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