If you are what you eat, then put down that slice of pizza (extra cheese with pepperoni) and consider if you’re doing everything you can to help your body prevent diseases and increase your overall health. Unfortunately, three squares a day are almost never enough.
Antioxidants. Supplements. Vitamins. Minerals. Entire industries have been built around manufacturing health in one or more pills. Do you know the right pill(s) for you?
We’ve done the legwork for you. Trying one or more of the following supplements may be just what your body needs. However, before adding any supplement to your diet, check with your doctor.
If you’re only going to add one supplement or antioxidant to your diet, pick Vitamin E. It’s available in natural and synthetic forms. Even in a typical healthy diet, we get a fraction of the recommended daily amount of Vitamin E (200 mcg a day) which has been linked to lowered risks for several conditions including Alzheimer’s, heart and eye diseases and some cancers. Since Vitamin E also slows the signs of aging, that bottle of pills might just be your best chance at finding the fountain of youth.
Found in foods like fish and avocados, Omega-3 fatty acids reduce your risk of heart disease and increases memory and alertness. Diet, alone, isn’t always enough to get your daily recommended amount (usually 1,000 mg a day, but ask your doctor how much is right for you). Omega-3 supplements are available over-the-counter and should be taken with food.
A good supplement to – and not a substitute for – a healthy diet, multivitamins bring together in one pill several vitamins and minerals which have been found to reduce cancer risks. Before picking a multivitamin, consider how much of any one vitamin or mineral is included, and, if you take additional supplements, make sure you’re not “overdosing.” Too much won’t boost the effects – instead, you might interfere with the vitamin’s positive effects.
Doctors recommended that pregnant woman take folic acid which decreases risks for early labor and birth defects, but men can reap health benefits from folic acid, too. 500 mcg a day will help keep down hornocysteine levels (which have been associated with increased risk of Alzheimer’s) by improving blood flow to the brain.
Instead of chugging an extra glass of milk, try this supplement which can help your body increase bone healthy and density and decrease your risk for developing osteoporosis.
With high levels of antioxidants, taking an acai berry supplement has been linked to decreased levels of risk of developing cancer as well as inflammation, high cholesterol, heart problems, and allergies.
Some doctors call Selenium your best defense against developing cancer, since it attacks and shrinks cancer cells. Research has linked Selenium to decreased risk of developing prostate, colon, and/or lung cancer. Nature has your back, too. The Brazil Nut has about 100 mcg of Selenium per nut.
While these supplements can help, don’t forget to keep a healthy diet, too. Click to read more about Foods That Fight Cold and Flu.