3 Supplements that Absolutely Work
Fish oil is a popular supplement because it provides a variety of health benefits. Inside your cells, you have a ratio of omega-6 fatty acids and omega-3 fatty acids. The standard western diet is high very in omega-6 fatty acids, so supplementation of fish oil (a great source for omega-3 fatty acids) can balance the ratio, which improves overall health.
The most noticeable results from fish oil supplementation include benefits for severe depression, joint pain reduction (when supplemented by athletes in high doses), and a powerful triglyceride reducing effect. Fish oil’s effect on triglycerides is so potent that it is also sold as pharmaceutical grade fish oil, under the brand name Lovaza.
Vitamin D supplementation can improve mood and provide long-term protection against cognitive decline and bone deterioration. It stacks very well with vitamin K and magnesium. Stacking means that these supplements, when taken together, have a more powerful effect than taking the supplements individually.
Vitamin D’s effects are sometimes exaggerated, but that doesn’t mean it’s ineffective – it simply went from underused to overhyped. While it is not a cure-all, vitamin D is cheap, safe, and effective for long term supplementation. People in cold places or overcast areas should particularly take it.
Creatine is one of the most popular supplement among weight lifters, and for good reason. It’s basically a source of energy for your cells. Extra energy for your cells help you power through intense activity while also increasing the rate of muscular growth. Creatine has a lot of evidence to support its safety (it’s found naturally in food), plus it’s cheap and can be supplemented indefinitely. Creatine is a compound with a variety of health effects, including benefits to physical performance, muscle growth, and liver health. Even better, research is indicating that because it’s a source of energy for your cells, it may even have neuroprotective and other helpful benefits!
N-Acetylcysteine (NAC) stands out from the crowd of antioxidants on the supplement store shelf because it’s actually effective when supplemented. NAC is needed to produce the antioxidant enzyme called glutathione, which exerts a general protective effect on the body.
NAC can also be supplemented for a variety of cognitive benefits, which include the treatment of drug addiction, reducing irritability and obsession, and protecting against cognitive decline.
NAC is also one of the few supplements that might actually remove heavy metals from the body. Though many detoxifying supplements are claimed to have this effect, NAC is one of the few that delivers.
So there you have it, 3 Supplements which work as advertised and an additional bonus which also delivers on said promises.
Sherie Holland, A4M Lifestyle Health Coach