5 of the Best Supplements to Take for Overall Well-Being

Posted by Jake Riviera on May 9th, 2021

1. Chlorella

Chlorella is a type of nutrient-dense algae that has been shown to have many health benefits. Not only is it an excellent source protein, vitamin C, iron and antioxidants, but it has also been shown to improve cholesterol, strengthen the immune system and detox the body. Many people are exposed to toxic heavy metals such as cadmium and lead through pollution, which can have detrimental effects on the brain, liver and kidneys. However, several animal studies have shown that chlorella benefits the body by removing heavy metals and other toxic compounds. 

If you're into exercising, chlorella has also been shown to increase aerobic endurance. One study found that adults who were given chlorella daily for four weeks showed a significantly increased ability to fill their lungs with oxygen, as compared to the group that received a placebo. This may be due to the fact that chlorella contains branched-chain amino acids, which are vital for muscle repair and growth. Chlorella is available in powder, tablet, capsule or extract form.

2. Vitamin D

Considering the fact that over 75% of Americans don't get enough vitamin D, it's essential that you add this supplement to your daily regimen. Studies have shown that vitamin D deficiency can lead to depression, muscle pain, fatigue and even hair loss. It can also reduce your ability to fight infections and can be a major risk factor in developing an autoimmune disease.

Although you would ideally get vitamin D from sunlight exposure, many people don't spend enough time outdoors to get the recommended dose. Therefore, taking a daily dose of vitamin D can help improve your overall health. Although vitamin D comes in two forms, D2 and D3, it's generally recommended that you take vitamin D3, as it's the naturally-occuring form of the vitamin and more effectively raises vitamin D levels.

3. Probiotics

Probiotics are a type of beneficial bacteria that live in your digestive system. Although you may think that bacteria is harmful, there are actually two types of bacteria in your body: good and bad bacteria. Having the right amount of good bacteria helps eliminate bad bacteria and restore the balance in your body. Probiotics have been shown to strengthen the immune system, improve digestion and aid in weight loss. Studies have demonstrated that probiotics may even be beneficial for your mental health, as bacteria in your digestive system are actually closely linked with neurons in the brain.

Although you can get probiotics from yogurt, kefir or sauerkraut, taking a supplement can help you to get a greater number of probiotics in your system. Probiotics are generally well-tolerated and have minimal side effects, making them a great option to improve your overall health.

4. Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to have numerous benefits, such as fighting inflammation, lowering blood pressure and strengthening the immune system. Because omega-3s are mainly found in fish, it can be difficult to incorporate them into your diet on a regular basis. This is where fish oil supplements come in. It's recommended that you take 200-500 mg of omega-3s daily, and it's best to take your supplement with a meal that contains fat, as this increases its absorption. 

5. Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 is another nutrient that many individuals are deficient in. This vitamin is so important because it keeps your blood cells healthy, helps your body create DNA, prevents memory loss and supports bone health. Although you can get vitamin B12 from dairy, fish and eggs, it can be difficult to get enough of this vitamin just from your diet. Additionally, vitamin B12 is especially vital if you're vegetarian or vegan, considering that it's found almost entirely in animal products. 

No matter what health problem you're trying to treat, there's a supplement for you. These five supplements not only improve specific health problems but can also support your general well-being, making you feel more energized and empowered.

 

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