Supplements can help fill in nutrient gaps in your diet, as long as you choose the right ones. Here’s what you need to know about supplements.
Check the ingredients.
Unfortunately, many supplements are of poor quality, containing unnecessary fillers that make them far less effective. Look out for artificial colors and sweeteners, and possibly harmful preservatives. For example, in some multivitamin chewables, you’ll find aspartame (an artificial sweetener that stimulates the release of insulin, a hormone that encourages fat storage), BHT (a preservative that has cancer-causing potential), and artificial colors. Other wellness supplements sneak in polydextrose (a synthetic version of fiber), Xylitol (a sugar alcohol that’s been known to cause digestive problems), and sucralose (an artificial sweetener). A great way to avoid this problem is to choose products that are natural and organic.
Unless instructed otherwise by your doctor or a nutritionist, It is recommended that you take the following on a daily basis:
- A high-quality probiotic (live bacteria and yeasts that aid your digestive system)
- A multivitamin, and
- A fish-oil supplement to ensure you get the heart, brain-boosting and fat-burning benefits of omega-3 fatty acids.