Here are, in my opinion, the top 10 best non-herbal
supplements to take.
Something I should
mention is I always recommend taking a good multi-vitamin.
But what I’ve decided to do is to explain
which SPECIFIC ingredients of a supplement or multi-vitamin that makes it worth
taking on a daily basis.
You wouldn't want to take a supplement without knowing what it's going to do for you, now would you? Of course not. That'd be a waste of money and could actually harm your health.
Here is the list with explanations below. These are in no particular order and are all equally important...
1. omega 3 fatty acids
3. alpha lipoic acid
4. Vitamin A
5. Vitamin C
6. Vitamin E
9. Seeds - flax, hemp, chia, sunflower, etc
10. Whey Protein
1. Omega 3 fatty acids - loaded with EPA and DHA (2 essential fatty acids your body needs), studies shows there’s a possible link between omega 3’s and lowering inflammation, decreasing the chances of cardiovascular disease and stroke.
2. Glutathione - Unfortunately there’s no real glutathione supplement. The main ingredient that makes glutathione is the amino acid cysteine. Glutathione is the body’s main “powerhouse” antioxidant and is naturally produced by the body so adequate cysteine is important for glutathione production.
3. Alpha Lipoic Acid - a great antioxidant, they also regenerate Vitamin C, Vitamin E and glutathione. They also help to store the carbohydrates you eat (ie. sugar) in muscle or in your liver, as opposed to turning straight to fat.
4. Vitamin A - a fatty antioxidant (your body stores these kinds), there are many benefits and works well with Vitamin C and Vitamin E. Come in preformed version (from animal sources) and as carotenes (ie. beta carotene). Preformed Vitamin A can also help boost testosterone levels.
5. Vitamin C - a water-soluble antioxidant so your body doesn’t store it, meaning you can take loads of it each day and your body can easily excrete the excess. An important antioxidant since it can travel wherever water goes (which is about 80% of your body), they also keep your joints lubricated and aids in the formation of various hormones of the body.
6. Vitamin E - another fatty antioxidant, hard to get from food alone so you absolutely must supplement to get the recommended amount to get the full health benefits (hint: 100mg per day).
7. Selenium - An antioxidant mineral that’s found in soil, selenium does a lot of “behind the scenes” work with antioxidants (ie. works with glutathione and Vitamin E, boosts immunity)
8. Resveratrol - I picked this because of the French paradox. It’s astonishing that a culture that eats as much cream, butter and fat has less heart attacks than most other developed countries. The fact that researchers were able to find the ingredient that is the potential cause for this is worth noting.
9. Seeds - A great addition to your shakes, food, recipes, desserts, etc. Loaded with protein, healthy fats and reduces inflammation.
10. Whey protein - I mentioned earlier that in order to make glutathione you need enough cysteine on a daily for glutathione creation. If you don’t get enough, the less glutathione is made and higher chances you are exposing yourself to infection and disease. Whey protein is loaded with cysteine and all the amino acids you need to function on a daily.
So there you have it. My recommended top 10 best non-herbal supplements.
You can get these supplements in whole foods, by supplementing each one individually or by taking a multi-vitamin that has each of these ingredients included.