Obviously I am no expert but I thought I'd share the supplements that I take to support me in midlife, I try not to take too many or rely on them when I should be eating a diet rich in fruit and vegetables and exercising regularly. But I don't think there is any harm in giving nature a bit support.]. Plus with all the drama of coronavirus I think a few of us are thinking some immune system support wouldn't go amiss.
When choosing supplements choose the best quality not the cheapest. I personally don't recommend buying from the supermarket for example. Find a really good independent health food shop or ask a nutritionist for some specific advice. Or speak to one of the online retailers that offer a helpline, they will advise on dosage, interactions with any prescription medication and make suggestions based on your individual needs.
Over the last few years I have learnt a lot more about nutrition, had consultations with a nutritionist and chatted with experts. I am therefore sharing below my recommendation for the best supplements to consider, these are the ones I take and I feel I benefit from, they are also the ones I hear mentioned time and time again. Obviously everyone is different but hopefully this is a starting point. but please do your own research, I am only offering an overview and some suggestions.
Vitamin D - nearly everyone is deficient in the sunshine vitamin, we need to get outside more, not just when it is sunny, just outside in the fresh air and daylight. It will help us sleep and help our mood. I believe this is the one deficiency that is worth having a blood test for. Interestingly when mine was last tested it was very high and I didn't need a supplement but that it is unusual!
Probiotics - I started taking a probiotic a few years ago and I still take it regularly now, gut health has proven to be essential for so many aspects of our health and can directly impact our mood and mental health. So I would suggest this isn't one to overlook. I have just been asked if I would like to try out ProVen ShapeLine a probiotic that can help with 'a shapelier you' so I am intrigued but I do know that if I can keep any bloating at bay then I do feel much better with my shape. I have been gifted* a months supply to try.
Magnesium - I have spoken about this before on my blog (see my post here). Magnesium comes in quite a few different forms with each type offering different absorption and benefits. I have the Magnesium+ from FutureYou Cambridge (a years supply was gifted* to me). I take it to help with relaxation, stress and sleep. Magnesium is considered to be an essential supplement that we cannot easily get from our diet. I also use Magnesium Flakes in my evening bath regularly.
Evening Primrose Oil - I was asked by Epsilon Life if I would like to try their Evening Primrose Oil (gifted*) to support skin health, hormone health and bone health which is especially helpful in midlife and menopause. I have been taking it for about 3 months now and really feel it is a worthwhile supplement, my skin is looking less dry and although the benefits are more hidden, I can't comment on how my bone density is doing, I like that this brand offers a very high quality supplement and is UK based. They are very happy to help and advise over the phone and have a number of excellent products in their range.
I also add Omega 3 in liquid form to my granola or overnight oats. If I feel my immune system needs a boost then I use Vitamin C and Zinc and of course a high quality multi-vitamin is always a good idea - try this one from Epsilon Life, Multi-Vitamin and Mineral Complex.
Hopefully this post might make things a bit clearer and give you a basic overview. I know there are so many available it does get very confusing.
On a personal note, I am feeling much better and yesterday I even got back to exercise, I did an upper body weights workout in my gym at home. I am hopeful that we will see a change in the weather soon which always lifts everyone.
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