With so many supplements out there it can be mindboggling to figure out what you should take daily, what just seems good because the branding is cool, and what you should take only when there is a specific issue to remedy. After some trial and error, and consultation with experts, we identified six natural supplements that are super affordable and and easy to make a part of your daily routine. You can save the below graphic for quick reference and read on for a more detailed breakdown of why we like each supplement and where to buy them. Happy health pursuits!
Why We Love These Supplements & Where to Get Them
You can use our links or find your own brands, just remember to always prioritize the option that offers organic ingredients and has the least amount of fillers in the supplement (e.g. gelatin, pectin, soy, etc). While $20+ may seem like a bigger investment than you want to make in supplements, remember that most of these are 120 capsule bottles, so they will last you a long time!
Vitamin B Complex ($25 large organic, $8 for small) – This combines 8 powerful vitamins within the B family to deliver a mega boost to your energy and immune system. Many are water-soluble, which means that they are not stored in our body fat but peed-out daily, thus regular consumption is needed. The ways it supports our metabolism, blood cells and nerve function is down right impressive, check it:
- Biotin: Critical to our body’s digestion of fatty acids, amino acids and glucose – AKA promotes energy / fights fatigue.
- Folic acid: Supports efficient cell growth and development. This is important when building strength and athletic stamina!
- Niacin: Important for our digestive system and nerve function.
- Pantothenic acid: Also known as Vitamin B5, this is credited with supporting respiratory health, hair growth and anxiety
- Thiamin: Converts the carbohydrates we eat into energy for our brain, muscles and nervous system.
- Riboflavin: Important for red blood cell production and metabolizing proteins.
- Vitamin B6: This is a hard working vitamin! It makes the antibodies that fight off disease, maintains normal nerve function and oxygen delivery to red blood cells, and moderates blood sugar (glucose) levels.
- Vitamin B12: Supports healthy brain and nervous system function.
Milk Thistle ($12 small or $25 large organic) – Great for liver detox. Our liver works really hard to clean our blood and detoxify our bodies of the harmful things we put in them (booze, pesticides, medications, etc). I first heard about Milk Thistle’s magical benefits from my facialist who suggested I make it a regular part of my routine because she could tell that I love wine just by looking at my skin (eek!). When our livers are healthy, we can digest food more easily and enjoy steadier energy levels. So really, what’s not to love?
Fish Oil ($18) – Omega-3 fatty acids in these supplements support joint health (especially important for active people), heart function and generally promotes skin and hair radiance.
Probiotic Blend, no refrigeration required ($18) – Who doesn’t love a healthy gut?! There are many different kinds of probiotic supplements out there and you generally cannot go wrong so long as you find one with a high “active cell count” (anything over 500 Million viable microorganisms) and keep the bottle stored in the fridge. Probiotics keep a healthy balance of good and bad bacteria in your digestive system, which helps moderate irritable bowels or prevent constipation induced by antibiotics or a change in diet while traveling, etc.
Evening Primrose Oil ($22) – This plant is native to North America and recommended for treatment of PMS, skin irritations caused by harsh elements, eczema or allergies, and/or menopause symptoms. It’s very trendy in the natural heath scene these days, but medical studies on its efficacy are still catching up.
Ashwagandha ($13) – A good Ayurvedic herbal option for folks with stress, acne or body tension. The supplement is made from the plant root and is known for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. I started taking this after a recent trip to India where I purchased various herbal blends that include Ashwagandha with Manjitha root and Tumeric, and I’m digging it! If you want an easy way to check off this supplement off your list over breakfast, try this super popular green smoothie powder which has Ashwagandha in it.
You can read more about all of these supplements on the US National Library of Medicine website. As is true with all health regimens, use common sense and consult your doctor if you are pregnant, have unique health concerns or are taking prescription medications.
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