Have you ever found yourself asking, “Do I really need supplements? If so, which ones do I need?” With so many vitamins and minerals to choose from, you may feel overwhelmed with which vitamins and minerals you should take.
When first choosing a supplement, you’ll need to decide between a vegetarian or a gelatin capsule. Vegetarian capsules are plant based while gelatin capsules contain animal byproducts. Gelatin capsules are said to be better for your joints, but in the end, it’s just a matter of personal preference.
Here are five core vitamins you should consider including in your diet:
Multivitamin. A multivitamin is an excellent way to ensure you are getting all your nutrients as it’s designed to fill in nutritional gaps. When deciding what multivitamin to take, pick one that is high quality and has a high potency.
Calcium. This mineral is important for building strong bones, teeth, and gums. Most of the time you will find combination Cal/Mag/Zinc (Calcium/Magnesium/Zinc) supplements, which are great for added nutrients. Speak with your doctor to know which calcium supplement is the best option for you.
Omega-3 Fatty Acid. Considered “good” fats, omega-3s have a number of health benefits. Fish oil, salmon, flaxseed, and flaxseed oil, are excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids.
Magnesium. While this mineral is usually overlooked, Magnesium is an important mineral to add to your diet, helping to turn calories into energy. To learn more about the benefits associated with magnesium, read The Magnesium Miracle by Carolyn Dean, MD, ND.
Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid). This vitamin is assists in tissue growth and repair, enhances immunity, and increases iron absorption. When choosing a Vitamin C supplement, avoid chewables since they can damage tooth enamel.
Take steps today to increase your body’s longevity by incorporating a healthy diet, regular exercise, and high-quality supplements into your day-to-day routine.