I mentioned in My Daily Supplement Regimen the four supplements that I believe are foundational to any supplement plan and the ones I take everyday. Today, I want to mention some “supplemental supplements” that I’ve added to my regimen of the basic four. These are specific to my health needs right now, but they may change as my needs change.
It’s hard to get everything you need in one multivitamin. That’s why I also take a multi-mineral. This ensures that I’m getting all the essential trace minerals that are so important for every cell in the body. Natural Vitality is an excellent brand, and their minerals are sourced from plants, making them easily digestible. High quality multivitamin and mineral supplements help to fill in nutritional gaps we may have in our diet and energize the body.
More and more studies are revealing the benefits of this powerful antioxidant, specifically for heart and brain health. Ubiquinol is the most bioavailable (best used by the body) form of CoQ10. CoQ10 is an essential antioxidant for the mitochondria of our cells, which are responsible for energy production. When the mitochondria in our cells can do a better job of producing energy, we in turn will feel more energetic. I noticed a big difference in my workouts after I started taking Ubiquinol. I was less fatigued after each workout and didn’t feel like my heart was having to work as hard. There are a number of good brands. I have been using Jarrow Formulas Ubiquinol QH as it’s a highly absorbable form and is better utilized by the body than other CoQ10 formulas.
This herb has been studied and used for centuries as an overall tonic for women’s hormones and the female reproductive organs. It helps to balance irregular menstrual cycles, and it also clears hormonal acne. It takes several months to see the full effect of this herb. I use Nature’s Way Vitex. It’s high quality and inexpensive. Check out this article to learn more about this ancient herb and its benefits for women of all ages.
This is such an important vitamin for all women of child bearing age. Many women cannot properly digest and absorb folic acid and therefore do not get the levels they need. I recommend Life Extension’s Optimized Folate, as it has the bioactive form of folate called 5-MTHF, which is more easily digested and absorbed. This is also an important nutrient for women in menopause, as folate lowers levels of homocysteine in the blood (high levels are responsible for diseases such as alzheimers and heart disease).
Scientists are just beginning to discover the powerful benefits of vitamin D. From bone health to cancer prevention, this is one supplement to make sure you’re including in your supplement regimen. Make sure to take the D3 form as it’s most easily absorbed by the body. I take an additional D3 supplement to the Cal/Mag/D3 supplement I mentioned in the Foundational Four, as the amount in this is fairly low (only 500 iu – which stands for international units). I like to take at least 1,000 iu every day for the benefits. I have been pleased with Solgar’s Vitamin D3 1000 iu tablets. This helps me control the amount I’m getting better than some of the higher iu tablets. If you’re unsure about how much you need, it’s always a good idea to get your levels checked. Many women are low on this essential vitamin. Check out more of the amazing health benefits of vitamin D.
These supplements have been instrumental in helping me achieve more balance and energy throughout my day. And I love my 7 Day Pill Box Organizer that keeps a weeks worth of supplements organized and ready to go. There are 4 compartments for each day separated by time of day: morning, noon, evening, and bedtime. This is especially helpful since different supplements need to be taken at different times of day.
I hope these supplement recommendations have given you some helpful ideas for your own health needs.
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