By Isabella Sorresso
Each day, the food you eat gives you a certain number of vitamins, but you still might not be getting a sufficient amount. Ideally, we should be getting most of our daily vitamin and mineral intake from a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables and protein. However, if you’re consuming a less than perfect diet or if you’re eating healthy but still your body still feels incomplete in some way, try adding a supplement to the mix. A few of the nutrients that your body can’t make, or may be lacking in production of include:
Contrary to what people might believe, your body can’t make any vitamins, so almost all of the vitamins in your body either come from the foods you eat or your environment. If you feel like you have a deficiency in any of these vitamins, try taking a multivitamin in the morning to make sure you’re getting a healthy dose.
Omega-3s are healthy fats are essential to the body, but can’t be produced by your body. They can be essential in helping with conditions like heart disease, high blood pressure, high triglycerides and cholesterol, and rheumatoid arthritis.
If you’re feeling fatigued or weak, you might be low in iron and adding an iron supplement could make you feel more alert and focused.
Remember mom always telling you to drink your milk so you would grow big and tall? Well, it’s because milk contains calcium, which is important for bone growth and strength. If you’re no longer drinking milk or getting calcium from the food you eat, a supplement might be beneficial to you. Older individuals who have a risk of osteoporosis might also take a calcium supplement to help bones from becoming weak.
Having trouble getting to sleep at night? Try adding an extra dosage of melatonin, a natural sleep aid, before bed. Melatonin is naturally occurring sleep hormone, but your production slows as you age. So, taking a melatonin supplement may help you sleep a little more soundly at night.