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My 5 Top Supplements For Better Health

Updated on January 28, 2017
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5 Top Supplements

If you want to live a long life and stay in great health you need to ensure you are getting all the nutrients you need on a daily basis. And as it’s very difficult to get all these from our diet these days, we need to look to proven supplements to make up for the shortfall. So here are the 5 top supplements I believe you should take to ensure you stay in the best of health for as long as possible…

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1. Multivitamin Or Greens Supplement

The food we eat these days is almost always vitamin and mineral deficient, so taking a good quality multivitamin or greens supplement is of first importance. It should contain the full range of vitamins, minerals, trace elements, micro-nutrients and co-factors needed for optimum health. Make sure you use a whole food source multivitamin product for maximum bioavailability and synergy. Avoid synthetic vitamins and minerals as they are less easily absorbed, and they may even do more harm than good over the long term.

2. Omega 3 Fish Oils

Arguably this should be in the no. 1 position. We do not get nearly enough omega 3 fatty acids in our diet, but we get way too much omega 6′s. This imbalance contributes to increased inflammation in our bodies, which leads to poor health and disease. Omega 3′s are essential nutrients and have numerous benefits, e.g. they improve cardiovascular health, brain and central nervous system function, skin tone and quality and joint condition. They also promote faster healing and recovery from exercise; they reduce inflammation in the body, and much more.

It’s important to get a good quality brand that is highly bioavailable, high potency and as free from mercury contamination and other pollutants as possible.

Krill oil provides omega 3′s in the most bioavailable form. It is naturally very free from mercury and other contaminants, and it also contains high levels of the powerful antioxidant astaxanthin, making it a highly potent nutritional supplement.

3. Probiotic

Good health starts in the intestines, and maintaining good intestinal health helps to maintain the health of the entire body. That’s why a good probiotic supplement is no. 3 on my list of the 5 top supplements required for optimum health.

Probiotics, or ‘friendly bacteria’, are essential for proper intestinal function and good digestive health. They also play an important part in our immune function, helping to keep harmful bacteria and yeasts in check. But our modern diet, lifestyle and environment tend to deplete us of these vital organisms, hence supplementation becomes necessary.

For best results choose a brand that contains at least 5 billion colony forming units (CFU) per capsule. It should also contain a variety of effective strains, including Lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidobacteria.

Dr. Marco Ferrucci talks about three of the most important nutritional supplements that everyone should take

4. Vitamin D

If you don't get out in the sun on a regular basis chances are you are vitamin D deficient. This vital nutrient (which is not really a vitamin but a hormone precursor) is essential for strong bones, a healthy immune system and normal cell function. And in larger doses it helps protect against heart disease and various types of cancer. There is also evidence to suggest it can help fight type 2 diabetes, arthritis, cognitive decline and depression.

Take 1000 - 2000 IU per day of a highly bioavailable (preferably whole food source) brand of vitamin D3 (as this is three times more potent than D2).

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5. Co-enzyme Q10.

Co-enzyme Q10 (ubiquinone) is essential for the production of energy in the mitochondria of our cells, and as such acts as a potent, energy enhancing supplement. It is also a powerful antioxidant and helps to recycle other antioxidants, such as vitamin C and E, so that they can continue to be active.

On top of this co-enzyme Q10 assists in maintaining a healthy cardiovascular system. It helps reduce inflammation in the body, and it increases fat burning during exercise. It is also useful in the treatment of various diseases, such as heart disease, Parkinson’s, diabetes, periodontal disease and several others.

Although co-enzyme Q10 is found in a number of foods, it is only present in very small amounts. We do however manufacture it in our bodies naturally, but our ability to do this decreases with age, and tissue levels drop off rapidly. This makes it an essential supplement, especially for anyone over 40.

For best results you need to take at least 100mg per day in softgel form, as these are much better absorbed than the powdered form (in hard capsules).

So there you have it – my 5 top supplements explained. Take these regularly to give yourself the very best chance of maintaining peak health for life!

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      David 4 years ago from Chesterfield, UK

      Yes, cod liver oil is a great supplement. Glad you liked the hub peachpurple.

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      I take cod liver oil every day and probiotic 3 days once. There are so many more health supplement in store. Great hub with full details. Voted up

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      David 4 years ago from Chesterfield, UK

      Thanks Jabelufiroz; glad you liked it.

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      Firoz 4 years ago from India

      Good article. Voted up.