By the year 2024, the supplement market is projected to reach $278.02 billion dollars, yes, I said billion, NOT million! Everywhere you go these days you see fitness gurus promoting “life changing” supplements promising you that you will build muscle, lose body fat, or better yet turn into Eddie Morra (Bradley Cooper, Limitless, 2011). These fancy supplements are not the keys to your success. However, there are supplements out there that DO work, and we wrote this blog to inform you which ones they are and why we recommend them.
1. Vitamin D
We all know vitamin D as the “sunshine” vitamin, which is because our skin can make the vitamin when exposed to the sun! You’ll probably conclude that you are getting enough vitamin D because you spend time outside, right? WRONG! Vitamin D deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency worldwide in both children and adults. This can lead to getting sick often, fatigue and tiredness, bone and back pain, and several more preventable signs. Vitamin D plays multiple roles in the body such as, maintaining the health of bones and teeth, supporting the health of the immune system, and regulating insulin levels.
2. Fish Oil
Fish oil is a form of fatty acid derived from the tissues of oily fish. Generally, people who eat a chicken-based diet will benefit most from taking a fish oil supplement. The benefits of taking a fish oil supplement is healthy cholesterol level support, because by supplementing this, you will promote healthy ratios of HDL to LDL, as well as healthy levels of triaglycerol concentration in the body. Next is bone support, as studies have shown that consuming too much omega-6 and too little omega-3 can put you at a higher risk of lower bone mineral density. Lastly, research has suggested that taking fish oil regularly may increase mood support. Its consumption helps support the level of serotonin (the “feel good” hormone) in your body. In conclusion, fish oil isn’t the magic supplement answering all your life’s problems, but it will enhance your overall health, which is our primary goal.
Next to vitamin D, magnesium is also a leader in nutrient deficiencies, in which about 80% of people are deficient. Being deficient in magnesium can lead to muscle aches or spasms, poor digestion, anxiety, and trouble sleeping, and is one of the most underutilized but necessary supplements there is. There are several benefits of taking a magnesium supplement. Some of these benefits include an increase exercise performance due to the demand that is needed while you’re exercising, help to fight depression because low levels are linked to an increase of it, and has the benefit of fighting against type 2 diabetes because low levels of magnesium can impair insulin’s ability to keep blood sugar levels under control.
There are several supplements scams out there to be aware of, but there are many GREAT supplements that can increase your overall well-being. I highly recommend if you found this blog useful and are looking for more information, you should get in contact with my brother (Mike Gentles), and he can help you figure out the good supplements from the bad.