As we become another year wiser, it is important to factor in supplements for wellness. As usual, you will need to consult with your doctor to understand your nutrient deficiencies and status. What one person use might not be applicable to someone else. As usual, I’m sharing this based on my personal experience, not as a wellness professional.
The best thing about Whole Foods is the annual supplements sale. Until January 10, 2023, supplements are 33% off with Amazon Prime membership (or 25% off without). There are lots of options whether you’re looking for everyday supplements or specific roots – in various forms, whether you’re fancying for powder for shakes or pills for easy use.
Even though I stocked up on supplements, some of these might have overlapping benefits. I try to avoid taking all supplements daily but rather take them on a rotational basis. I prefer taking supplements in pill form because I don’t need to worry about the taste. I’ve taken powdered form in smoothies in the past – I wasn’t the biggest fan of the change of texture and taste. I’ll let my stomach handle the rest once the capsule dissolves. That way, my taste buds aren’t affected.
It is best to receive nutrients naturally from whole foods (not the market) – eating all of the fruits and vegetables, and getting the proper intake. Don’t forget to exercise as well. These are my top 10 favorite supplements for wellness.
Ashwagandha is a plant that has been used for thousands of years for medical purposes. Primary benefits include reducing stress and anxiety, enhancing cognitive function, reducing inflammation, improving fertility, and reducing blood sugar levels.
Collagen can be found in bone broth, chicken skin, and pork skin. Primary benefits include improved elasticity and hydration of the skin, stronger hair and nails, reduced joint pain, improved gut health, better support for muscle mass, and improved sleep.
Olive Leaf actually derives from an olive tree. Olive Leaf is rich in antioxidants, which can protect cells from damage, improve cardiovascular health, support the immune system, provide anti-inflammatory effects, and improve blood sugar control.
Lion’s Mane doesn’t derive from an actual lion but is a type of mushroom. Some health benefits include improved cognitive functions, enhanced immune system function, cardiovascular health, anti-inflammatory support, and digestion.
Cordyceps is another type of mushroom native to Asia. Health benefits include improved energy and endurance, immune system function, respiratory function, cardiovascular health, and anti-inflammatory effects.
There are many species within the Cordyceps family, including the parasite type that grows on insects and eventually takes over them. The ones we typically consume grow on a substrate of white rice and soy. I’ll take that any day.
Chaga is a type of mushroom with many shared benefits as Cordyceps. However, Chaga grows on tree bark and has health benefits, including improved immune system function, anti-inflammatory effects, and antioxidant properties.
Spirulina is a type of blue-green algae found in both fresh and saltwater environments, including lakes, ponds, and oceans. Commercially, they’re grown in controlled ponds and tanks. Health benefits include improved immune system function (aka. rich in antioxidants), enhanced energy and endurance, weight management, cardiovascular health, improved blood sugar control, and anti-inflammatory support.
Ginger root has been popular for many centuries within the greater Asian region for medicinal purposes. You’re probably familiar with ginger from some of the food you eat. Ginger root derives from ginger. Health benefits include improved digestion, reduced inflammation, improved cardiovascular health, enhanced immune system function, and alleviating muscle pain.
Also known as Diindolylmethane, this is a compound found in cruciferous vegetables, including broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts. This is great for women as it focuses more on regulating estrogen metabolism. This helps with maintaining conditions such as hormonal acne. DIM can also reduce inflammation, improve immune system functions, improve cardiovascular health, and have anti-aging properties.
I started consuming Goli supplements a while ago and love their gummies. This superfruits gummies contain bamboo shoot extract (great for silica), vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc, and pectin. In combination, this helps with promoting collagen formation, maintaining skin health, supporting skin structure, restoring radiance, providing antioxidant support, and immune system.
What are your favorite supplements to take?