3 Vitamins & Supplements To Choose For Optimal Health

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3 Vitamins & Supplements To Choose For Optimal Health
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When I first became infatuated with supplements, I made the erroneous assumption that all dietary supplements are safe. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Some supplements are produced by the same organizations that pollute our foods, and others are produced by well-meaning organizations that just don't know what they're doing.

And finally, there are supplements that are not only safe but life-changing. Those are the ones you want.

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So, in alphabetical order I’m going to share with you some of the best supplements on the market and how to find the version of that supplement that is the safest.

Here are 3 of the best dietary supplements and how they can improve your health:

1. Astaxanthin

This is the world’s strongest antioxidant. It is 6000 times more effective than vitamin C, 800 times more effective than CoQ10, and 550 times more effective than vitamin E and green tea. It gets itself into every cell of your body protecting the fat-soluble and water-soluble parts of your cells.

That may not sound like a big deal, but it is. It improves athletic performance, cures dry eye syndrome, and even helps boost male fertility.

But where it really shines is with cholesterol. Astaxanthin improves lipid profiles by decreasing LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglycerides and increasing HDL (good) cholesterol.

I have been using it for years and without it, I would have dry eye syndrome and too much LDL. With it, no dry eye syndrome, excellent HDL cholesterol and perfect triglycerides.

The best food source of Astaxanthin is salmon. Make sure it’s wild-caught, as wild-caught salmon has about five times the Astaxanthin that farm-raised salmon does. You can also find it in any pink colored seafood like lobster, crab, or shrimp. You just have to be careful with these fish in terms of where they are from.

In other words, avoid those from contaminated waters such as Fuqing China and Fukushima, Japan. Buy pole-caught albacore tuna from the western US or Canada, wild-caught salmon from Alaska, and wild-caught Pacific sardines.

If you are supplementing with astaxanthin, it’s important to get a high-quality form of the supplement. Many manufacturers use petrochemicals to make synthetic Astaxanthin, which is 20 times weaker than natural Astaxanthin.

It should have at least 10 mg of natural Astaxanthin.

Sports Research (SR) brand makes an excellent Astaxanthin. I like it because it's in coconut oil instead of sunflower oil and has 12 mg of natural Astaxanthin.

2. B complex vitamins

B complex vitamins are useful for those who already have a well-rounded diet but are looking to support energy levels and improve cognitive performance and mental health.

B vitamins are also very helpful when it comes to supporting healthy vascular function.

The following combination of B vitamins has been shown to be effective at reducing the high homocysteine levels which contribute to vascular disease:

  • B2– 25 milligrams
  • B6- 25 milligrams
  • B12- 500 micrograms
  • Folate- 800 micrograms
  • Trimethylglycine - (TMG) 1000 milligrams

I use Pure Therapy Rx Methyl B Complex because it is well-made, comes in the right combination of B vitamins and is very pure.

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3. CoQ10

CoQ10 is an essential nutrient that works like an antioxidant in the body. In its active form, it's called ubiquinone or ubiquinol. It's present in the body in the highest levels in the heart, liver, kidneys, and pancreas.

It's stored in the mitochondria of your cells and is often referred to as the powerhouse because of its involvement in energy production.

Dr. Carl Folgers and his colleagues at the Institute of Biomedical Research at the University of Texas found CoQ10 deficiency in the majority of people with heart disease. Subsequent research revealed that after taking CoQ10, 58 percent of the patients improved. The researchers also found that CoQ10 helps lower blood pressure.

Deficiencies in CoQ10 lead to chronic disease, high levels of oxidative stress, vitamin B deficiency, mitochondrial disease, and the necessity of taking statin drugs.

The other absolutely fabulous thing about CoQ10 is that it has almost no negative side effects. Medications for cardiovascular disease have such side effects as fatigue, nausea, and dizziness.

CoQ10 has the power to:

  • Maintain heart and brain health
  • Boost energy
  • Enhance immunity
  • Support muscle and bone strength
  • Regulate blood sugar
  • Enhance blood flow & protect blood vessels
  • Protect cells from free radicals

Make sure you get a pure version. Many supplements contain ineffective and potentially harmful additives, such as artificial fillers and colors. Binders, including magnesium stearate, chromium, and silicon dioxide, are other infamous additives to avoid.

If you want to start on this supplement, make sure you look for the following:

Clinically proven potency levels. In clinical studies, the amount of CoQ10 proven to be effective ranges between 100-200 mg per serving.

Delivered in gel caps. Your body can't easily absorb tablets composed of powdered CoQ10, so try finding a supplement that delivers your coenzyme inside gel capsules.

Guarantees. You need time to try any product, especially CoQ10. A company that's confident in its CoQ10 will offer, at minimum, a 100 percent 45-day product guarantee.

Get the right form. There are two forms of CoQ10 ubiquinol and ubiquinone. Researchers have found that ubiquinone is the safer and more clinically studied choice.

I like CoQ10 by Essential Elements and Sports Research.

In general, when you are shopping supplements, first, identify a specific health issue you would like to improve, then research not only the supplement but also what company is producing it to ensure the best results!

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Renae Norton is a psychologist. For more information, visit her website, Eating Disorder Pro.

This article was originally published at Eating Disorder Pro. Reprinted with permission from the author.