No, you don’t need to be a gym rat to need supplements. Truth is, at this time and age we can’t get enough fuel from food only. But our bodies need enough of certain vitamins and nutrients to function properly. And of course the supplements we should take depend on our age, activity level and general health, but in this post I will share with you the must-haves for any woman, no matter how old or active they are. This are the best supplements for women:
According to MedLine Plus, antioxidants are either man-made or natural substances that may prevent or delay some types of cell damage. You can get them separately, or stacked in one pill. Out of all these, in my opinion, you should always consume enough Vitamin C, because not only it is important for your skin, but it also helps healing your bones, and connective tissue. Other antioxidants are:
This supplement is good if you have trouble to go to sleep. It is a naturally occurring hormone that takes place in the sleep cycle process. It is drug-free, and a short-term treatment of prolonged-release melatonin is effective and safe in improving sleep quality and daytime alertness.
There are mixed feelings about this supplement. Now, it is supposed to improve your hair, skin and nails. But some people find it useless since they have not experienced any good results from it. Others, swear by it and cannot live without it. And a few others, like myself, are somewhere in-between. I always had bad skin so I do not expect any supplement to do wonders for my skin appearance. But biotin certainly has improved my hair growth and my nails. There are some other good brands out there, but my hair grows on average 1cm a month when I am taking This gummies, if not, 5 months could pass and I would not notice any growth whatsoever. And before the gummies I tried biotin pills, and I noticed NOTHING. So, my suggestion here is, try it and see if it works for you. But you need patience. It can take up to 3 months to start showing results with any brand( I saw results with these in less than 2 weeks).
Fish oil contains omega-3, and it is like health in pill form. It literally has dozens of benefits for men and women, it lowers your cholesterol, it reduces joint pain, it promotes fat loss(it literally turns your body into a better nutrient partitioner and along with proper nutrition it does change your body composition), it is an anti-inflammatory, it improves brain function, it is good for your heart, etc. Also, this the brand I use, it is the best out there in my opinion. I like its purity(meet standards for heavy metals), potency(adequate amount of EPA and DHA) and cost. But if you find a better one, do share please!
The next 3 supplement recommendations are for those who are very active or into fitness.
Branched-chain amino acids is a supplement that prevent muscle breakdown, it helps with protein absorption and promotes endurance. It is a must-have if you lift or train hard.
This supplement is also an amino acid, and it helps mediate the transfer of fatty acids across your cell membranes, where they’re used for healthy energy production according to this source. Again, there are L-carnitine pills, but in my opinion the best is liquid form and the one I use is this one.
I recommend getting your nutrients mostly from whole foods. But sometimes we need that extra protein boost and we can get it from protein powder, and even replace a meal(occasionally), the point is not to skip meals, especially not skipping your protein.