Adding a few vitamins into your daily routine is perfect to ensure you get the nutrients your body needs. I personally never know what I’m going to be eating within the span of a day, so I like to know that regardless I’m giving my body what it needs. Vitamins and supplements are becoming very popular, and the aisle at the drug store can be intimidating. Always remember to talk with your doctor before adding vitamins or other supplements into your routine. Also be sure to consider drug interactions and other side effects when taking supplements.
The following list contains some common supplements and vitamins along with their purpose in relation to your health.
Vitamin D3: This vitamin is made naturally by the body when exposed to sunlight. During the winter, some people can experience seasonal affective disorder. Vitamin D3 has been shown to help lessen these symptoms.
B12: Vitamin B12 plays a role in brain and nervous system functioning. It is linked to helping lessen symptoms in autoimmune deficiencies.
Fish Oil: Fish oil is known to improve cognitive functioning and overall brain health. It also promotes healthy hair and skin. The omega-3 fatty acids are often credited with reducing inflammation within the body.
Multi Vitamin: This is possibly the easiest pill to factor into your daily routine. It ensures that you receive all the vitamins and minerals you need on a daily basis, along with the appropriate values of each. Try finding a multi vitamin formulated for your demographic such as women or teenage girl. These are known for promoting certain health concerns such as breast health.
Probiotics: This supplement is comprised of “good and helpful” bacteria that aid in digestion. Some claim that probiotics can help strengthen your immune system. Personally I find it helpful for digestion, especially with foods that contain dairy.
Calcium: As someone who is lactose intolerant, I definitely need to take a calcium supplement to make up for this deficiency in my diet. If you are able to eat plenty of diary throughout the day and can do so consistently, you probably don’t need to take this supplement. Your body actually needs vitamin D to absorb calcium, so try to find a brand that has this included as well.
Biotin: I honestly take biotin for hair, skin and nail health. Most people do not have a biotin deficiency and do not need additional biotin.
Zinc: Zinc is a miracle worker for the common cold. It has been shown to shorten the duration and intensity, which is perfect for those who are sensitive to medications. This is not something that should be taken daily as a solitary supplement but instead used as needed.
Understanding the terms used on labels and online while researching can be difficult, but luckily this WebMD guide puts it in simpler terms: WebMD Vitamin & Supplement Glossary