If there’s one thing we will always go back to, it’s the fundamentals — the basics of supplementation. The information hasn’t changed. The benefits haven’t either.
We just wanted to give you a quick review as to why we consider these seven supplements the most basic building blocks in our line up. One quick note, none of this will matter if you don’t start with a healthy diet, exercise, and proper amounts of sleep. Those are things we can’t really supplement. Once you’re doing that, here’s what we think EVERYONE should look into:
- Multivitamin – It is well-established that good nutrition promotes health, while nutritional deficiencies can lead to many chronic diseases. Yet, many people underestimate the importance of achieving proper levels of micronutrients each day. One of the ways to help get the proper nutrition is through daily multi-vitamins which contain a host of nutrients and micronutrients, which are often overlooked but vital to your health.
- Probiotics – are any of a whole host of beneficial bacteria your body needs to function properly and help fight infection from bad bacteria as well as helping to keep things clean. The healthy human intestine is host to 100,000,000,000,000 bacteria (that’s 100 Trillion)! There are, quite literally, more bacteria in your body than cells (scientists estimate you have about 1 trillion). In your gut, they are absolutely critical for breaking down food and nutrients, making them more absorbable by your body.
- CoQ10 – also called Ubiquinone, is found in every cell of your body. Its primary function is to aid in creating ATP (cell energy). CoQ10 is at play in about 95% of the energy your body produces. As such, organs that have the highest energy requirements (heart, liver, and kidneys) have the highest concentration of CoQ10. In addition to that, CoQ10 is an antioxidant, helping to rid the body of free radicals. It is very useful as an anti-inflammatory on a cellular level, and studies have shown it is useful in treating general inflammation, reducing the frequency of, and pain in, migraines, and slowing the progression of Parkinson’s. It may improve ejection fractions in patients with congestive heart failure, and improve glucose and HbA1c levels, and help male infertility by improving the quality of sperm, as well as dozens of other health challenges and disease states.
- Omega-3 – There’s a difference between fats and Omega-3 fats are polyunsaturated which makes them part of the good fat team. They are precursors to prostaglandins and they help reduce arthritis, eczema, headaches, migraines, high blood pressure, ADD and ADHD symptoms, inflammation, auto-immune diseases, osteoporosis, breast cancer, and other conditions. Not only do they help prevent diseases, but omega-3s can also increase the growth of neurons in your brain and are associated with higher intelligence and improved memory function. Omega-3s help reduce your risk of heart disease by creating more stable arterial plaque. Omega-3s even reduce the risk of prostate cancer.
- Red Yeast Rice – A real winner when it comes to fighting bad cholesterol which is good news for those who literally can’t tolerate the traditional cholesterol medicines. Two studies supported by NCCIH have indicated that some people who had been unable to tolerate “statin” drugs because of side effects were able to tolerate red yeast rice and it works just as well as the prescription drugs.
- Melatonin – Melatonin is a hormone made in the pineal gland that causes drowsiness and encourages deeper levels of sleep. Blue light (daytime sunlight) suppresses its secretion. When the sun goes down, the gland begins secretion encouraging you to go to sleep. Sleep is when your body goes into repair mode. It takes AT LEAST six hours a night for your brain to be able to detoxify and clean itself.
- Magnesium – Magnesium is a mineral used in several different areas of your body. It plays a key role in cellular energy production, regulates muscle and nerve function, aids in bowel movements, and comprises much of bones and teeth. In addition to all of that, magnesium has been shown to be effective in treating cardiovascular issues, diabetes, migraines, asthma, and muscle cramps. It neutralizes acids (commonly in medications) and replaces depletions caused by other medications.
Not only are those seven the most frequently recommended and best-researched supplements on the market, but they’re also useful for nearly everyone! We strongly suggest that if you’re not taking a multivitamin, probiotics, and omega-3 supplement, you should be! It’s of the utmost importance that you give your body these fundamental supplements. They are critical to your vitality!