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Optimize Your Health: Supplements I Recommend

While I don’t recommend exclusively relying on supplements for your overall health, there are certainly an abundance of supportive supplements you can take to enhance your health and well-being. 



 

It is important to get your blood levels checked on the following and supplement in times of deficits as oral supplementation should always be targeted. Here are a few I recommend: 


Iron/Ferritin 

Iron is an essential mineral and can be naturally found in legumes, oats, broccoli, seeds and meat. It is an important component of hemoglobin, the red blood cells’ protein carrying oxygen. Iron deficiency is most common in women and in people following an unbalanced vegan/vegetarian diet. It can lead to anemia with signs of fatigue, pale skin, headaches, and shortness of breath. Iron uptake may be improved in combination with vitamin C, while milk/caffeine and calcium supplements may lower its absorption.


Omega-3

Omega-3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fatty acids, which cannot be synthesized by the human organism and therefore need to be obtained through the diet. Sources include legumes, lentils, lupins, algae, nuts, seeds and fish. They exert anti-inflammatory effects in countless signaling pathways. Deficits may correlate with reduced cardiovascular health, inflammatory skin diseases and reduced cognitive status.


Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12/cobalamin is an essential vitamin naturally found in nutritional yeast and animal products. It is essential for amino acid metabolism. Deficits are especially seen in people following a strict vegan/vegetarian diet and may present as a feeling of weakness, tiredness, and confusion. Uptake is compromised when suffering from chronic atrophic gastritis.


Zinc

Zinc is an essential trace element, unexchangeable in many enzymatic reactions with anti-inflammatory properties. Deficits are common and may present as recurrent skin inflammation and reduced wound healing.



Always speak with a trusted practitioner before supplementing to identify your body’s unique needs.



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Martini L, Pecoraro L, Salvottini C et al. Appropriate and inappropriate vitamin supplementation in children. J Nutr Sci 2020; 9: e20

 


Peyrin-Biroulet L, Williet N, Cacoub P. Guidelines on the diagnosis and treatment of iron deficiency across indications: a systematic review. Am J Clin Nutr 2015; 102: 1585-1594



Filipovic MG, Aeschbacher S, Reiner MF et al. Whole blood omega-3 fatty acid concentrations are inversely associated with blood pressure in young, healthy adults. J Hypertens 2018; 36: 1548-1554

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