Our Top 5: Supplements
In the second of our series: top five available in Kinsale town, we discuss the best supplements you can find in any of the pharmacies around town.
These are the most multi-purpose supplements that will help to keep us healthy. Obviously our diet is the most important part but there are a few additions that might just help us to protect ourselves.
The frustrating part about the following 5 supplements is that we won’t know if they are ‘working’ as such, however often when we stop taking them it becomes apparent that they may have been helping all along. The other point to note is that if we are deficient in something specifically, it can take a long time to bring it up to the correct level in our bodies so don’t expect instant miracles.
- A good multi-vitamin
Probably the most multi-purpose supplement s a good multi-vitamin as most will contain from 75% to 100% your recommended allowance of each of the vitamins. Make sure you have a look at the back of the packet which will tell you exactly what percentage it contains. Then you can assess whether or not you might need additional support in certain areas. Multi-vitamins are almost always safe but ask your GP if you are in doubt. Pregnant women for example need to watch their Vitamin A intake but this is just one example.
- A joint supplement
Glucosamine and/or chondroitin are the most likely active ingredients found in joint support supplements. Regardless of your age, activity level or weight chances are your joints would benefit from some support. A calcium and/or magnesium supplement can also help here but often they can all be found together. Again, discuss with your pharmacist or GP if in doubt. The latter ingredients can also help if you suffer from severe muscle pain and/or cramps.
- Fish oils/Omega 3 oils
Good fats are essential to the functioning of the human body. We hear a lot about the Omega’s 3, 6 and 9. In fact, we usually get enough of the Omega’s 6 and 9 so it is usually Omega 3 in which we are lacking. This is sourced mainly from fish oils so they are the easiest and least expensive supplements to get.
- Whey protein/Vegetarian protein
A huge proportion of the clients who come through our doors are eating a diet which is too low in protein. We, in the western world love our carbs and we usually rely on them as the foundation of our meals. However, protein is the only macronutrient which can help our body to recover from the stressed of everyday life. Making a quick protein shake or adding it to your porridge can increase your intake by 20/25g depending on the brand.
- Super greens
These are just an easy way of getting some green vegetables into your diet in a smoothie or shake for breakfast. The taste does take some getting used to but it is well worth persevering with. They are very low calorie too so add some fruit to your smoothie and you won’t even taste them.
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