1. Daily Multi-Vitamin (MVI)
If you're not 100% positive that you are eating the right quantities of all the essential nutrients daily, then a multivitamin may be beneficial to take daily. Taking an MVI can help increase your energy levels, support your immune system and help support your overall health.
Research continues to show that Omega 3's EPA and DHA lower triglycerides improve heart health. This nutrient also reduces inflammation in the joints, blood vessels and other areas in the body. There are many other health benefits of Omega-3's so if you aren't consuming the recommended 2-3 servings of fatty fish per week, be sure to take a supplement daily.
3. Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs)
Leucine, isoleucine and valine make up the branched chain amino acids. These are essential amino acids that must be obtained from our food supply. There are several benefits of BCAAs and one of the most commonly recognized is its role in muscle recovery, muscle repair, reducing muscle breakdown during intense exercising, and building protein in muscle tissue; a must have if you work out.
This is the most abundant amino acid in the body and also one of the most abundant in the skeletal muscle. It plays a role in fueling the cells of our intestines, immune system, brain and skeletal system. It helps with protein synthesis, protein recovery, and prevents catabolism after an intense workout session. Levels tend to drop during a heavy workout so it's wise to supplement.
5. Pre-Digested Protein
For fast digestion and absorption of protein, predigested or hydrolyzed protein is the way to go. It also tends to be more easily tolerated by our gut and typically doesn't cause bloating like many other proteins do.
6. Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA)
Is a great weight loss supplement because it aids in decreasing body fat while preserving and increasing lean muscle mass. Overall it’s a great metabolism booster and research has shown that it lowers insulin resistance, cholesterol and triglycerides.
Derived from the amino acids methionine and lysine, this supplement has shown to be a natural effective fat burner utilizing fat for energy. It has also been shown to increase athletic performance, speed recovery time and improve the function of our brains.
8. Glucosamine + Chondroitin
These two nutrients are beneficial when it comes to the health of our joints. Glucosamine and chondroitin are compounds naturally found in healthy cartilage. Glucosamine helps with the production of collagen in cartilage, bones, and tendons, and thickens synovial fluid (lubricates joints). Chondroitin helps with preventing cartilage damage and helps produce new cartilage.
Probiotics are live microorganisms that have been shown to have many health benefits. Probiotics are often referred to as "good bacteria" because they can help restore the natural balance of gut bacteria. Imbalances often occur in our gut and this means that there is too much bad bacteria and not enough good bacteria due to a variety of reasons (medication, illness, poor diet). Studies have shown that probiotics taken regularly can improve your digestive health, immune system, mood, and energy levels due to increased nutrient absorption, help with allergies, and improvement of some medical conditions.
An essential amino acid, this is the precursor to nitric oxide as vasodilator. When blood vessels are expanded, this causes an increase in nutrient and oxygen distribution to the muscle resulting in improved performance during physical activity. Other health benefits of L-Arginine include fighting infection and may help treat heart disease.