Multi Vitamin & Minerals
The foods you eat don’t often supply the required amount of vitamins and minerals for your body. Even if you are eating a well rounded meals every day (which most people don’t), you cannot be sure of various factors such as the soil the plants came from, how the animals have been raised, how long the products have been sitting on the shelf. Yet all these factors affect the nutrition content in the foods you eat. Fill the gaps in nutrition with a good quality supplements.
Make sure your multi is organic, and has adequate levels of these minerals – Calcium, Magnesium, Iodine, Selenium, Zinc, Copper, Manganese, Chromium, Molybdenum, and potassium.
Many of these minerals play a key role in your skin’s health.
Here are some other things you should look for in your daily supplements:
Look for a multi with plenty of phytonutrients. These are essentially plant concentrates that offer you a rich blend of anti-oxidants.
EPA and DHA are essential fatty acids that are especially important for women. They help maintain normal blood triglyceride levels, healthy blood flow, enhance joint mobility, and promote normal brain function. They are also shown to significantly reduce the risk of heart disease.
Biotin for Hair, Skin, and Nails
Biotin is a B-Vitamin that promotes strong, flexible nails, supports healthy hair, and encourages smooth, elastic skin. Make sure your multi vitamin has a good amount of biotin.
Protein plays a major role in helping you maintain a lean body mass, while sustaining energy and satiating hunger. Collagen and Elastin, the two ‘youth-proteins’ that keep your skin young and healthy are made from protein in your diet.
These ingredients are essential for healthy bone metabolism, and in order to maintain strong bones. Women are more at risk for osteoporosis than men. Also, as we age we need more supplementation as the absorption from foods keeps reducing.
Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium for strong bones and teeth, and new research shows that it also supports breast, colon, and immune system health. Most people don’t get enough Vitamin D, and we need to supplement.
CoQ10 is a fat-soluble nutrient that helps all the cells produce energy. Large organs, especially the heart, liver, and kidneys, burn large amounts of energy and therefore require large amounts of CoQ10. As we age, our body produces less of CoQ10 and supplementation can help.
Vitamin C and Vitamin E
Vitamin C and E are excellent anti-oxidants, and adequate amounts of them in your diet will repair any skin damage caused by your lifestyle and environmental factors.