We look at the top five nutritional supplements in popular use for good health and a good life...
Before we discuss the top five nutritional supplements in generic terms - no brand names will be mentioned here - we have to emphasize an important reminder that many people still fail to understand. Nutritional supplements in any form (liquid or solid), any type (fat or water-soluble) and offering any kind of benefit (healthy body, sound mind or anti-aging) are just that - supplements added to a healthy diet, exercise and lifestyle program, no more, no less.
First on the list of the top five health nutritional supplements is the general category of the sports nutrition (at Amazon) supplements, which include weight loss and sports performance pills for obvious reasons. You will find tablets, powders, formulas and drinks for hydration, nutrition and enhancement of physical performance with substances like amino acids, creatine, protein and fat burners. Many of these supplements also contain caffeine, a stimulant, to provide the individual a slight edge in competition.
Americans are on a diet that provides for woefully insufficient
amounts of calcium, which performs many functions in the body aside
from stronger bones and healthier joints. We always recommend getting
your calcium from natural food sources like dairy products, dark leafy
green vegetables, beans, soybeans, raisins and fish instead of health
nutritional supplements. But if you must take calcium supplements, the
best forms are the citrate and lactate ones since these are better
absorbed by the body. See: Calcium
This is one group of vitamins that many healthy individuals with a
healthy diet can skip on supplementation but still resorts to it in the
mistaken belief that the more B vitamins, the better. But there is such
a thing as vitamin overdose and B vitamins are no exception. The people
who will benefit the most from B vitamin supplementation are older
persons as well as people who have underlying medical conditions or who
are taking medications that affect absorption into the body. See (B
Vitamins at Amazon.com).
With millions of people suffering from mild to severe joint pain,
it's no wonder that glucosamine and chondroitin are highly popular
health nutritional supplements. After all, healthy joints are essential
in living a healthy life especially where the exercise part is
concerned. Keep in mind, however, that not all people will benefit from
the combination so ask your doctor about it. See Amazon.com's
Another nutritional supplement high on the list of many people is fish oil. But you must not take it unless your doctor prescribed it as there are side effects that will do more harm than the good fish oil can do. When taken properly, fish oil supplement provides cardiovascular protective benefits because of the onega-3 content.
In the end, the above mentioned health nutritional supplements boost your body's ability to absorb nutrients that may not be available from a healthy diet or may not be absorbed effectively for other reasons. But be careful in using these products as even a good thing can lead to bad effects when abused.
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