6 Nutritional Supplements and Foods That Can Improve Your Health
Coenzyme Q10 This nutrient is believed to help the body ward off certain cancers and infections, and a deficiency of coenzyme Q10 has been linked to Graves' disease—a thyroid condition—and thyroid cancer, among other ailments.
Statin medications, for example, lower cholesterol but also inhibit biochemical pathways for coenzyme Q10. And while statins lower cholesterol, the resulting depletion of coenzyme Q10 may increase the likelihood of dying from heart failure,
A coenzyme Q10 supplement in the range of for people with most forms of heart disease can be a solution,
Some studies have shown a benefit to taking a coenzyme Q10 supplement both as a preventive and supportive treatment for people who have had heart attacks. Beta blockers and some antidepressants can also deplete the body's supply of coenzyme Q10,
Most people know they need to get a sufficient amount of calcium, but not everyone knows that vitamin D is important, too, vitamin D, also known as the "sunshine vitamin," helps protect against cancer, diabetes, heart disease, colds, flu, tuberculosis, and more,
taking 1,000 or 2,000 international units per day," of vitamin D,
Omega-3 fatty acids
Omega-3s are helpful for many conditions, such as depression, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and asthma, Those looking to beef up on omega-3s can eat more fatty fish, like salmon, sardines, and tuna. But "if you don't get fish a couple of times a week, you can also take a supplement," "Each of your cells has a membrane around it, and omega-3 fatty acids actually have a positive effect on the membrane, making it more permeable and fluid so that nutrients can get into your cells,"
Lutein and zeaxanthin
These carotenoids calls "natural sunglasses." Fruits and vegetables contain these orange and yellow pigments, which "decrease sensitivity to glare and help prevent or treat macular degeneration," If you experience discomfort from glare—while looking at a computer screen or from oncoming headlights at night—you might want to consider lutein and zeaxanthin supplements, these nutrients may also help protect against the development of cataracts, and ongoing research is looking into how these nutrients may be protect against other age-related eye diseases.
The best way to get more lutein and zeaxanthin is to eat more green, leafy vegetables, as well as red peppers, okra, parsley, dill, celery, blackberries, carrots, tomatoes, corn, egg yolks, and paprika,
If you suffer from insomnia, a L-theanine supplement might be the ticket to a good night's rest. This amino acid, also found in green v, works to induce sleep because it's one of the building blocks of GABA, a neurotransmitter that has a calming effect on the body. For the best results, take a supplement 30 minutes before bedtime, Those who take this supplement should start with 30 milligram at first, then can safely build up to 300 milligrams nightly
Three key B vitamins
B6, for instance, is helpful for women with depression that's tied to premenstrual syndrome, and can be obtained by eating more fortified breakfast cereals, fish, peanut butter, bananas, and chicken.
B12 can help people struggling with memory problems, both old and young alike, and can be found in eggs, milk, seafood, meat, and fortified breakfast cereals.
Taking 2.6 milligrams of a biotin supplement (a type of B vitamin) for six months can help strengthen brittle nails, Feinstein says.