10 Dietary Supplements No Woman Should Go Without

Monday, September 09, 2013

 

If you have ever walked through the drugstore supplement aisle, you have likely been bombarded with a number of brands, types of supplements and concentration amounts, each of which promise to have grand results. For women, the decision to take a certain supplement can be rather difficult to make unless you have done the necessary research on the precise benefits that it has been scientifically proven to have. Before you head to the local drugstore to supplement your diet, ask yourself if you are currently taking some form of the following ten dietary supplements that no woman should go without.

  1. Iron – The production of red blood cells and proper cell growth all infringe on the amount of iron in a woman’s diet. Fatigue and anemia can set in should an individual have low iron intakes.
  2. Probiotics – Maintaining a health immune and digestive system are both done with the help of bacteria that can be found in probiotics.
  3. Omega 3 – Diets that are rich in Omega 3s wield a number of benefits for women, including reduced blood pressure, improved brain performance and reduced inflammation throughout the body. These fatty acids have also been shown to reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancers, heart disease and arthritis.
  4. Folate – Folate helps to maintain proper functioning of the brain by balancing the message-carrying molecules within it. Additionally, folate can help to prevent anemia and when taken during pregnancy it can reduce the likelihood of a fetus developing neural tube defects, according to the March of Dimes
  5. Calcium – Because adult women face a high likelihood of developing osteoporosis, Calcium is necessary to help maintain strong bones and teeth.
  6. Coenzyme Q10 – Coenzyme Q10 supplements have been found to improve cardiovascular health, enhance immunity and aid in increased energy for women who take them.
  7. Melatonin – For women, melatonin can help to manage hormone levels, including those which determine the time when a woman menstruates during the month and the duration of their cycles. 
  8. Vitamin C – Vitamin C is necessary to help the body grow and repair itself when free radicals can cause damage. Perhaps it is most widely recognized for its immune system boosting capabilities.
  9. Vitamin B – Vitamin B is responsible for helping to create energy within the body from the food that we consume. It also is responsible for helping us maintain a healthy metabolism, strong muscle tone and it helps to make skin, hair and nails healthy.
  10. Vitamin A – Vitamin A is responsible for the proper functioning of some of the most important systems within the human body, including skin, immunity and eyesight. Some research even points to Vitamin A aiding in the prevention of various types of cancers.

It is difficult to consume a daily diet that offers all of these vitamins and minerals in the precise concentrations that are right for women. For that reason supplementation is necessary to help truly maintain a healthy body at any age.

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