When people fi nd out what I do for a living, they frequently ask for advice on what supplements to take for this or that condition. From my early days as a supplement editor, I’ve had a passion for helping people fi nd great natural products to enhance their lives. This is one of the reasons I love putting together our annual Best of Supplements Awards ( see “Taking the Lead” on p. 38).
As you read about exciting and innovative supplements on the market today in our awards section, I decided to compile my own list of supplement “winners”— these are some of the nutrients that I take daily. Vitamin C— I use a whole- food form derived from organic berries. Biotin— for hair, skin and nail health; biotin has helped strengthen my nails, which tend to peel and break easily. Cordyceps mushroom— for energy and immune health. I take this fi rst thing in the morning before eating anything and it gives me a gentle boost that I love. Multivitamin— this is a must for everyone. Probiotics— for overall health, including digestive and immune health; I always notice a diff erence in my health ( and even my skin!) if I forget to take these. Omega- 3 fats— for overall health, hormone balance, optimal brain function. ( I am currently trying a vegetarian form of DHA from algae that I really like.) Folic acid— for mood and hormone balance ( I use the 5- MTHF form). Green foods— for energy, detox, immunity, and gallbladder health ( chlorophyllrich nutrients help detoxify and process fat, which helps support gallbladder health). Artichoke Extract— again, for gallbladder health. Artichoke is extremely calming and nourishing for the gallbladder. Milk Thistle— this is one of my favorite herbs. It cleanses the liver, helps regenerate new liver cells, and, among many other things, is high in antioxidants. Turmeric— for infl ammation and liver health. CoQ10, as Kaneka QH ubiquinol ( this form is easier to absorb and utilize, according to studies). This is one of my all- time favorite supplements. It supports natural energy levels, heart health, immunity, and brain function. I would love to hear from you and am curious to know which supplements you take on a daily basis. Please email me at nbrechka@ aimmedia. com.
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