For optimal health, diet is the best place to start—but it isn’t always enough. While we can meet our basic needs with nutrient-dense foods, the body generally needs an extra boost to reach its maximum potential. That’s where supplements come in. A multivitamin is an essential first step. Beyond that, we’ve put together a few tips to help you create the perfect supplement plan.
1. Take a high-quality multivitamin
Which multi should you take? Here are six top-tier multivitamins, hand-picked by the editors of Better Nutrition. In general, health food stores have the best selection of multivitamins.
|American Health More than a Multiple with Vision Essentials combines vitamins, minerals and a whole-food concentrate with a blend of herbs for total eye health (MacuVision Complex).|
|Carlson Labs Right One Daily Multiple with Fish Oil is a new one-a-day soft gel with 500 mg of fish oil concentrate and a full spectrum of nutrients for overall health and energy.|
|Floradix Kinder Love Children’s Multivitamin Supplement is prepared in a base of fruit juices, herbal extracts, maple syrup, honey, and rosehip. The tasty liquid is easy for young bodies to assimilate.|
|Hero Nutritionals Slice of Life Sugar-Free Multi + is a full spectrum of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients in a delicious gummy candy form (in assorted fruit flavors). All you need is one daily.|
|Natural Factors Men’s MultiStart VitaMin-A-Day for Men is a comprehensive blend of vitamins, minerals, and herbs, including saw palmetto for prostate health; zinc and bee pollen for immunity; and ginseng for energy.|
|NOW Foods Prenatal Gels + DHA is an award-winning prenatal multi that boasts 250 mg of DHA for optimal eye and brain development. It also contains borage oil. Use three soft gels daily.|
2. Boost immunity,
To support immunity and regulate inflammation, add an omega-3 supplement to your daily regimen. Quality is critical, so choose a brand that offers minimally processed, full-spectrum omega-3 oils, tested for heavy metals and toxins. Unfiltered, “cloudy” oils are generally best.
3. Protect your heart
Research shows that cardiovascular disease and heart failure are closely linked to elevated levels of a protein called galectin-3. Modified citrus pectin (MCP) is proven to bind and block excess galectin-3 for protection against heart disease and other conditions. It's also proven to safely remove heavy metals such as lead, mercury, and arsenic.
4. Strengthen your digestion
The digestive system is critically important for hormone balance, immunity, cognitive health, and more. To support digestion, use probiotic and prebiotic supplements. Probiotics supply friendly digestive bacteria, and prebiotics feed these bacteria with the right nutrients. Together, they help improve digestion, immunity, and more.
5. Increase your energy
As we age, our energy levels can decline. But with the right nutritional support, we can slow and even reverse this aging process. To boost your vitality, pick a gender-specific multivitamin, as men and women have different nutritional needs and unique requirements for optimal energy.