It’s common knowledge that absorbing vitamins, such as Vitamin D, is necessary for a healthy body and lifestyle. However, most people do not have the time or energy to plan out balanced or nutritious meals every day. If you’re not taking the recommended amount of daily nutrients and vitamins, take supplements as a way to give your body the care and nutrition it needs. Here are different ways health supplements can help you:
1. Build muscle and strength
Before training and workouts, take fitness supplements that aid cell regeneration and recovery. Although supplements for fitness and sports nutrition are often associated with steroids and hormones, there are those available in natural or non-hormonal forms yet continue to be anabolic (muscle-building). Depending on the type of supplement, taking one capsule a day before a workout is enough to strengthen muscle and extend endurance.
2. Help with weight loss
When trying to lose weight, try supplements that contain vitamins for burning fat while converting food into energy. Weight loss supplements often contain B Vitamins, which are necessary for healthy skin, hair, eyes and liver and facilitate the body in using fats and protein. Supplements for weight loss that include Vitamins B6 and B9, also called folic acid, may prevent heart disease when taken together and can also maintain healthy cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
3. Relieve joint pain
To relieve joint pain from arthritis, take supplements that have omega-3 fatty acids, as part of an anti-inflammatory diet. Other vitamins and minerals to look for include glucosamine and chondroitin, both found naturally in the body’s joint cartilage and when taken, reduce joint pain and improve joint function.
4. Provide prenatal care
Prenatal supplements contain vitamins and minerals necessary not only for proper fetal growth and health but also to prevent negative health effects that may be caused by pregnancy. Take multi-vatamin supplements that have folic acid, iron and calcium, which are all important for proper prenatal care. During pregnancy, a woman should maintain healthy levels of iron and calcium to prevent iron-deficiency anemia and bone density loss from the baby using the mother’s calcium for bone growth.
5. Give bone support
While drinking milk and eating leafy greens help build bone strength, there’s another way to give bones support. For the prevention of bone loss and fractures associated with osteoporosis, take supplements that have calcium, Vitamin D and magnesium for bone strength and support. These supplements are also best absorbed when taken with food.
Discuss your body’s current state of health with your doctor before considering your options and dosage when taking health supplements. Whether for weight loss or building bone strength, take supplements to promote your well-being and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
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