The best source of nutrients is a healthy, balanced diet comprised of fresh, whole foods and an abundance leafy green vegetables. However, people who strive to eat a healthy diet can sometimes fail to consume optimal levels of essential nutrients due to deficiency in soils and long transport and shelf life in our grocery foods. These nutritional deficiencies can cause a wide range of ailments such as chronic inflammation and muscle pain. Nutritional supplements when taken appropriately can be beneficial to almost everyone. Optimal levels of the nutrients below is essential for fat loss.
Here are the top 5 supplements we recommend:
- High quality fish oil
EPA is responsible for reducing inflammation and DHA is responsible for brain function. Research suggests omega-3s improve cardiovascular function and normalizing triglycerides.
- Vitamin D3
Vitamin D3 is a hormone made from cholesterol, responsible for gene transcription. There are Vitamin D receptors in 30 different tissues, notably immune cells. Vitamin D3 supplementation has been shown to improve immune system and lower the risk of depression.
Zinc acts as an antioxidant and is responsible for normalizing testosterone and growth hormone levels, improve male and female fertility, healthy insulin action and regulates dopamine (an energizing neurotransmitter that gives you drive and focus).
Magnesium is a mineral that is a cofactor in over 300 different enzymes, and is responsible for cell regulation, cardiovascular function, glucose sensitivity and muscle repair. Magnesium supplementation has been shown to improve sleep and inflammatory markers.
Trace mineral and elements supports hepatic detoxification. Excess toxins that are not removed by the liver are stored in fat cells.
Choosing the right supplement
Not all supplements are created equally. Avoid “No Name” brands and look for active forms of vitamins. Many poor quality supplements are made with incomplete, inactive forms or even soy fillers–you get what you pay for!
If you wish to improve your health with supplements on top of nutritious, wholesome meals, make sure you choose:
- High quality active forms
- Made without fillers (Note: some fillers are used as a stabilizing agent. Make sure you check!)
- Third party tested
Unsure how to select supplements for what your body needs? Schedule an assessment with one of our Biosignature Practitioner and learn more about how you may be nutrient deficient and how we can help.