Marie ParksEver wonder if there are supplements you’re not taking but should be? Regardless of what may be already in your regimen, a number of these may be worth adding into your daily mix.
A common "baseline" supplement regimen consists of a multivitamin, fish oil, vitamin D and CoQ10. And all those are super important, but they’re merely the foundation of an ideal health plan.
So here’s a list of five supplements you’re probably not taking but should definitely consider.
AMPK ActivatorsTwo plant extracts, Gynostemma Pentaphyllum and trans-tiliroside, activate the enzyme AMPK (adenosine monophosphate-activated protein kinase).1,2
When activated, AMPK has several effects such as turning off signals that cause age-related damage (resulting in vitality and a longer life span),3 decreasing fat storage,4 5,6 producing new mitochondria for increased energy,7 and helping to support blood sugar and cholesterol levels already within normal range.8,9,10
Pine Bark ExtractPine bark extract contains beneficial procyanidins and bioflavonoids that act on various aspects of health!
Pine bark extract provides beauty from within by rejuvenating skin hydration and pigmentation.11,12,13 It also helps support healthy and normal blood pressure14,15 and blood sugar,16,17 and has been shown to promote healing from diabetic complications eye and skin issues.18,19 Furthermore, pine bark extract not only helps shield brain cells from damage, but it also can help with memory and attention!20
PS (Phosphatidylserine)Being a large component of brain tissue, PS is necessary for healthy cell and neural function. More specifically, it supports nerve cell membranes in the brain for optimal focus and recall.21
The brain-supporting ability of PS may be particularly beneficial in children with ADHD as it has been shown to mitigate some of the symptoms such as lack of attention and short-term memory.22Additionally, PS promotes a better mood and aids in stress management!23
Nicotinamide RibosideNicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+) is found in every cell in your body and helps to enhance youthfulness and longevity by activating sirtuins.24
Sirtuin activation has numerous health benefits such as modulating metabolism and favorably reducing fat storage,25,26 supercharging energy and endurance by helping release fuel from glucose,27 and reducing amyloid plaque build-up associated with Alzheimer’s disease.28
Nicotinamide riboside is a patented ingredient that has been shown to help increase cellular levels of NAD+ in the body. 29,30
ChlorophyllinChlorophyllin is a mixture of sodium copper salts that is derived from chlorophyll. It has various cell-protecting properties, which are important as we are exposed to environmental toxins on a daily basis.
Chlorophyllin has exhibited the ability to bind to and help rid the body of dangerous toxins31,32 and protect organs like the liver against damage from fungal toxins such as aflatoxin.33, 34
In regards to cellular function, chlorophyllin triggers abnormal cells to die off (apoptosis),35 inhibits unhealthy cells from spreading by activating E-cadherin,36 and reduces tumor formation by decreasing blood flow to dangerous cells.37
Chlorophyllin can also help maintain a normal white blood cell count and boost immune function.38
The Bottom LineSome of you might be taking some — or all — of these supplements. Great! Hopefully we’ve reiterated their importance. For those who aren’t taking them, hopefully we’ve conveyed the benefits you can get from them.
Of course, everyone has a unique biochemistry, as well as different health concerns and goals, so you have to ask yourself what these are and then look at what combination of nutrients best supports them.
Don’t forget! If you need help figuring out a regimen that is most appropriate, feel free to call our Health Advisors for free at 1-800-226-2370.
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