Many Americans take some sort of daily supplement. There is a reason that the supplement industry is a $40 billion business in the United States alone. We don’t always get the vitamins and minerals we need from our diet alone, so taking a daily pill, capsule, or chewable provides us our needed daily allowance.
It isn’t just vitamins and minerals that the supplement industry has products for. We can currently get supplements for protein, amino acids, herbs, caffeine, enzymes, and many other things we need. Below is a list of supplements that—if you aren’t already on them now—you should be taking by tomorrow.
People don’t realize how important protein is to the body. We all know protein builds muscle when combined with an exercise program. But your organs, tissue, and hormones are all made from protein as well. It helps every part of your body to grow and function properly. Plus, if you are overweight, protein can get you back on track. Eating foods high in protein leaves you feeling full longer. There won’t be room in your stomach for all that other high sugar and high fat junk.
There are many ways to get more protein in your body. Bodybuilders like to consume one gram of protein per pound of bodyweight a day. So if you weighed 220 pounds, then you would take in 220 grams of protein. However, most people don’t have to drastically increase their protein to match that. Increasing your protein intake can be as simple as eating more meat, fish, and nuts. Or if that sounds like a lot of daily work, throw in a protein shake each day into your eating habits. There are a lot of varieties, and we recommend staying away from the variety that are high in sugar with ingredients you can’t pronounce, and steering toward basic ingredients and with whey or plant protein. Eliminating the high fat, sugar, and gluten from your diet can only be a good thing.
Melatonin is a naturally produced hormone in your pineal gland that regulates sleep and wakefulness cycles. Levels of melatonin tend to rise in the evening, remaining high through the night before dropping in the morning. These levels are affected by light on a more daily basis, but age can affect melatonin levels long term. Those of advanced age can produce very low levels of melatonin, or none at all.
While some foods contain melatonin, you can also take melatonin supplements. Melatonin supplements are generally used to treat jet lag or insomnia. It is currently the only hormone on the market that does not require a prescription, but it is still important to be informed about the correct dosage and time of day required for particular sleep problems, as melatonin can be ineffective if used incorrectly.
While most melatonin supplements contain very low doses of the hormone, there are potential side effects. Taking a typical dose of the hormone may elevate your levels of melatonin anywhere from 1 to 20 times the normal amount. Sleepiness or drowsiness, vivid dreams, lowered body temperature, and changes in blood pressure are all possibilities when melatonin supplements are taken. However, these side effects will subside if intake of melatonin is halted.
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is produced at low amounts in the body. As you age, it becomes even less and less. It is a molecule that is required by all your trillions of cells. There are several benefits to CoQ10. One of the major ones has been how it helps people that have heart problems. It also is necessary for producing cellular energy and defending the body from free radicals.
There are foods that can raise your CoQ10 levels. Some of the more popular ones are grass-fed beef, sesame seeds, eggs, oranges, strawberries, and different types of fish. But the truth of the matter is that food can only supply a low level of CoQ10 to your body. This is why a person would be better off taking CoQ10 supplements that will raise your body’s levels even more.
NAD+ has been gaining popularity in the media the last couple years. Even the people who are not quite sure what it does is supplementing with it. So before you run out and add it to your daily regimen, let’s learn some of the basics. NAD+ stands for nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, and is found in your cells. It sounds like it would be pretty important then, right?
NAD+ is present in many key cellular functions, from energy production to circadian rhythm regulation to metabolic processes. As we get older, our NAD+ levels tend to decline, which can subsequently affect the aforementioned processes.
The good news is that there are ways to increase our NAD+ levels. You can try to eat a healthy diet, and make sure to exercise regularly as this is believed to support NAD+ levels. In addition, there are supplements you can take to raise your NAD+ levels.
A company named Elysium Health offers Basis, a supplement that has been proven to increase NAD+ levels by up to 40% during their clinical human trials. All it takes is two capsules of Basis a day that can be added into your daily vitamin routine.
These are all supplements that can be added into your morning routine. It should be interesting to see how much better you feel after a few months of trying these supplements out.