Three Supplements to Improve your Health
Supplements are a key part of a wellness routine
This next step towards a healthier life is so crucial: Take some high quality nutritional supplements. Even if you eat a healthy diet, you are likely still missing out on some key things your body needs. It’s very difficult in our day and age to get all we need from our food supply. Depleted soils mean food just doesn’t pack the nutritional punch it used to. Plus if you have any health issues, your nutritional needs can be even greater.
I take a multivitamin/mineral food nutrient complex, essential oil omega complex, and a cellular vitality complex. The trio work well together to give me a solid nutritional foundation, and this is especially important if you have a chronic issue like Rheumatoid Arthritis. I honestly didn’t think I needed them until I started taking them. I couldn’t justify the expense. Until I could. Absolutely essential.
What are some of the benefits of the supplements I take?
Well here’s a short list: Antioxidant and DNA protection, Energy metabolism, Bone health, Immune function, Stress management, Cardiovascular health, Healthy hair, skin, and nails, Eye, brain, nervous system, Liver function and digestive health, Lung and respiratory health — sounds great doesn’t it?
If you’re like me, you want more detail than that. So what are a couple of the key components and how do they help?
Omega fatty acids help support joint, cardiovascular, and brain health, and support healthy immune function. There have been studies done that show a benefit between Omega-3s and improved auto-immune condtions The vast majority of people do not get enough Omega-3s and get WAY too many Omega-6 oils (we get these from fried and fatty foods). While our diets must include some omega-6 fattyacids as essential nutrients for life, the disproportionate consumption of omega-6 fatty acids and other unhealthy hydrogenated or trans fats has been linked to poor health. Studies also link low intake of omega-3 fatty acids to reduced mood and cognitive function. doTERRA’s xEOMega provides 950 milligrams of marine lipids (providing 300 mg of EPA, 300 mg of DHA, and 55 mg of other omega 3s), and a blend of 210 mg of plant-sourced fatty acids.
So what’s a polyphenol anyway?
Antioxidants and Polyphenols – “At its core, an antioxidant is simply a chemical (natural, synthetic, or even manufactured by our own body) that can help protect against cell damage by counteracting the destructive action of free radicals—highly reactive molecules with a single unpaired electron in their outer ring. While your body has its own endogenous (internal) mechanisms to produce antioxidants, it is not enough to meet your body’s requirements; the rest must come from your diet. Also, your own natural production of antioxidants declines as you age, so it becomes progressively more important to acquire them through diet. Due to their free radical scavenging properties, antioxidants are believed to be one of the most important aspects of nutrition for lifelong vitality and wellness.”
“Polyphenols, generally referred to as a subset of antioxidants, are plant-based molecules that have antioxidant properties. In the human diet, they are the most common source of natural antioxidants. Currently over 8,000 different polyphenols have been identified, categorized into four distinct groups (phenolic acids, lignans, stilbenes, and flavonoids) based on the number of phenolic rings in their chemical structure. Flavanoids are the most common group, with over 4,000 different compounds already discovered. Along with their known antioxidant properties, flavonoids are known to support healthy liver function, circulatory health, enzyme function, and normal reactions to stress. As a subset of antioxidants, polyphenols are among the most important substances we consume for vitality and wellness.” (doTERRA Science Blog)
My cellular vitality complex, Alpha CRS, contains Proanthocyanidins from grape seed, baicalin from scutellaria root, quercetin from the Japanese Pagoda Tree, boswellic acids from Frankincense, resveratrol from Japanese knotweed, ellagic acid from pomegranate extract, and curcumin from turmeric root. These ingredients combine to counteract free radical action and support healthy cellular function. So as you can see, it’s packed with amazing ingedients. I stopped taking this supplement at one point because I wasn’t sure if it was something I really needed or not. Well. I’m back on it again and will do my best to never be without it again.
Give these supplements a try. Personally, I use the Lifelong Vitality pack, and it has been an amazing investment in my overall health. I challenge you to give them a try for a few months. You’ll be SO glad you did!
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