Supplements won’t negate the bad effects of overindulging in fast food. Supplements are just that, supplements. They can be useful in supplementing and optimising a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables—with the occasionally Subway treat.
Here are a few supplements I take regularly, with reasons why for each. I’m not a doctor, so these are just recommendations for the items I find beneficial, and which you might too. I suggest doing your own additional research into the pros and cons of any supplement before adding one to your diet.
1. Fish Oil (Omega 3)
Omega 3 is well known for it’s positive health effects. I lift weights a few times a week and take fish oil to support the wear and tear on my joints. When purchasing fish oil, make sure to check the omega 3 content. Code liver oil often contains zero omega 3, as do some other fish oil mixes, meaning they’re most likely void of the nutritional benefit you’re looking for.
A good quality multivitamin, from natural ingredients is a nice solution for plugging nutritional holes. I eat vegetables with every meal, and fruit with most, and supplement with a multivitamin once a day to make sure my bases are covered
3. Greens Powder
A greens supplement is very handy for times when you’re eating in a hurry and don’t have time to prepare vegetables. I really notice the effects on my digestion between meals which include vegetables, and those that don’t. A greens supplement can be mixed up in a shake quickly to make sure you’re getting your ‘greens’ when you’re in a hurry.
4. Alpha Brain
Alpha Brain is a nootropic, or cognitive enhancer from Onnit.com. It’s made from earth-grown nutrients mixed to optimise mental performance and alertness. A cool reported side effect is that Alpha Brain increased the chances of lucid dreaming occurring.
Creatine is one of the most researched sports supplements. Although is has a controversial reputation, positive effects have been shown of creatine helping to prevent degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. I take creatine to support my strength training.