Written By Lizzie Weakley / Reviewed By Ray Spotts
You already know that biotin makes your hair grow and vitamin C staves off a cold, but what about a supplement that can help control your blood sugar or slow down the aging process? Research is just scratching the surface of what different nutrients can do for your body.
While it's better to get vital nutrients from food, some are more effective in the high doses that are only available in supplements. If you're ready to look and feel like your best self, try one of these four great supplements that you may not know about.
Are you one of the 47 million Americans with metabolic syndrome? Inositol can help. This naturally occurring nutrient plays an important role in your body's metabolic processes and can help regulate insulin and sugar levels in the blood. This supplement can make losing body fat easier and is often used as an adjunct therapy in metabolic disorders like diabetes and polycystic ovarian syndrome.
One of the most treasured herbs in traditional Chinese medicine, astragalus contains two potent substances that can help slow the signs of aging. Cycloastragenols and astragalosides activate an enzyme called telomerase that helps prevent telomere shortening. Telomeres are a cell structure associated with age-related disease and mortality, which means that using nutritional supplements for telomere activity can help you look and feel younger.
Do you have high cholesterol? A supplement called glucomannan can help lower both total and LDL cholesterol levels when used alone or in combination with prescription statins. Glucomannan can also help with digestive disorders like irritable bowel syndrome, stomach viruses, medication-induced constipation and bacterial imbalance following a course of antibiotics. Consider keeping a bottle of glucomannan in your medicine cabinet to help with tummy troubles.
If you frequently use over-the-counter pain medications, give milk thistle a try the next time you need something for a headache, sore muscles or joint pain. A powerful anti-inflammatory, milk thistle supplements carry fewer risks and side effects than other medications. Milk thistle also improves liver function, so it can also be helpful for heavy drinkers or as a complementary therapy in patients with liver disease.
If you're thinking of adding a new supplement to your routine, remember to visit with your doctor first. While supplements are generally safe, some are contraindicated for people with certain medical conditions or may interact with other medications. Only your doctor can evaluate whether a particular supplement is safe and beneficial for you.
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Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her three-year-old husky, Snowball.
Founder Ray Spotts has a passion for all things natural and has made a life study of nature as it relates to health and well-being. Ray became a forerunner bringing products to market that are extraordinarily effective and free from potentially harmful chemicals and additives. For this reason Ray formed Trusted Health Products, a company you can trust for clean, effective, and healthy products. Ray is an organic gardener, likes fishing, hiking, and teaching and mentoring people to start new businesses. You can get his book for free, “How To Succeed In Business Based On God’s Word,” at www.rayspotts.com