5 Main Food Supplements that Promote Health and Well-Being
As a nutritionist, biochemist and medical scientist, I do not recommend taking separate vitamins and minerals in the form of supplements unless you suffer from certain problems that require supplements with specific nutrients.
Overall, I am a fan of balance and balance cannot be achieved by adding a single nutrient.
However, I don’t recommend taking a “multivitamin” supplement where minerals and vitamins are combined into one tablet. Some nutrients should not be brought together in supplement form because they affect the absorption of one another, for example, iron and manganese, selenium and zinc, iron and zinc, selenium and vitamin C.
If you feel you need a little energy and want to add to your food, this is how I recommend it:
My recommendation is to supplement with food, especially “superfoods,” which are nutrient-rich foods and enzymes that improve health. This is all I recommend for people who eat varied foods. Some vegans may need B-12, but if they consistently consume particular superfoods that I will recommend shortly, they will not even need to supplement with B-12 regularly.
During times when the body has increased needs, for example during pregnancy, lactation, menstruation or during infection, we can add specific nutrients to support but regularly add to superfood enough to improve sustainable health.
Superfoods are called “Super” because they are very rich in nutrients.
Here is a short list of Key Food Supplements that Promote Health and Well-Being:
Cyanobacteria (plants such as organisms found in fresh lakes and salt water, also known as Blue-Green algae types) with very rich protein and nutritional content. Spirulina is also an ancient food source for the Aztecs. It is controversial if B-12 content from Spirulina can be used by humans, even though through my personal experience, it is a biologically active source for humans. I consume Spirulina almost every day, and so do all my children. However, there are some contradictions for consuming Spirulina; it should not be consumed by people with PKU (because it contains phenylalanine), and should also be avoided by people who use anticoagulant drugs (because of the rich content of vitamin K).
Spirulina is an extraordinary superfood that is also taken by astronauts during long-term space travel and has been well researched for its benefits with malnourished children, as well as people who suffer from allergies, as supplements for parents and to improve hypertension.
Chia seeds come from the mint family flowering plants. The seeds are very rich in omega three fatty acids and have a perfect balance between omega 3, 6, and nine fatty acids. Chia seeds also have high protein content and contain high levels of dietary fiber. Chia seeds also have an incredible amount of calcium, such as flaxseed and sesame seeds. To extract the maximum from this superfood, I suggest grinding it and adding it to your food, it has no taste and can be added easily to any dish. This superfood does not need to be taken as a supplement and can and should be consumed as food.
Barley and Wheatgrass
Barley and wheatgrass are young grasses in the early stages of growth, and therefore they have a different composition from more mature wheat or wheat which is considered grain than the younger version which is more similar to vegetables in its arrangement. When this grass grows, they change the composition from being rich in chlorophyll and minerals, becoming rich in cellulose (fiber). In their young grass phase, they have very high levels of antioxidants that have been shown to help the body eliminate cancer cells. They are also rich in digestive enzymes that help us break down and digest food more easily allowing food nutrients to become more available for the body’s needs.
Barley and wheat grass can be consumed every day and are also available in tablet form which I find very useful when the schedule is busy.
Probiotics are microorganisms that help us maintain a healthy balance between healthy microbes and harmful microbes in our intestinal flora. Probiotics also synthesize vitamins, including B-12, and have been shown to help us overcome the effects of stress.
They have also been shown to have health benefits for controlling allergies, treating diarrhea, improving overall health including gum health and overall immune health. There are so many studies that prove the benefits of probiotics on our health.
When you feel tired, stressed, bloated, have constipation or diarrhea, or after taking antibiotics, I recommend taking probiotic supplements with various types of probiotics. They are also important for babies and have now been added to most infant formulas.
I recommend taking probiotic supplements with a living culture of at least 50 billion and ten types of probiotics that are useful when stress increases, changes in life are significant, during constipation, when you don’t get enough sleep or after taking antibiotics.
Moringa oleifera also referred to as the drumstick tree (because of the appearance of the pod), is one of the traditional plants that has been eaten and used as a herbal medicine long before Western science recognized it. The most nutritious parts of the plant, the leaves, can be eaten raw, cooked or even powdered and added to sauces and soups. The leaves can also be used in capsule form. They are abundant in vitamins B, C, beta-carotene and minerals calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, and protein. Because of insufficient research, it is currently not recommended during pregnancy.
Moringa leaves contain several thousand times more powerful anti-aging zeatin nutrients, which have anti-aging properties in human skin fibroblasts more than any other known plant. Moringa leaves are also known to help prevent cancer by killing cancer cells and stopping tumor growth due to the particular antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer compounds.
Studies in mice show that Moringa leaves can reduce blood sugar levels within 3 hours after consuming leaves and also protecting the liver. Because of this, Moringa also helps control appetite!