Supplements I Use And The Purpose

James HamptonOn May 26th., James Hampton a 17 year old basketball prospect from out of Charlotte, NC collapsed and passed away at a tournament in Virginia. My condolences go out to the family. Rest In Power young king.

This is my follow up on vitamins and supplements. I want to go into the products I use and why. As mentioned in my earlier post, I changed the way that I ate, and then researched why I needed each supplement before I started taking them. I would advise anyone to not randomly take vitamins and supplements without knowing potential reactions and side effects. In my next post I will go into the brands that I trust and how to determine the real from the faux.

1. Multivitamin- This staple supplement is a must for anyone dealing with a condition that causes inflammation in the lower intestine. The inflammation in the small intestine can prevent proper absorption of the nutrients from your food. Though I have a very healthy diet and have my Chron’s under control, I still have to ensure that I’m getting all of the essential vitamins and minerals.

 

 

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Notice that all of the ingredients are organic and derive from a whole foods blend.

2. Omega 3 – I’ve been taking this since I was 16 years old and it’s as good as advertised. The docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) which make up the fatty acids in omega 3 helps to relieve the inflammatory response associated with Chron’s Disease. Here are some other benefits.

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Reduce triglycerides
  • Slow the development of plaque in the arteries
  • Reduce the chance of abnormal heart rhythm
  • Reduce the likelihood of heart attack and stroke
  • Lessen the chance of sudden cardiac death in people with heart disease

3. Turmeric Curcumin- This supplement has been in my arsenal for almost a year and I love it. Some researchers suggest that this might be the most powerful natural supplement in nature. Turmeric curcumin posseses anti-inflammatory compounds that are as effective as prescribed anti-inflammatory medicines. Research shows that it reduces inflammation in inflammatory bowel diseases, heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer, and various degenerative diseases. It’s also a potent antioxidant that protects the body from free radicals.

4. Amazing Grass Green Superfood Alkalize & Detox- I feel this baby is a must have regardless of what nutritional goals you may have. gsf-nutritionalfacts-ad

 This is a non-gmo supplement that not only has probiotics that improves your gut health, but also aids in balancing your ph levels and alkalizing the body. This product also helps to detox your liver and other organs of toxins, free radicals, and heavy metals. This is an all around powerhouse to add to your daily regiment.
5. Vitamin D- My wife schooled me on the importance of Vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiency increases the risk of cancer, death related to cardiovascular disease, cognitive impairment in older adults, and asthma. The number one source of Vitamin D is sunshine, but I spend 12 hours or more in a building at work. Plus, one reason those of us whom have melanin and live in certain regions have diseases is because we are deficient in Vitamin D. The melanin in our skin makes it more difficult to absorb the Vitamin D from the sunlight. Which means those of us of a darker hue need even more sun. If that’s not possible then taking a Vitamin D supplement is great for you.
6. Vitamin B 12- When I switched to a plant based diet. I discovered that B12 was primarily found in animal proteins. B12 helps to make your DNA, form red blood cells, helps with nervous system function, and prevents anemia. I found a vegan B12 supplement and it works great.
7. Creatine- This is probably the most common supplement used by athletes. To make it plain, creatine gives the muscles energy during heavy lifting and intense workouts. It also leads to increased performance and increased muscle mass. Creatine can naturally be found in animal proteins, but if you’re a plant based eater then supplementing with creatine is important. There are also studies that suggest creatine helps with healing intestinal ulcers caused by Chron’s Disease.
8. Vegan Protein Powder- There’s a plethora of plant based protein powders on the market. I use this as a meal replacement. I’m also able to guarantee that I get an adequate amount of daily protein intake. I mix the protein with my super green food and it transforms into a protein powerhouse smoothie! I stay away from any vegan proteins that have soy, but that still leaves you with plenty of options.

9. Korean Red Ginseng- I have some very long days at work and usually have about six things going on at once. I need an extra energy boost and something to keep me mentally sharp. This is were the ginseng kicks in. It has several benefits including:

  • Improves Mood and Reduces Stress.
  • Improves Brain Function.
  • Has Anti-Inflammatory Properties.
  • Helps with Weight Loss.
  • Treats Sexual Dysfunction.
  • Improves Lung Function.
  • Lowers Blood Sugar Levels.
  • Prevents Cancer.

As you can see this is a terrific all purpose supplement. However, I do know that it causes interactions with certain medications so check with your doctor before taking it.

10. ZMA- My former roommate whom is a personal trainer told me about this supplement and it’s great. Its made up of zinc, magnesium, and B6. It should be taken at night before bed. I don’t have a problem with sleeping, but the ZMA helps the body heal and recover during sleep. It does aid in getting into a deeper sleep if you have problems with that. You can also see an increase in size, strength, boosts immunity, and aids in weight loss. It also helps to support healthy testosterone levels.

To some people it might seem like a lot but its really not. Its all natural and organic vitamins that can be taken in the mornings with your breakfast except for the ZMA. There are other supplements out there that are great also and I share those on my Facebook page which has the same name as the blog. Again, the supplements work congruent with a healthy diet and exercise. That’s why they work efficiently. On my next post I will focus on brands that I use. Not all brands are created equal and you definently get what you pay for when it comes to supplements.

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