The Benefits of Dietary Supplements

Dietary Supplements have become a staple in many Americans diets today.  There are hundreds of different dietary supplements available on market shelves and it can be overwhelming trying to decipher which products are both safe and effective.  One important thing to note is that the FDA does not monitor the production and safety of supplements—that is the manufacturer’s job.  This is why it is extra important to make sure you are purchasing from a reliable source! When consuming a healthy diet and purchasing a reliable product, many dietary supplements have been shown to be effective and very beneficial to health. Below is a list of some effective dietary supplements that may be beneficial to you. As always, before starting any health or nutrition program, check with your healthcare provider to make sure it is safe for you to do so.   

Chamomile- A popular herb that has been used to improve sleep patterns, soothe a sore throat, settle the stomach, relieve congestion, relieve nausea and heartburn, reduce menstrual cramps, and stimulate appetite. It acts as an antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory. You should not take Chamomile if you are pregnant, allergic to daises, or are taking an anticoagulant.

Flax Seed- Known as one of the most powerful plant foods it can help to combat chronic diseases, lower cholesterol, promote regular bowel movements, and help maintain clear arteries. Studies have shown that flax seed may help to reduce your risk of everything from heart disease to breast cancer, stroke and diabetes.  Its main ingredient is omega-3 fatty acids which help fight inflammation in the body and normalize heartbeat.  Flaxseed is also a great source of fiber!

Omega-3 Fish Oil Supplements-  Studies have shown that this supplement may help to lower blood pressure, reduce triglycerides, slow the development of plaque in the arteries, and reduce the likelihood of heart attack and stroke

Coenzyme Q-10- This has become a very popular supplement lately.  Do you suffer from a lot of headaches? Lack of CoQ10, which is a compound made in the body, may be the cause of this! It also helps to stimulate metabolism, lower high blood pressure and enhance your immune system.

St. John’s Wort- This herbal supplement is used to treat mild depression, stomach upset, nausea, insomnia, skin wounds, burns, and other skin irritations. When taken as the only drug/supplement,  St. John’s Wort is one of the most effective dietary supplements on the market.  It may reduce the effectiveness of oral contraceptives , so be cautious if you are using both.

Women’s Health, Dr. Oz and The Livestrong Foundation have also put together lists of what they consider the most beneficial supplements.