Supplements: An essential part of the healthy ageing toolkit for looking and feeling great
-Jun 11, Jenny Paul, Health -
It can be a minefield knowing which nutrients we need more of and if there’s some we need less of. The right supplement takes away all the guesswork. Here’s which ingredients to look out for – and why…
Wellness and focusing on your self-care can be so time-consuming – especially as we all lead such busy lives.
In an ideal world we would grow our own fruit and vegetables which would provide a nutrient-dense diet to ensure that we don’t feel exhausted and our bodies are able to fight off illness.
But the reality is often different – grabbing lunch on the run while juggling meetings, family, friends and other responsibilities can mean that we are missing out on all those feel-great nutrients.
An easy and simple answer is taking an everyday supplement which provides a way to keep you on track.
Look out for high quality ingredients that have been scientifically-formulated to work as a team. That way you know that your body is getting the right nutrients at the right time and that they’re working around the clock – so you can too.
Why magnesium is a great mineral to take each day
Magnesium has been nicknamed the anti-stress mineral by many. Coffee, stressful situations and alcohol can all burn up our body’s stores of this mineral so it’s important to keep it topped up. Fashion models often use it as a way to sleep when feeling jet-lagged. Magnesium boasts a number of other properties too. It contributes to maintaining healthy bones and teeth, normal muscle function and a reduction in feelings of fatigue. What’s not to love?
How can Co-Enzyme Q10 help the body?
Co-enzyme Q10 is a powerful, fat-soluble antioxidant and anti-inflammatory produced within the body. It is an essential component of healthy energy generation within cells. The purported benefits include protecting both heart and cognitive function. These are both crucial as we get older and the twin curses of potential heart problems and forgetfulness kick in.
Can vitamin A really help you to see better?
Vitamin A contributes to the healthy functioning of the immune system. It really does play a part in good vision, so yes, eating up your carrots which are rich in vitamin A is a true story and not just a myth we were told as children.
Vitamin C is great for much more than fighting off colds
Vitamin C, as an antioxidant, plays a role in protecting the body against the effects of oxidative stress, which can be caused by a number of things in our everyday environment and is thought to be a key cause of premature ageing. Vitamin C also contributes to the production and maintenance of collagen, which we all know is essential for glow-y looking skin. Do be careful that your supply of vitamin C doesn’t come with an unwanted side of pesticides, which are often found in the supposedly healthy fruit and veg we consume.
Why vitamin D is so essential for keeping you feeling happy
Vitamins D and A taken together are thought to reduce the incidence of colds due to their joint contribution to the normal running of the immune system. On top of that, did you know that a lot of people are deficient in this wonderful sunshine vitamin due to climate and insufficient dietary intake? We have put together a guide so you can make sure you’re not at risk.
Vitamin E is a skin smoothing wonder
Like vitamin C, vitamin E protects skin cells from the negative effects of oxidative stress and supports a healthy immune system. It’s far more than just a humble vitamin when it comes to helping keep your skin smooth too which is why you’ll often find it on ingredients lists in all sorts of skincare and beauty products.
Zinc – the mineral that helps your complexion
Zinc has been subject to numerous studies where wound healing is concerned and it is thought that zinc intake can aid the healing process (although this hasn’t been confirmed by the EFSA or FDA). Zinc also plays its part when it comes to cognitive function, normal DNA synthesis, healthy metabolic processes and protection from that ever-present oxidative stress. No wonder it’s also a fantastic secret weapon to have in your arsenal for glowing skin.
Selenium – the team-playing antioxidant mineral
Selenium acts as a helping hand to vitamin E and together, these two nutrients contribute to protecting the cells from oxidative stress, thus mitigating its effects on the skin. Selenium has also been linked to healthy immune function and normal thyroid function.
Turmeric – so much more than just a trendy health fad
Curcumin – which is found in the spice turmeric – is thought to be antibacterial and antioxidant, as well as being linked to powerful anti-inflammatory properties. There’s no upper daily limit so you never need to worry about how much is too much when it comes to supplementing with the curcumin in turmeric.
All of these nutrients, and many more, can be found in Lumity’s unique two-step supplements, designed to help you live well and feel beautiful around the clock. You can find out more about Lumity here. Please do remember, our articles are not a substitute for medical advice and you should always speak to your doctor or a health professional before taking any supplements.