The debate about whether or not to take supplements is on-going. Many doctors and dieticians believe that a balanced diet, containing plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, should provide all the nutrients the body needs to function efficiently and at its optimum. However, the lifestyle that many of us lead means that we are frequently under stress and exposed to toxins— from an intake of caffeine, nicotine, alcohol and over processed food, and also from ultraviolet rays, pollution and radiation from office equipment — which can deplete the body’s supply of essential nutrients.
Supplements for Hair, Skin and Nails
Beta-carotene is an antioxidant that is converted in the body to form vitamin A.
Omega-3 provides essential fatty acids.
Starflower oil is a rich source of an essential ‘fatty acid, gamma linolenic acid (GLA), which acts as a building block for healthy skin and hormone balance.
Selenium is a mineral needed for the action of many antioxidant enzymes.
Vitamin B complex promotes healthy hair and skin and supports the central nervous system.
Vitamin C is an antioxidant that destroys harmful free radicals caused by pollution.
Zinc is a mineral that is essential for the proper functioning of over 100 enzymes.
Most supplements are virtually non-toxic but you must be careful. A good all-in-one Multivitamin, Multimineral and an antioxidant formula is ideal, but if in doubt, ask a doctor, dietician or pharmacist for advice and always follow the manufacturer’s dosage instructions. If you are experiencing any serious problems with your hair, consult a doctor for advice.
Supplements for Stress
Beta-carotene, selenium and vitamins C and E with zinc work together as antioxidants to disarm damaging free radicals caused by stress.
Bilberry helps prevent the premature death of body cells.
Calcium and magnesium deficiencies are common in highly stressed individuals and can result in anxiety, fear and even hallucinations.
Dong quai supports the kidneys, central nervous system and the adrenal glands, which are among the most
Susceptible organs to stress.
Gamma-Aminobutric acid (GABA) acts as a tranquilizer and is important for proper brain function.
Gingko biloba aids brain function and circulation.
Hops help to ease nervousness, restlessness and stress.
Kava kava relaxes the mind as well as the body.
L-Tyrosine is an effective sleeping aid.
Valerian is another powerful sleeping aid when taken at bedtime and it also helps ease
Vitamin B complex, plus extra vitamin B6
(Pyridoxine), B12 and 65 (Panothenic acid) are necessary for health and the proper functioning of the nervous system; B5, in particular, is an anti-stress vitamin needed by the thymus gland.
Vitamin C with bioflavonoids is essential for the functioning of the adrenal gland, which produces