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Top Supplements for Every Age

Top Supplements for Every Age

Does your supplement regimen need a makeover? Update your family’s medicine cabinet with these natural health-enhancing products for people of all ages.

KIDS AND TEENS

Probiotics
What they are: Good bacteria found in supplement form or in fermented products such as yogurt.
What they do: Rev up the immune system after courses of antibiotics; help stymie diseases related to allergies, such as asthma and eczema; alleviate gastrointestinal troubles such as diarrhea.
Dose: Take 1 capsule of Lactobacillus rhamnosus strain GG (available in products such as Culturelle) daily. Or open it up and sprinkle over lukewarm food.

Omega-3 fatty acids
What they are: Polyunsaturated fats found in fatty cold-water fish, walnuts, and flaxseeds.
What they do: Boost brain function, sharpening vision, improve behavior in kids with ADHD, decrease the risk of developing type 1 diabetes.
Dose: 600 mg of docosahexaenoic acid (or DHA, a key omega-3) daily. Breastfed babies should get the DHA they need from mom’s milk if she consumes 600 mg every day, but infants who aren’t breastfed should receive 300 mg through fortified formula daily.

Choline
What it is: A nutrient found in eggs (282 mg per serving), cauliflower (22 mg per serving), or peanut butter (26 mg).
What it does: Particularly important for teens, choline builds a key neurotransmitter called acetylcholine, aids the proper metabolism of fats, and helps keep the liver healthy.
Dose: If your teen doesn’t regularly eat choline-rich foods, supplement with 425 mg for girls or 550 mg for boys daily.

WOMEN OF CHILDBEARING AGE

Vitamin D
What it is: An antioxidant vitamin produced by the body after exposure to sunlight; also found in fortified milk and cereal.
What it does: May guard against high blood pressure, depression, osteoporosis, type 2 diabetes, and some forms of cancer.
Dose: 1,000 IU daily

Magnesium
What it is: An essential mineral absorbed through food.
What it does: Essential to nerve function, calms anxiety and headaches, lowers blood pressure, reduces heart disease risk, and may protect against complications like preeclampsia and preterm delivery.
Dose: 310 mg daily; 360-400 mg while pregnant and 320-360 mg while breastfeeding

POSTMENOPAUSAL WOMEN

Bacopa (Bacopa monnieri)
What it is: In Ayurvedic medicine, this herb is prescribed for anxiety and memory disorders.
What it does: Bacopa shows promise for people with hypothyroidism, a condition most common in women who are over 50; stimulates thyroid function.
Dose: 2 ml in tincture form three times daily

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)
What it is: An Ayurvedic, adaptogenic herb that helps tame inflammation and alleviate chronic fatigue syndrome.
What it does: Possesses anticancer and anti-anxiety properties, relieves the fatigue and widespread pain of fibromyalgia.
Dose: 1-2.5 ml in tincture form twice daily

Sutherlandia (Sutherlandia frutescens)
What it is: Amino acid-rich legume–also known as “cancer bush”–popular among Southern African herbalists for its antitumor properties.
What it does: Relives pain, anti-inflammatory, enhances mental health, reduces, stress and anxiety.
Dose: 400 mg of the leaf twice daily

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Hibiscus (Hibiscus sabdariffa)
What it is: Flower extract.
What it does: Treats high blood pressure.
Dose: No dose specifications; drink it in tea or take in tincture form.

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8:26AM PDT on Oct 8, 2010

Excellent! And the comments were equally helpful.

6:36PM PST on Feb 6, 2010

Excellent. Extremely helpful and simply stated.

Sagar.
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12:20AM PDT on Jun 15, 2009

thanks...
Kabin
Konteyner

5:16AM PDT on Mar 11, 2009

With all the daily rush we Americans find ourselves in, juggling the kids needs along with our jobs, it is very difficult to assure that our bodies are also well nourished. It seems to be a lot easier to pack these missing needs into a simple pill or two.

Do We All Need Some Vitamin/mineral Supplements?

5:42PM PST on Mar 2, 2009

This was such a good article and you must go to Sharon's website "www.sharethecause.com/detoxqueen and watch the video. It is one of the best I've seen. Send it on to your family and friends to watch too. It is vital for everyone to know this information.

2:52PM PST on Feb 28, 2009

If you are going to take a probiotic and give it to your children you should definetly do some research for one that is Certified Organic. OneGroup from Austalia sells a wonderful Certified Organic probiotic. You can see it and all of it's ingrediants at
http://heatherfahey.mionegroup.com/en/product/15101If you have problems with products that contain gluten they have another probiotic in a liquid form. You can see this at
http://heatherfahey.mionegroup.com/en/product/15301

8:11PM PST on Feb 27, 2009

I use supplements from Young Living Company. All supplements are enhanced with therapeutic-grade essential oils which makes them more bioavailable. These essential oils digest toxins in the body, cleaning receptor sites and increase the oxygen supply to the body. You can check out my website if you wish - www.youngliving.com/fpinar or go straight to www.youngliving.com for more information.

7:20PM PST on Feb 27, 2009

Thanks to Rachel, I just realized my link was cut off too. Weird, it was there when I hit add comment!

The environmental toxin info video is on:
www.sharethecause.com/detoxqueen
(not a sales site; just info). To recap, with toxins in the body very little good stuff like minerals actually get absorbed because the metals are blocking the receptor sites.

6:11PM PST on Feb 27, 2009

In case you couldn't read the entire link I posted here it is again:
www.noblelifeelements.com/renewforanewyou
Look for Revitaphi

5:38PM PST on Feb 27, 2009

Great article & supplement suggestions too! Thank you for this. In addition I'd like to add for those of you who choose to take supplements, search out those that are Whole Foods formulas, such as Rainbow Light & Mega Foods. These are more easily absorbed by the body than the others
with binders that keep you from utilizing the ingredients.

Also, if you're taking fish oils of any kind, take only those which are Pharmaceutical grade,
as they are free of the heavy metal content of other brands, one of which is by Nordic Naturals.

For inflammation, which is an underlaying cause of most illnesses take formulas that contain ginger & tumeric, these ingredients are potent herbal anti-inflammatories. New Chapter makes a Tumeric Force formula, as well as another one with a great blend - called Zyflammend. There's another new product on the market as well with the active ingredient of Tumeric (curcumin) which is called Curamin.

As your first line of defense in cutting out inflammation seriously review your diet. Look up acid vs alkaline foods, and reduce the acid forming foods (yes, this includes coffee, sugars, etc.) and add in more of the alkaline foods. You'll reduce your aches & pains, arthritus & the like. And cut out the processed foods - they are generally loaded with sugars, like High Fructose Corn Syrup, sometimes MSG, plus tons of carbs, as well as other ingredients you don't want or need. All of these things are affecting the overall h

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