Did you know that it’s human nature to expect the biggest reward for the least amount of effort? It’s the very reason why quick fix supplements turn over millions of dollars each year. If we can pay a small price to get the body of our dreams, we will gladly empty our pockets. Unfortunately, a quick-fix product is not a long-term profit. People spend hundreds of dollars each year on branded supplements, only to find nothing has changed. Despite the amount of make-believe supplements on the market today, promising you the body of your dreams, there are, however, a small selection of weight loss and health supplements that actually work. In today’s article we will explore these supplements, and how they may benefit your lifestyle.
If there is one nutrient that is almost impossible to achieve adequate amounts of with the modern diet (unless you eat a lot of fatty fish) is fish oil. I’d like to tell you that there is no such thing as a magic pill, and anything that sounds to good to be true usually is. Fish oil, however, really does work like magic. It not only has a great impact on health, but it also controls inflammation, and helps fat oxidization (good news for anyone trying to lose weight). Due to their general unavailability in the food supply, supplementation is almost necessary. To get the full benefits, a total intake of EPA/DHA of 1.8-3.0 grams per day is recommended. A standard fish oil capsule may contain 120mg EPA and 180 mg DHA (300 mg total fish oils) so that daily does would require 6-10 capsules per day which can be split at morning and evening with meals.
2. Whey Protein
Protein powder has been a staple among most athletes and training fanatics, and exists somewhere between a food and supplement. Protein powder can provide convenience and flexibility for those trying to meet their protein requirements. Sufficient amounts of protein are key to any successful weight loss diet, which is why protein in the form of powder is highly recommended. If you purchase your protein powder in bulk, you can save yourself a lot of money in the long run.
3. Vitamin D
Vitamin D can be made by the body through exposure to skin to sunlight. It’s turning out that Vitamin D deficiencies are absolutely epidemic, especially for those who work indoors or live in cold weather countries. Some of the benefits of supplementing Vitamin D include, a reduced risk of developing Alzheimer’s in later life, as well as helping to maintain a healthy body weight.
Zinc is often deficient in most athletes, and those who partake in regular exercise. Zinc is responsible for a number of different functions in the human body and it helps stimulate the activity of 100 different enzymes. Zinc is important for a healthy immune system, properly synthesizing DNA, promoting healthy growth during childhood, and healing wounds. On average, a daily supplement of 25 mg of zinc in any form is recommended.
5. Yerba Mate
Yerba mate (pronounced, YERB-ah mah-TAY) is a drink similar to that of green tea, and has been used by Native Americans as part of a lifestyle that includes a healthy diet and exercise. Yerba mate has stimulant qualities to help you feel full sooner after you begin eating, and it slows your digestion so that your stomach stays full longer. Combining Yerba Mate with a healthy diet and regular exercise can help boost your metabolism to burn more calories, and it can help you eat less by curbing your appetite slightly.
6. Green Tea
I think it’s fair to say that most people are familiar with green tea. After all, it seems to be the key ingredient of most weight loss pills. However, green tea only works in the aid if weight loss if you work. That means, if your taking care of your nutrition, supplementing with green tea can have a positive impact on fat loss. Besides aiding fat loss, green tea can also improve brain function, and prevent a number of cancers throughout the body. To get the full benefits of green tea it is recommended that you drink any from 6-8 cups daily. But who has time for that? Instead, a supplement can work just as effectively.
Wheatgrass is in the form of a powder can provide the essential ingredients needed for the creation and maintenance of healthy cells. It also contains 17 amino acids, including all 8 of the essential amino acids that comprise protein in the body. It is recommended that you drink 2-4 ounces of wheatgrass daily. The key is to drink small amounts over the course of a day on an empty stomach.