This article is very close to my heart. It forms the basis of my workshops and answers the most popular question I get asked…
“What are the must-have supplements?”
We are all on unique health journeys, so before diving into the deep-end of the vast world of supplementation let’s take it right back to the basics.
The VitaSoul Basics are the Top 3 categories of clean supplements that I believe we all need daily, to ensure that our health is always at optimal capacity. Food is the most important source of vitamins. Eating a well-balanced diet rich in vegetables and fruits protect against many diseases, and ensures a healthy lifestyle. However there are many vitamins and especially minerals that are not being supplied by the food we eat, and in the quantities we need. As much as we all would like to live the organic life, it’s quite heavy on the pocket and often we do more damage than good by eating supposedly healthy foods which have been pumped with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or laced with toxic pesticides.
Three Super Simple Basics
Here are my top general brand recommendations which have worked for me and many others. Remember when taking any form of supplementation keep in mind who will be taking it…will it be a preggy mom? A baby? An adult male? With my suggestions below, I have kept it general to cover most individuals.
1. Mighty Minerals
Ideally food should be your main source of vitamins and minerals. Unfortunately in this day and age our soils are depleted of many minerals that we need. Just like vitamins, minerals help your body grow, develop, and stay healthy. The body uses minerals to perform many different functions — from building strong bones to transmitting nerve impulses. Some minerals are even used to make hormones or maintain a normal heartbeat.
Products featured: Viridian High Five Multivitamin & Mineral Formula, Mineralife Daily Multiple
An absolute star-provider of essential minerals without a doubt would be Mineralife Daily Multiple. It is an amazing blend of whole foods, in a base of certified aloe vera juice, cherry juice and honey formulated to provide your body with the vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, amino acids and enzymes it deserves! And perfect for the entire family!
Viridian High Five Multivit & Mineral is another great option. It is a One-a-day best-selling multivitamin and mineral formula. The ‘High Five’ refers to the higher level of Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) found in this formula. Vitamin B5 contributes to normal mental performance and a reduction in tiredness and fatigue. Vitamin B5 also contributes to the normal synthesis and metabolism of steroid hormones, vitamin D and some neurotransmitters. If you are looking for ethical, clean and organic supplements, Viridian is always a good choice.
Omega-3 is vital for both inflammation and brain health. It contains both docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). Omega-3 can lead to the reduction of abnormal inflammation and restore a wide variety of cellular functioning within the body. A recent Scientific Study has shown that long term Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation coupled with Omega 6 fatty acid restriction, improves cognitive function, reduces neuro-inflammation and increases brain cell production in mice. So you can only imagine the health benefits for us all!
Nordic Naturals is definitely a firm favourite, I love their philosophy: “Do whatever it takes to offer high-quality nutrients that bring health benefits to as many as possible”. True to word, they certainly do offer high-quality nutrients by ensuring the manufacture of fresh and pure fish oil products. with high Omega-3 value.
Products featured: Nordic Naturals Arctic Cod Liver Oil, Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega
Nordic Naturals Arctic Cod Liver Oil is made from 100% wild Arctic cod (Skrei). Over the past decade, they have perfected their three-step Gold Standard system that allows Nordic Naturals Arctic Cod Liver Oil to test at 10 times lower than the limits set by the strict European Pharmacopoeia Standard for purity and freshness. With a lemon flavour, it’s great for the whole family and a fantastic solution for overall health!
Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega this is the Rolls Royce of Omega-3, used in various protocols dealing with increasing brain cell development. Optimal wellness means feeling great every day. By simply stepping up your daily intake of omega-3 you are one step closer to feeling great…you will see the benefits unfold!
For Vegan clients, there are various clean, ethical and high quality supplements and Omega-3 vegan options available and stocked by VitaSoul.
3. Vital Vitamin C
Nothing boosts the Immune System quite like good old Vitamin C, but only the clean and organic kind…at higher doses! Vitamin C is an essential nutrient that cannot be produced by the body, which means that replenishing your body’s supply daily can prevent oxidative stress. Many knowledgeable medical experts such as; Dr Humphries, Dr Klenner and Dr Levy, have explained why taking this vitamin in larger doses will impact general health and combat many illnesses and disease.
There are so many types of Vitamin C’s to choose from, but there are two top picks for me:
Products featured: Lipolife Vitamin C, Gaia Organic Pure Sodium Ascorbate Buffered Vitamin C Powder
Lipolife Vitamin C is formulated using China-Free Vitamin C; the only European manufacturer to offer Quali-C in a liposomal form making it the most absorbable, highest quality product of its kind. A liposome is a tiny bubble (vesicle), made out of the same material as a cell membrane. It allows for increased absorption in the body, helps higher doses be absorbed into one’s system faster, and has far less side effects than the normal vitamin would have. Liposomal vitamin C ‘supercharges’ the immune system.
If you are looking for a cost-effective pure buffered soluble Vitamin C powder, then you won’t go wrong with Gaia Organic Pure Sodium Ascorbate Buffered Vitamin C Powder.
“Vitamin C really is the Vitamin Golden Child!”
So where to from here?
Simply apply the 3 basics to your daily health routine and see the results for yourself! Again, as mentioned each person is unique and this is really just the 3 staples. There could be underlying conditions present or other medical issues that need to be addressed and a visit to a Functional Medical Professional is a good idea before starting out with these supplements.
If you need help finding the right Medical Professional or guidance on the best options to get you started, you can contact me personally via Ask Lucy, I am always happy to listen and point you in the best direction. Although I am not a medical professional, I do offer a wealth of knowledge, understanding, empathy to all situations and have a vast network of top professionals I deal with.
Yours in health & love,
Lucy Kues (VitaSoul Founder)