Supplements promise to offer better immunity, increased health benefits and glowing skin, but do they actually help? The answer is yes… sometimes. We spoke to an expert to find out which supplements you need (especially following the coronavirus pandemic), and which you shouldn’t rush to stock up on.
There’s no denying our lack of sunlight in the UK, and this could mean many of us have low levels of vitamin D - particularly when we're stuck indoors during lockdown. Tom Jenane, Nutrition & Fitness Expert for Nature’s Health Box told HELLO!: "The sun may cause havoc to our skin, but it is also our main source of Vitamin D. We tend not to get out enough to gain our recommended intake of Vitamin D, especially during the winter months, which can increase the importance of supplementing.
"I’m personally quite a big fan of the vitamin sprays, as they are highly convenient to take first thing in the morning alongside breakfast ."
Daily Vitamin D spray, £5.95, Amazon
Vitamin D, £8.50, Boots
"Much has been made of the gut brain axis over the past few years, as we begin to understand more about the connection between our gut and how we feel emotionally," says Tom. "This has also fortunately led to more people investing in both probiotics and prebiotics, which can also help you to keep your immune system healthy.
"On top of this, you might want to take some added zinc in order to further support your immune system."
Prebiotic soluble fibre, £12.95, Healthspan
Pregnant women are often advised to take iron supplements, and they can also be helpful for some others. Vegetarians and vegans may benefit, as the richest sources of iron are meat and seafood.
Those who have heavy periods may also benefit from increasing their iron levels with supplements.
Liquid iron supplement, £9.45, Amazon
NAD+ is a critical coenzyme found in every cell in your body, and it’s involved in hundreds of important metabolic processes. It helps to jumpstart the energy that is then used for every single thing we do, so supplements that include NAD+ are especially good for helping with fatigue.
Tru Niagen NAD+, £39.95, Superdrug
"If you have trouble sleeping at night, you may find your consumption of magnesium is falling short," says Tom. "If so, before supplementing, I’d recommend adding more spinach, avocado, bananas, broccoli, kidney beans and cabbage to your diet. If you still need to supplement on top, then the Higher Nature magnesium capsules are very highly rated."
Magnesium tablets, £6, Amazon
There's no denying that we all need vitamin C, but where we get it from should ideally be the food we consume. Orange, kiwi, broccoli, kale, cauliflower and more are all high in the vitamin, but in desperate times you could tun to a supplement to top up your intake.
Vitamin C gummies, £5.95, Amazon
According to Tom, these are one thing you really don’t need. “I would certainly avoid most pre-workout shakes,” he says. “They tend to have a number of ingredients which aren’t great for your body and are often high in sugar. You should try to avoid any that contain Acesulfame Potassium, DMAA, yohimbe or excessive amounts of caffeine. One alternative is to make a bulletproof coffee, or simply just supplementing with MCT oil.
MCT Oil, £14.24, Holland & Barrett
Your energy levels might feel low from being indoors all day during the coronavirus pandemic, but a deficiency in B12 could also be playing a part. It's found in a lot of foods including meat, eggs and milk products, but can also be upped through nutritional yeast which, handily, also doubles up as a cheesy-tasting topping for salads and vegetables.
Nutritional yeast flakes, £3.49, Holland & Barrett
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