First of all, I would like to state for the record that I am not a Doctor! So please, check with your doctor first if you are thinking about taking any of the supplements that are on my Top 5 Supplements List.
Now on to the real reason I wanted to write this post. I was never a believer in supplements. I always felt that I ate a well-balanced diet, therefore, I didn’t need to really worry about whether or not I was getting enough vitamin A, B, etc. Then it happened, I hurt my knee and was told I had a torn meniscus! That meant, no yoga, no pilates and definitely no running! What was a girl to do you ask? Well, I decided to do a little research. I did not want to go “under the knife”, so I started rehabilitating my knee on my own. I took time off from exercising, started my own physical therapy routine and found some supplements that contributed to my healing and a couple of others along the way. I know they work, because I ran out and had to wait a week for my drugstore.com order to ship, during that period, I was definitely lacking energy, feeling achy, etc.
New Chapter Zyflamend: This is one of the only supplements that I am “brand” loyal…you have to be…they are the only ones that make this! This was the first supplement I began taking to help with the aches and pains in my knee. Zyflamend helps support joint inflammation, skin health, bone health and normal tissue growth. Basically, it replaces my Advils! My husband, who plays hockey, is also a big fan of this supplement!
CoQ10: This is a substance that is found in every cell of your body! It is used to produce energy and cell growth. It is a powerful antioxidant! Studies have shown that it helps prevent heart disease. CoQ10 also increases energy levels and promotes speedier recovery after exercising. I need faster recoveries, especially on my weight lifting days!
Rhodiola: This is an herb that grows in high altitudes in the arctic areas of Europe and Asia. It is used in traditional medicine in Russia and many Scandanavian Countries. Rhodiola has been known to treat fatigue, poor attention span and decreased memory. Basically, it gives my brain the boost it needs on a daily basis. Much better for me than 5 cups of coffee! Right?
Vitamin C: We all know that our body needs Vitamin C in order to function well! This little pill improves your immune system and helps prevent inflammation. It is essential for normal growth and repair of the bodies tissues (i.e. collagen, tendons, ligaments, muscle, etc.) Once again, it is all about those antioxidants! I bet you didn’t know that it also promotes healthy teeth and gums!
Spirulina: This is basically nutrient-rich algae. It is a Superfood! It is a complete protein that contains all essential amino acids. Spirulina can aid in the prevention of disease, and helps maintain overall good health. I use it primarily for the anti-aging benefits that it offers. I also like that little bit of extra protein.It comes in tablet or powder forms. I have used both. When I have the powder, I just add it to my smoothies.