Here are the supplements I'm using right now:
- Omega 3 krill oil. Kind of like fish oil, but from krill. I'm using the Mega-Red brand.
- Rainbow Light Women's One food based multi-vitamin
- Chia seeds
- Protein Powder
- There are 3 kinds, ALA, DHA & EPA - ALA is from plant sources and DHA & EPA are from fish sources and algae
- They are essential fatty acids that reduce inflammation throughout the body (blood vessels, joints, etc).
- They can lower the bad triglycerides in your blood.
- They can help with rheumatoid arthritis, asthma & ADHD.
- May reduce depression and may help protect against Alzheimer's and dementia.
The Chia seeds I just picked up on a whim at CVS last week.
I got the protein powder a week ago as well on the recommendation of some friends. Right now, I'm just putting one scoopful in with my after-workout chocolate almond milk. I guess it's good for muscle building and repair and maybe for helping with hunger too. I haven't really noticed much of a difference from this and the kind I got is vanilla flavored and is a bit too sweet to me. If I get it again, I'll try to find an unflavored version.
Finally, I'm trying a full bag of EnergyBits. They are 100% sprirulina algae, compressed into little pill shaped pellets. You are supposed to take at least 30 per day, preferably before exercising. On the positive side, they are easy to swallow and don't upset my stomach even if I take them on an empty stomach before a run. I also think they are probably pretty nutritious and healthy, especially if (like me) you struggle with getting a lot of green things in your diet.
|photo credit: energybits.com|
- Increasing Energy
- Increasing Endurance
- Increasing Mental Vitality
- High Protein Snack
- Curbing Hunger
- Meal Replacement (yeah, I don't buy this one!)
- Balancing Blood Sugar
- Lowering Blood Pressure
- Reducing Fatigue
So, those are my current supplements. My friends and family think I'm a weird-o for eating chia seeds and algae pellets but I really do believe in giving things a try to see if they help with my mood, energy, running and health. None of my current supplements are causing me any problems, so I'm going to stick with them for a full month and then reassess which ones to invest in on a permanent basis.
What supplements do you love?