None of us face a life free of ailments. Many of us are actively seeking cures for common complaints. We also want preventative medicines to avoid problems in the future. Recently, ‘superfoods’ like blueberries and cranberries have been tipped as the ultimate health insurance. While these foods may have some health benefits, most of us know to eat a varied diet.
It’s not always possible to get the nutrition we need or want from the supermarket grocery aisle. There are just too many deficiencies in our diets. To top up or to get those extras that we’re looking for it is often necessary to look to supplements. Most of us have taken multivitamins at some point in our lives. But more and more people are looking for ‘super-supplements’ that can provide us with even more health benefits.
There are several supplements that are proving very popular at the moment. One is coconut oil. It is derived from the coconut itself. Because coconuts are not always in the supermarkets, most of us don’t have access to the benefits of this food. The benefits are currently thought to include reduced symptoms of Alzheimer’s. It may also act as an appetite suppressant.
Needless to say, coconut oil purchased in virgin form, is one of the most popular supplements. You can buy it in cosmetic products too so you can see the benefits in your hair and skin. Another trending supplement that has been used for years in cosmetics is hemp. Hemp provides protection and moisturization for the skin. But in oil form it is now thought to provide other benefits too.
Raw hemp oil drops, like those from Endoca, are reputed to contain a high level of essential fatty acids. Because it is the most unsaturated fat source we know, it has a good reputation for health as a supplement. It has also been prized as being the most balanced oil as a source of Omega 3 and 6. Some users claim it might even help to cure cancer. No wonder this supplement is trending right now.
An unexpected trending supplement at the moment is calcium. This may be to do with the increase in the population of the over-fifties. Postmenopausal women, in particular, are vulnerable to symptoms of calcium deficiency. When combined with Vitamin D, the body can use calcium to improve bone strength and preserve muscle strength.
Men too are being prescribed calcium supplements. A lack of dairy in the diet could be part of the problem. Many men now in the fifty to seventy age group may have avoided dairy in a bid to lower cholesterol and their risk of heart disease. Sadly, this may have backfired, as calcium deficiency can cause brittle bones and a high risk of injury from falls.
It’s not easy to find the answers to our ailments, but dietary supplements are thought to be helpful for many common conditions. A good diet may not always be enough, depending on your medical history and lifestyle. If in doubt, speak to your doctor about the benefits of your preferred supplements.