Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years (or trapped in a doomsday cult a la Kimmy Schmidt), you know that vitamins and supplements have become huge. Vitamins are no longer just the Flintstone gummies your mom used to give you when you were a kid, and supplements are not just weird powders for body builders. Nowadays, we know each of us can benefit from taking certain vitamins we may be lacking from in our diets, and there are a wide range of supplements available to help each individual get to be their healthiest selves.
Here at The Everygirl, we believe in finding the right supplements and vitamins our bodies need to make them as healthy as possible, and, just like skinny jeans, one size does not fit all. There are so many options out there that can help with your own individual health worries or woes, or even just to keep you at peak health depending on what your body needs — like help with energy, immunity, or fighting inflammation.
While finding which supplements are right for you is hard enough, the issue of which brand to pick is a whole other challenge. A trip down the vitamin aisle of your local grocer is enough to make anyone confused with the overabundance of options. That’s why we’re taking out the guesswork and letting you know the vitamins and supplements that are right for you — and which ones to trust.
We love MegaFood supplements because they’re Non-GMO, tested for 125+ herbicides and pesticides, gluten-free, vegan/vegetarian, dairy-free, soy-free AND (as if that’s not enough), they’re also crafted from whole foods from trusted farm partners who share a commitment toward a more sustainable future (aka they’re good for you and the environment).
Basically, you know you’re getting only good-for-you ingredients in the most healthy and nutritious way possible. Plus, did I mention their gummy vitamins are freaking delicious (and only 2 grams of sugar or less per serving?). Read on for our Go-To Guide to finding which supplements are right for you:
What to take to get more energy
All of the B Vitamins — especially Vitamin B12 — help with cognitive functions and preventing fatigue, (aka you won’t need that 2pm cup of coffee anymore). Many of us are not getting enough B vitamin, especially since vitamins like B12 mostly come from animal products (that almond milk replacement is good for our lattes, but can be bad for our energy levels). Take a daily B12 or B-complex vitamin, and if you’re gluten-free, make sure you’re getting enough B6.
Red blood cells require iron to transport oxygen to the body’s tissues, and not enough iron results in extreme fatigue and even brain confusion. More people than ever are low in iron or iron-deficient, so make sure you’re consistently checking your iron levels with your doctor. If you’re vegan (the richest sources of iron are meat and seafood), pregnant, or have heavy periods, an iron supplement may be crucial to keeping your energy levels up.
What to take to help you fall asleep
We’ve long talked about the miracle that is melatonin and why you should be taking it if you have trouble falling asleep. Melatonin is a hormone that is naturally produced by the pineal gland in the brain. It regulates sleep cycles and tells your body when it’s time to fall asleep and when it’s time to wake up, but many factors interfere with your body producing enough of it (like jet lag, light exposure, etc). A melatonin supplement is the easiest way to ensure a restful night sleep.* We love the MegaFood Melatonin Berry Good Sleep™* Gummies because they also contain wild blueberries and tart cherry, which are both natural sources of phytonutrients.*
This mineral has the ability to relax the body and calm the brain (literally, it helps manage anxiety when taken over time). As an added bonus, it helps keep bowel movements regular and prevents migraines. Take in powder form before bed, and you’ll be sleeping like a baby in no time!
What to take to help fight or prevent colds
This mineral, made famous by your sunscreen bottles, protects cell membranes from toxins, which keeps the immune system strong.* MegaFood Elderberry Immune Support* Gummies are a perfect option, made with zinc and include elderberry for a potent formula of plant-powered immune support.*
Taking 1,000 milligrams a day of the miracle cold-buster will help reduce the duration and symptoms of the common cold. It also defends against colds and illnesses, as it protects and strengthens your immune system over time.
What you should take for beauty
This is our go-to hair and nailer helper. If you think your hair or nails are feeling too brittle and weak, add some extra biotin supplements to your routine to strengthen them up. The vitamin causes hair and nails to grow back thicker and stronger, so say goodbye to limp hair and broken nails.
There’s a lot of heart-healthy benefits of this superfood supplement, like lowering blood pressure and reducing the likeliness of heart attacks. Some of the other benefits just so happen to be insanely beautifying — fish oil is amazing for your skin, as it can reduce acne and aging, and hydrates your skin. If you’re vegan, try flax oil or chia seeds for a dose of Omega-3s.
What to take for general health
You might’ve heard of the superfood latte from your favorite wellness blogger’s Instagram pages, and there’s good reason for the hype of this ancient spice. One of our favorites is MegaFood Turmeric Inflammation Response* Gummies (available in November), which deliver curcumin with a synergistic benefit of curcuminoids to support healthy inflammation response (with black pepper for optimal absorption).* The formula also includes organic carrot and fresh ginger root, which are both natural sources of phytonutrients.*
Overall, the general population is wearing more sunscreen (yay!) — but the bad news is that it results in less intake of Vitamin D (the vitamin we get from sun exposure). It certainly doesn’t help that we can’t all be surf instructors and spend most of our days inside in an office. Modern lifestyles have resulted in low Vitamin D for a good portion of the population. This essential vitamin is crucial for bone health, brain function, mood, and hormone balance. Unless you spend a significant portion of your every day outside, consider a Vitamin D supplement for overall health.
Which Vitamins and Supplements would you take for your health? What are your favorites?
This post is sponsored by MegaFood, but all of the opinions within are those of The Everygirl editorial board.