I like to take a variety of vitamins and supplements—a multivitamin, vitamin D in the winter months and fish oil—to help boost energy, mood, and keep my body and mind healthy, especially when I’m not eating and sleeping well. With so many supplements out there right now, it can be overwhelming picking the best ones. We talk to Naomi Whittel, CEO and founder of Reserveage Nutrition, on the five most important supplements women over 35 should incorporate in their diets to help slow the aging process, get beautiful skin and hair and keep the gut healthy.
1. Multivitamin — “It’s extremely difficult to achieve the minimal RDA levels of all essential vitamins and minerals on a daily basis from food alone. A multivitamin provides insurance for your body and fills nutritional gaps to help obtain these nutrients every day, even on those hectic days when we don’t eat a well-balanced diet,” says Whittel.
2. Antioxidants — I try and load up on berries, nuts and lots of leafy, green veggies as well as slather on serums that have potent antioxidants, but is that enough to slow the aging process? Whittel recommends taking resveratrol, the powerful polyphenol found in red wine grapes, chocolate, peanuts and Japanese knotweed, which protect cells from free radical damage.
3. Beauty Proteins — As we age, the production of collagen slows, which leaves us with wrinkles and sagging. Studies show that ingetsting collagen can help smooth wrinkles and plump the skin from the inside out. Whittel recommends taking collagen and keratin supplements that provide the building blocks to nourish skin, hair and nails. “Look for a collagen supplement that is hydrolyzed into collagen peptides, which are easier to digest into the necessary building block and fused with Vitamin C, which helps synthesize collagen,” she says. For more lustrous hair, skin and nails, Whittel likes Reserveage Keratin Booster with keratin, biotin and resveratrol.
4. Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids – “Omega 3s are essential for inner and outer health, clear minds and supple skin and hair,” says Whittle. She suggests an Omega 3 combined with Vitamin D3 that provides a double benefit—a healthy cardiovascular system, better brain function, increased immunity and boosts mood.
5. Probiotics — In recent years, probiotics have been getting a lot of buzz for helping maintain a healthy gut. “A daily probiotic—capsule, powder or even yogurt—will empower the good flora and healthy gut bacteria to support healthy digestion, which can support multiple areas of your health.”
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