Omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil)
These essential fatty acids cannot be made in the body. They are important for memory, brain performance and mood, reduce inflammation and help reduce high blood pressure. They also lower the risk of arthritis, obesity, and heart disease, ease menstrual pain, protect against osteoporosis, and stimulate fat burning.
Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are especially good for your digestive system. Probiotics are often know as “good” bacteria that help fight off “bad” bacteria that can lead to gastrointestinal problems, yeast infections, and colds. When “good” bacteria get depleted, after you take antibiotics, for example, probiotics can help replace them.
Calcium keeps bones and teeth strong, helps muscles and vessels contract, and produces hormones. Magnesium supports a healthy immune system, regulates blood sugar, helps maintain muscle and nerve function, assists with normal blood pressure, and may prevent diabetes and hypertension. Calcium also helps to reduce PMS symptoms. If calcium levels drop in the blood, the body will take the calcium it needs from the bones. Taken at bedtime, calcium-magnesium helps relax the body for a good night’s sleep.
The B vitamins include thiamin (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5), pyridoxine (B6), cobalamin (B12), and biotin and folic acid. They help to produce energy, support the nervous and hormonal systems, and maintain clear skin, a healthy metabolism, and benefit your hair and eyes. A deficiency can cause depression, anemia, muscle cramps, loss of appetite, respiratory infections, abdominal pain, and birth defects. Stress, including working out, depletes B vitamins. Folic acid, also known as folate, is essential for brain and spinal cord health.
Vitamin C boosts the immune system and maintains normal growth and development of muscles, bones, skin. It also blocks some of the damage from free radicals. This powerful antioxidant helps firm up the skin with its collagen-boosting benefits.
Vitamin D is made in our bodies when exposed to sunlight but many women do not get enough, especially in winter. Vitamin D promotes the calcium absorption necessary for bone and muscle growth, and reduction of inflammation. It helps with immune function and fat loss and may protect against cancer.
Vitamin A improves vision, boosts the immune system, maintains healthy skin and bones, and may decrease risk of heart disease and cancer. It plays a role in keeping eyes healthy and protects the body from free radicals.