Before I get into vitamins, minerals, and other supplements, let me preface with the fact that supplements should be just that - SUPPLEMENTS! They should not replace your diet, they cannot fix a broken diet, and they should simply be a beneficial addition. Although, even with a great, well-balanced diet, there can still be some glaring holes that vitamins and supplements can help with.
So here are my top 5 supplements that I would recommend to most people out there that are weight training and don’t eat organ meats on a regular basis J
- Vitamin D -
For those of us that live in this great city of Chicago, we don’t always experience ‘sunny’ winters. This means we probably get an inadequate amount of sun, and unfortunately our seafood isn’t the “freshest”.
Seafood and sunshine are two of the only ways to get Vitamin D and it’s an important one! It helps us absorb calcium, promotes bone growth, and protects against multiple diseases.
Brand: NatureMade Vitamin D3 (eat it with fats)
Dosage: 2,000-5,000 IU/day depending on how much seafood you eat!
- Magnesium -
Needed by enzymes in our body for ATP (energy) production. It helps support your immune system, and it can help you sleep at night!
Brand: LifeExtension Magnesium
Dosage 300-500 mg/day
- Vitamin A -
Vitamin A is only found in organ meats, which most of the population don’t eat on a daily basis. Which means most of us are probably deficient in it and it is an important catalyst for a lot of biochemical processes in the body. It helps your immune system, reproductivity health, and many other major organs.
Brand: Nature’s Way Vitamin A
Dosage: 3,000 - 10,000 IU/day
- Zinc -
Zinc is found in every tissue of the body and is important for cell division, preventing cancer, and maintaining proper hormone levels.
Brand: Garden of Life Raw Zinc
- Whey Protein -
If you are weight training and are consistently breaking down muscle tissue, you need help repairing it. Whey protein is quickly absorbed, it contains all of the essential amino acids (which are the building blocks of our muscles), and it is easily digestible. Which is great to take post-workout to bump up that protein intake!
Brand: Driven Nutrition
Dosage: 1-2 scoops (post-workout is best for recovery!)
So if you are looking to take your health and body to the next level, consider these. Even though we work hard, sometimes it’s nice to have a little ‘help’.