There are thousands of vitamin and mineral supplements that line the shelves of pharmacies. But which supplements help with what ailment? Here’s a look at which supplements can be used to aid digestion, bones, joints, memory and mood.
DIGESTION – PROBIOTICS
Probiotics restore the good bacteria in the body that can be killed off such as when taking antibiotics. It can also help prevent antibiotic associated diarrhoea. You can try a daily probiotic such as Caruso’s Alive Probiotic Formula, or Lifestream Bowel Biotics.
BONES – VITAMIN D
Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium, which is needed for strong bones. Muscles also need vitamin D to move, nerves need it to carry messages between the brain and other body parts and the immune system needs it to fend off viruses. Vitamin D is made by the body following sun exposure but a supplement, such as Ostelin Vitamin D Liquid and Gold Cross Vitamin D Tablets, may be needed if levels are low. It should be noted though that it's one of the vitamins that can have adverse effects if taken in overdose.
JOINTS – GLUCOSAMINE
Glucosamine can help relieve the symptoms of osteoarthritis and joint pain. It can also prevent cartilage breakdown and even repair it! Glucosamine can even be combined with fish oil, krill oil or ginger, which all have anti-inflammatory properties that can also help sore joints. You can try Blackmores Joint Formula Advanced and Nature’s Way Joint Restore.
MEMORY – RESVERATROL
Resveratrol is an anti-ageing compound found in the skin of red grapes. Early studies have shown it to be beneficial for memory and cognitive function. A supplement containing resveratrol that can be used is Bioglan Resveratox.
MOOD – ST JOHNS WORT
St John’s Wort can help with the treatment of mild depression. You should remember that St John's wort can make other medicines less effective, including birth control pills and medicines for preventing blood clots and organ transplant rejection. Some St John’s Wort supplements include Remotiv and Swissse Mood.