Before considering any supplement, take a look at your overall nutrition. If you are guilty of such things that have already been discussed such as not ingesting protein at each feeding, not getting in enough fruits and vegetables or eating starchy carbs at the wrong times of day, supplementation may not help. Aim to improve your nutrition before you search out for supplements. With that being said, people who are good with their nutrition and are active on a regular basis may be lacking essential macro- and micronutrients. Or maybe it’s a case of you wanting to accelerate your fat loss, enhance recovery or bolster your overall health. In these cases you may want to consider one or more of the following supplements:
· Fish Oil: can help with cardiovascular health, joint health, cognitive function and fat loss. Choose a fish oil that has high levels of EPA/DHA since you should be aiming to get in 2-3 grams of EPA/DHA daily with supplementation of fish oil.
· Protein Supplement: can help bring up your overall protein intake, which should be around 1g/lb of body weight for an active individual. Will also help speed up recovery post-workout.
· Multivitamin: can help bring up micronutrient deficiencies for optimal overall health. Whole food based multivitamins are your best bet.
· Greens Supplement: provides antioxidant support especially when regular fruit and vegetable intake is not optimal.
· Vitamin D: extremely important in regards to immune system function and can help improve insulin sensitivity. Supplementation with 2,000 I.U. of Vitamin D is suggested, especially when exposure to sunlight is limited.