We all know that beauty starts from the inside, but did you know that eating clean + throwing back the green drinks still doesn’t get you all the vitamins // nutrients your body needs? Essential vitamins are those that the body cannot produce on its own, + therefore must come from dietary sources in order to properly fuel + nourish it. Even with the help of a well-balanced diet, we could all benefit from the use of additional nutritional supplements for everything from shinier hair to the energy boost you need during 6AM spin class. Read on for the best picks —
This essential vitamin protects cell membranes + DNA from damage, promoting normal growth // cell division. Benefits of Vitamin E include improved immune function + healthy, clearer skin. Why not leave the gym with a post-workout *glow*?
For an energy boost, turn to this traditional Chinese remedy. Chemicals found in ginseng stimulate the cardiovascular system to reduce stress + anxiety, along with improving digestion. Regular supplementation can help you sleep better [+ study // work harder when you have to]!
This water-soluble vitamin aids in fat metabolism + brain activities like memory // movement. Endurance runners + vegetarians // vegans are at greatest risk for choline deficiency, which has been linked to neurological disorders + fatty liver disease. If you’re training for upcoming spring races [or prepping long-term for your first half or full], make sure to incorporate therapeutic levels of this vitamin into your regular diet.
Also known as Vitamin B3 or Nicotinic Acid, this supplement is important for a variety of reasons — from energy metabolism to healthy hair, skin, eyes + nervous system. Adequate levels of niacin may do all this while also reducing risk of heart disease, but toxicity can cause a rosy, tingling flush of the skin — so make sure to monitor your intake + keep it in the safe range.
Another member of the Vitamin B family — riboflavin has roles in energy, iron, + hormone regulation. Research also shows strong support for riboflavin as an herbal remedy to severe migraines. Since there are no known toxic levels or adverse side effects of taking this vitamin supplementally, feel free to use it when finals week hits you hardest.
You may have heard of Beta-Carotene + Retinol — pre-vitamins found in foods such as plants, cheese, + milk that are then converted by the body into usable Vitamin A. If you’ve adopted a dairy-free diet, you may consider taking Vitamin A that’s already been converted into supplement-form to ensure your body maintains 20/20 vision + a strong immune system.
We often think about what foods we put into our bodies, but how often do we stop to question why some foods are better than others? By knowing which vitamins are essential for our bodies to serve us best, we can in turn make better choices + seek healthy alternatives when necessary.
+Alyssa (amatts_inchaarg) // UConn CHAARG