With so many health supplements in the market, here’s what you should prioritise.
In the supplement market, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and confused by the number of options available these days. But how do you know what you really need, or what you should be taking? Don’t rush to put your money on the latest or trendiest in the health aisle. Instead, shop wisely with these evergreen recommendations from Yong Wai Chin, senior nutritionist at Nature’s Farm. She shares the top three supplements for women below.
1. Women’s multivitamin and mineral supplements (MVM)
MVMs help to ensure we are getting enough nutrients on a daily basis as our diets are not always balanced. In general, when it comes to choosing a women’s multivitamin and mineral formula, it should ideally include calcium, vitamin D3, iron and folic acid.
Women of different ages will also have slightly different daily nutritional requirements. For example, a supplement that is formulated for senior women may include herbal nutrients such as chase berry and red clover which are helpful in alleviating menopausal symptoms. Something formulated for women in their twenties and thirties would likely leave out these ingredients.
2. Omega-3 fatty acids
Omega-3 is an essential fatty acid that our body cannot produce, therefore it is important to get it through our diet or supplements. Omega-3 fatty acids help to promote heart health, improve skin and hair health, and has also been shown to enhance memory and brain development. You can get omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil capsules or pills.
Probiotics are good bacteria that help to promote healthy digestive functions. It is also well-known as one of the best supplements for women to maintain urinary and vaginal health. Reoccurring episodes of urinary tract infections are common among women due to our shorter urethra and frequent hormonal changes in life due to puberty, pregnancy, and menopause.