I have been asked a few times about what supplements I take so here they are (in no particular order) along with why they are important:
Glucosamine and MSM
I hurt my low back about 8 years ago (hairline fracture in my L5) and since then it has always been a little (or a lot) achy. I have been taking Glucosamine and MSM for about a year now consistently and I have really noticed a difference in my pain and discomfort level. Glucosamine is a basic building block for the formation of cartilage, ligaments, tendons, and bones. MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) helps with joint comfort and flexibility.
Fish oil contains both EPA, DHA, and omega 3 which are important for so many reasons. They nourish the brain, help raise good cholesterol, help balance out cortisol levels (the stress hormone that increases belly-fat and causes inflammation), and help with both depression and anxiety.
I started taking this after I learned that many people are deficient in B vitamins and especially those who eat a vegetarian diet. Although I am not a full vegetarian, I rarely eat meat so I figured I was probably deficient. After taking it for nearly a year I can tell you that I have definitely noticed a difference in my energy levels and overall health.
I started taking probiotics after doing some research for a client on them. It is INSANE how important they are for health. If you are not taking these you NEED to start. Here are a few articles you can read to learn more about the importance of having healthy gut flora:
Scientific American: How Gut Bacteria Makes Us Fat and Thin
Scientific American: Mental Health May Depend on Creatures in Your Gut
Autism Speaks: More Evidence Linking Altered Gut Bacteria to ASD
Biotin is a B vitamin that supports healthy skin, hair, and nails. I started to taking this because I noticed that my hair and nails were brittle. They have gotten better since then. This deficiency was probably caused by my nearly vegetarian diet.
These 5 vitamins are important for many reasons, however, I started adding them after reading an article about adrenal fatigue written on the Wellness Mama Blog about the supplements she added to recover from adrenal fatigue. I think adrenal fatigue is something that many people suffer from adrenal fatigue without knowing it. To learn more about adrenal fatigue click here.
Hope this helps!