Saturday, March 10, 2012

The Fab 5


The Fab 5 are the nutritional supplements all women should be taking in addition to a good daily multi-vitamin AND a calcium supplement. So really you should take 7 supplements daily and possibly more if your healthcare provider recommends. Here we go!

1) Vitamin B Complex -
•supports and increases the rate of metabolism and promotes energy
•maintains healthy skin and muscle tone
•enhances immune and nervous system function

2) Co-Enzyme Q10 -
•combining Co Q10 with prescription blood pressure medications bring blood pressure down more than by just taking the prescription drugs
•taking Co Q10 has significant health benefits for the heart and blood vessels, especially for those who have diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol
•if you are taking a "statin" medication for lowering cholesterol (such as Lipitor or Crestor), they are known to deplete Co Q10

3) Vitamin D3 -
•known as "The Sunshine Vitamin" but it's claim to fame is so much more. Currently being studied, with promising results, in 13 different disease states

4) Probiotics -
•enhance the immune function
•probiotics can play a role in reducing the development of allergy in children, decreasing H. Pylori colonization of the stomach, helping patients cope with side effects of antibiotic therapy
•assist lactose intolerant people with lactose digestion

5) Fish Oil -
•consumption of dietary fish or fish oil supplements can lower triglycerides (a certain type of blood fat) and increase "good" cholesterol while slightly thinning blood
•omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil are good for the heart and also help reduce inflammation
•shown to significantly reduce the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration
•fish oil has been shown to be beneficial to pregnant women and the unborn child

I shared this information from fellow pharmacist Janet Beard who owns Harvest Drug and Gift in Wichita Falls, TX.