The 6 Best Supplements You Probably Aren’t Taking

Why is it some supplements get all the attention while others languish on obscurity? When you think of supplements, which ones immediately come to mind? Garlic? Saw palmetto? Chamomile? Flax seed oil? Probiotics? Those are all great supplements and they do get media attention because they have many healthful effects, it’s true. However, while these supplements certainly do deserve their applause, there are other supplements that are just as effective at treating a wide variety of conditions but these don’t receive nearly the same amount of publicity.

Take a look at the top 6 supplements that can do so much but are virtually unknown.

Dietary Supplements.

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1. Selenium

You may have never heard of this supplement even though it plays a vital part in overall human health. When taken along with vitamin E, it plays a big role in improving the immune system. It helps to fight off the damage caused by free radicals and even reduces the risk of certain cancer such as lung cancer, prostate cancer, and colon cancer.


2. 5-HTP

This supplement comes from tryptophan and then your body converts this into serotonin. Serotonin is something you have probably heard a lot about, it’s the neurotransmitter that causes those feelings of calmness and well-being. Because of this, 5-HTP is often used to help treat several disorders such as stress, anxiety, and depression. 5-HTP helps the body to utilize serotonin in a manner that is completely natural, it helps to promote sleep and can also be effective in treating those with insomnia.


3. Chaste berry

Although this plant has been used medicinally for centuries, Western medicine has only begun to investigate it. Research so far has shown that this is a great herb for women who want to balance their hormones. In Europe, this plant is often used to treat the symptoms of PMS, menopause, fibrous tumors in the breast, and might be helpful for certain kinds of infertility problems.


4. Cordyceps

This is a mushroom that is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for the relief of coughs, fatigue, and even for sexual problems. It has very strong antioxidant compounds but it’s believed that it has the ability to increase circulation throughout the body. Many naturopathic doctors believe this mushroom is a potent sexual aphrodisiac for women.


5. Inositol Hexaniacinate

This is a combination of inositol and niacin. It’s easily absorbed and tolerated by the body. This supplement is well known for being great at lowering cholesterol levels. Even though it’s well known, some forms of niacin cause people uncomfortable side effects such as hot flashes, flushing, or liver issues. Nashville Integrated Medicine conducted a study and found that this supplement can lower cholesterol in the body while reducing the risk for hot flashes.


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6. Spirulina

This is a type of algae ( already sounds yummy, doesn’t it?) that grows in tropical locations. It’s an unbelievably rich source of proteins, vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, and important antioxidants. Spirulina will enhance your overall well-being. It can benefit everyone, especially those who exercise hard, such as marathon runners. It has also been shown to reduce allergy symptoms in those who have severe and persistent allergies. Read more about 10 reasons to take spirulina every day.

All the supplements described above have been shown to help give some relief from a variety of issues and conditions, which can range from mild to severe. Even though they are not well known, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding them at your health food store or naturopathic pharmacy. These supplements are well worth investigating but it’s always a good idea to consult with your medical practitioner before you being any new medicine, or supplement.


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