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With the heightened threat of COVID-19, many are now more aware of personal hygiene and health. After all, who doesn’t want to be healthy? With that being said, many of us are still struggling to rectify our lifestyle and eating habits. That’s when health supplements come into play!
I used to hate taking supplements when I was a kid – they usually tasted bland or artificial. Luckily, things have changed these days. A lot of supplements now come in all kinds of tasty and convenient forms and flavors.
Learn about all these new chewable tablets, jellies, smoothies, shakes, juices, teas, soups and carbonated drinks as we go over the essential A to Z to staying healthy!
A for Vitamin A
Vitamin A includes retinol, retinal, retinoic acid and several Provitamin A carotenoids (most notably beta-carotene.) It maintains normal function of the retina. Lack of Vitamin A results in poor eyesight, scaly skin and brittle hair. We can get Vitamin A from cod liver oil, sweet potato, carrot, broccoli, butter and kale.
Try: CALOBYE – DA Meal (Sweet Potato Flavor)
B for Vitamin B
The eight types of Vitamin B are known collectively as Vitamin B complex. It mainly serves to maintain metabolism and energy production, and deficiency can lead to anemia, weakness and fatigue. Vitamin B can be obtained from various sources including meat, salmon, shellfish, leafy greens, legumes and milk. Vitamin B12 is scarce in plants but vegans can take nutritional yeast or Brewer’s yeast as a supplement (see Part 2 – Yeast).
Try: Fine Japan – Japanese Freshwater Clam Soup
C for Vitamin C
Perhaps the best known of all vitamins, Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is an antioxidant that plays a vital role in our immune system and collagen synthesis. Lack of Vitamin C leads to gum diseases, wrinkles and slow healing from wounds and illnesses. Citrus fruits like oranges, lemons and grapefruits are an easy source of Vitamin C, as are blackcurrants, kiwis and strawberries.
Try: LEMONA – Vitamin Powder BTS Special Edition Paper Box
D for Vitamin D
The easiest way to get Vitamin D? Just go out in the sun! The human body has the natural ability to synthesize Vitamin D under the sun, although this process can be hindered by melanin in skin, which means people with darker skin tend to have lower Vitamin D levels. Since Vitamin D promotes the body’s absorption of calcium, magnesium and phosphate, our bones may suffer if we don’t have enough of it.
Try: GREEN MONSTER – Sole Vitamin D 2000 IU
E for Vitamin E
Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps to prevent aging, protect us from viruses and bacteria, and maintain neurological function. Nerve problems may occur if we’re deprived of it. Nuts and vegetable oils, such as wheat germ, canola and sunflower oils, have plenty of Vitamin E.
Try: CUBE ME – Youth Cube 2-Week Package
F for Fiber
Dietary fiber cannot be digested or absorbed. Soluble fiber, which is found in oats, peas, beans and barley, dissolves in water to form a gel-like substance that lowers blood cholesterol and glucose levels. Insoluble fiber, which is found in whole-wheat flour, nuts, beans and vegetables, promotes bowel movement to prevent constipation. High-fiber foods are more filling and take longer to digest, making them beneficial for weight control.
Try: NOTHING BETTER – Inner Cleanse Oats Powder
G for Garlic
Dracula may be afraid of garlic but ironically, it’s the key to longevity! Garlic, particularly fermented black garlic, is rich in antioxidants and helps lower cholesterol levels and blood pressure. It’s also low in calories. Black garlic has the same taste as garlic but doesn’t cause bad breath, making it an ideal replacement for normal garlic.
Try: Fine Japan – Fermented Black Garlic + Black Vinegar Capsule
H for Hyaluron
We put hyaluronic acid on our faces to draw moisture to the surface for plumper skin, but it can also be ingested to promote healthier skin and improve joint function. Our bodies’ hyaluronic acid levels decrease as we age. We can boost intake through soy-based food, bone broth, citrus fruits and root vegetables.
Try: Ms. 44 – Moisturizing Hyaluron Plus
I for Iron
Iron is a constituent of haemoglobin, which helps transport oxygen to various parts of our bodies. Lack of iron leads to anemia, fatigue, lowered cognitive performance and susceptibility to diseases. Iron is abundant in red meat, clam, beans, spinach and broccoli.
Try: Fine Japan – Japanese Sweet Bean Soup
J for Juice
While some say that fruit juices are high in sugar, low in fiber, and bad for health, they can also supply our bodies with lots of essential nutrients. The key is to choose 100% fruit juices rather than drinks made from concentrated juices with lots of added sugar and preservatives. Also, try vegetable juices like kale, beetroot, carrot, cucumber and barley grass. Aojiru is a common Japanese drink made from kale or young barley grass to boost immunity, improve digestion, detox and lose weight.
Try: Fine Japan – Organic Young Barley Grass 100% Drink
K for Vitamin K
Vitamin K is needed to clot blood and bind calcium during bone formation. Lack of it results in weaker bones, anemia, heavy menstrual flow and bleeding of the gums and nose. There are two types of Vitamin K: Vitamin K1 is found mostly in leafy greens like spinach, lettuce, kale and broccoli, and in fruits like avocado, kiwi and grape. Its absorption is enhanced by butter and oils. Vitamin K2 can be obtained from meat, cheese and eggs.
Try: Fine Japan – Japanese Vegetable Soup (3 sachets)
L for Lingzhi
Lingzhi is a fungus used in traditional Chinese medicine to strengthen the immune system, hinder aging, nourish the liver and kidneys, and promote blood circulation and metabolism. The spores of lingzhi are particularly valued, but they are surrounded by a fiber wall called chitin that makes them difficult for the human body to absorb. Wall-broken spore powder ensures more effective absorption of nutrients.
Try: Herbs – Ganoderma Sporo-Pollen Capsules
M for Maca
Maca root, a.k.a. Peruvian ginseng, was traditionally used to enhance fertility, stamina and sex drive, but it is also used as an energy booster nowadays. Maca powder has an earthy, nutty taste that goes well with smoothies, oatmeal and coffee.
Try: Fine Japan – Soybean & Protein Superfood Smoothie
Head over to part 2!