Supplements for General Health

In an ideal world, eating a healthy, balanced diet should provide sufficient amounts of the essential nutrients we need to keep us feeling well and full of energy. In reality, it can be difficult to plan and eat nutritionally-balanced meals regularly and there are often nutritional gaps in our diet.

Nutritional requirements can vary depending on factors like age, gender, medication use, digestive issues (which affect nutrient absorption), restricted eating, dietary preferences and the ratio of fresh to processed foods.

Ensuring you are eating a nutrient-dense diet, and topping up with supplements where needed, can help to support your general health and minimise your risk of developing health issues. Keeping active, sleeping well and avoiding stress are other ways to optimise your overall health.

Key Foods for General Health

Aim for regular, balanced meals which combine all three macronutrients – complex carbohydrates, good quality protein, and healthy fats.

  • Complex carbohydrates – choose a small portion of a whole-food carbohydrate such as wholegrain rye bread or pitta bread, whole-wheat pasta, sweet potato, beans, lentils or brown rice.
  • Protein – include a protein-rich food at every meal. Good sources include meat, fish, cheese, yoghurt, eggs, tofu, hummus, quinoa, beans, chickpeas and lentils.
  • Fat – choose healthy fats including oily fish, avocados, extra virgin olive oil, coconut, ghee/butter, hemp seed oil, nuts and seeds.
  • Eat a rainbow of different coloured fruits and vegetables daily to supply essential vitamins and micronutrients. The fibre from these foods also helps to feed the beneficial gut bacteria which support overall health.

Which Supplements Can Support General Health?

  1. Multivitamin and mineral complex
  2. Omega-3
  3. Vitamin D3
  4. Magnesium
  5. Vitamin B12 for those on plant-based diets

Top Tips on Buying Supplements for General Health

  • Choose a multivitamin and mineral complex targeted to your particular life stage, for example teenage health, men’s health, pregnancy and breastfeeding, childbearing women, post-menopause or over-50s.
  • Vitamin D3 is the bioavailable form of vitamin D. Ideally, it’s a good idea to have your vitamin D levels tested as you may need a higher dose if you are severely deficient.
  • Magnesium glycinate and magnesium citrate are the most bioavailable forms of magnesium, either in powder or capsule form.
  • Look for vitamin B12 in its activated form which is better absorbed in the body. Choose hydroxycobalamin or methylcobalamin forms.

Nutritional Therapy Support for General Health

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