How Do I Decide What Supplements to Take When so Many Are Available?
I’m going to assume that you’re already taking a good multivitamin and the other core nutrients that I recommend everyone use, and instead need some guidance on how to choose the right supplement for a specific health problem.
That’s a tough question. For any condition, there are multiple supplement solutions, and it can take a bit of trial and error to discover which one is best for you. But as a general rule, there are a few factors you should take into account when deciding what supplements to take. These include your—
- Prescription medications
- Overall health status
Let’s take insomnia as an example. There are many sleep products on the market, but my top recommendations include melatonin, valerian root, and L-theanine. Which one should you take?
If you’re over age 50, you may do well on melatonin, a sleep-enhancing hormone that declines with age. If you have trouble falling asleep because of anxiety or a busy mind, I’d suggest L-theanine or valerian—both of which calm the mind and promote relaxation.
One last note—when you begin a supplement, make sure you take it long enough to know whether it will be effective. If it’s not, don’t give up. Determining what supplements to take isn’t an exact science.
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