What You Should Look For In A Supplement

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If there’s one thing that holds true about any kind of fitness regimen, it’s that you can’t get fit without the right kind of nutrition. In our article on ‘The 8 Biggest Fitness & Diet Myths You Must Stop Believing If You’re Over 40 and Want to Burn Fat,” we talk about how important proper nutrition is for anyone looking to get healthier. Exercise and activity is a necessary part of the human experience, but equally necessary is making sure that you’re taking in the right kind of fuel.

Whole food is always the best for improving and maintaining your health, but if you need a little extra boost then supplements are a great option. Supplements are easy to store, easy to portion out, and can contain a multitude of other nutrients that make getting fit easier. If you’re not sure how to start on your supplement journey, we’ve collected a few tips for picking the right ones.

Protein Supplements

If you’re working out in order to achieve your ideal body goals, then you’ll probably want a protein that’s nutritious yet good for weight loss. These protein supplements will leave you feeling fuller, reducing the urge to snack while maintaining your muscle mass and energy. Experts advise picking unsweetened protein for this, as anything with sugar could cause you to crave more food instead of less.

Men’s Health recommends looking at powders with fewer ingredients, and protein listed as the first one. For people who can tolerate dairy or lactose, whey-protein isolates are the best choice. Additionally, you should ensure you’re your protein has been verified by a third party, as that means it’s safe, healthy, and good for you.

Superfood Supplements

Superfoods are special because they’re food that is known for being nutritionally dense. This means that you’re getting far more nutrients in a single serving compared with other foodstuffs. Superfoods run the gamut from berries to fruits to vegetables to animal products and byproducts, so there’s a lot of range available depending on the kind of diet you have.

When you’re picking a superfood powder, determining origin is one of the most important parts of the selection process. An article on superfood powder benefits on Brightcore advises consumers to buy powders made from high quality ingredients, and without unnecessary fillers. Your supplement blend should be as close to natural as possible, while still remaining safe and effective.

Fish Oil Supplements

Fish oil doesn’t sound particularly appetizing, but it’s definitely one of the most popular supplement types around. That’s because fish oil contains the heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, which lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and improve overall heart health. While eating whole fish is always the best source for omega-3s, fish oil presents an affordable, convenient solution to boosting your heart health.

But how do you know which fish oil supplement is right for you? Registered dietician Tamara Duker Freuman has laid out a list of tips that can help narrow down your search for the perfect fish oil supplement. She advises to check in with your doctor first of all regarding the appropriate dosage for you, and whether fish oil will interfere with medication that you’re already taking. Another piece of advice is to familiarize yourself with the language— learn how to decipher EPA and DHA amounts, and look for brands that are third-party tested.

Supplements aren’t exactly medicine, so they’re not regulated as strictly. That leaves the burden of picking safe and correct supplements up to the consumer. While powders and supplements are important additions to any diet— especially if you’re actively exercising— it’s always important to check in with your doctor or registered dietician before making a purchase.

Supplements are meant to complement a healthy diet, not replace it, so if your doctor says you have your nutritional needs covered, you may not even need them. Regardless of whether you choose to supplement or not, always make sure that you’re empowered with the correct information on ingredients, dosage, and possible side effects. Keep fit, and keep healthy!

Jill Brown
Jill Brown
Hi, I'm JillI am a Los Angeles based Fitness + Nutrition Coach. With 20+ years of experience in teaching, training and continuing my education, I have transformed thousands of lives through fitness and healthy lifestyle changes.