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With the increased threat from COVID-19, many are more aware of personal hygiene and health. Who doesn't want to be healthy? Still, many of us still have problems correcting our lifestyle and eating habits. Then dietary supplements come into play!
As a child, I hated taking supplements – they usually tasted boring or artificial. Fortunately, things have changed these days. Many dietary supplements are now available in all types of tasty and practical shapes and flavors.
Learn about all of these new chewable tablets, jellies, smoothies, shakes, juices, teas, soups, and carbonated drinks as we go through the essentials from A to Z to stay healthy!
A for vitamin A.
Vitamin A contains retinol, retina, retinoic acid and several provitamin A carotenoids (especially beta carotene). It maintains normal retinal function. A lack of vitamin A leads to visual disturbances, flaky 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 collectively called the vitamin B complex. It is mainly used to maintain metabolism and energy production, and a deficiency can lead to anemia, weakness and fatigue. Vitamin B can be obtained from a variety of 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 mussel soup
C for vitamin C.
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is perhaps the best known of all vitamins and an antioxidant that plays an important role in our immune system and collagen synthesis. A lack of vitamin C leads to gum disease, wrinkles and slow healing of wounds and diseases. Citrus fruits like oranges, lemons and grapefruits are a simple source of vitamin C, as are black currants, 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 in the sun! The human body has the natural ability to synthesize vitamin D under the sun, although this process can be hampered by melanin in the skin, which means that people with darker skin tend to have lower vitamin D levels. Because vitamin D promotes the body's absorption of calcium, magnesium and phosphate, our bones can suffer if we don't have enough of them.
Try: GREEN MONSTER – Sole Vitamin D 2000 IU
E for vitamin E.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant that prevents aging, protects us from viruses and bacteria and maintains neurological function. Nerve problems can occur if we are prevented from doing so. Nuts and vegetable oils such as wheat germ, rapeseed and sunflower oils contain a lot of vitamin E. Try: CUBE ME – Youth Cube 2-week package
F for fiber
Dietary fiber cannot be digested or absorbed. Soluble fiber found in oats, peas, beans and barley dissolves in water and forms a gel-like substance that lowers blood cholesterol and glucose levels. Insoluble fiber contained in whole wheat flour, nuts, beans and vegetables promote bowel movements to prevent constipation. High-fiber foods are more filling and take longer to digest, which makes 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, especially fermented black garlic, is rich in antioxidants and lowers cholesterol and blood pressure. It is also low in calories. Black garlic has the same taste as garlic, but does not cause bad breath and is therefore an ideal replacement for normal garlic.
Try: Fine Japan – fermented black garlic + black vinegar capsule
H for hyaluronic acid
We apply hyaluronic acid to our faces to draw moisture to the surface for plump skin. However, it can also be taken to promote healthier skin and improve joint function. Our body's hyaluronic acid level decreases with age. We can increase intake through soy-based foods, broth, citrus, and root vegetables.
Try: Woman 44 – Moisturizing Hyaluron Plus
I for iron
Iron is a component of hemoglobin that supports the transport of oxygen to different parts of our body. Iron deficiency leads to anemia, fatigue, reduced cognitive performance and susceptibility to diseases. Iron is rich in red meat, mussels, 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 harmful to health, they can also provide our body with many essential nutrients. The key is to choose 100% fruit juices instead of drinks from concentrated juices with lots of sugar and preservatives. Also try vegetable juices such as kale, beetroot, carrots, cucumber and barley grass. Aojiru is an ordinary Japanese drink made from kale or young barley grass to strengthen immunity, improve digestion, detoxify 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. A lack of it leads to weaker bones, anemia, heavy menstrual flow and bleeding from the gums and nose. There are two types of vitamin K: Vitamin K1 is mainly found in leafy vegetables such as spinach, lettuce, kale and broccoli and in fruits such as avocado, kiwi and grapes. Its absorption is improved 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 mushroom used in traditional Chinese medicine to boost the immune system, prevent aging, nourish the liver and kidneys, and promote blood circulation and metabolism. Lingzhi's spores are particularly valued, but they are surrounded by a fiber wall called chitin, which makes it difficult for the human body to absorb them. Wall-broken spore powder ensures a more effective absorption of nutrients.
Try: Herbs – Ganoderma Sporo Pollen Capsules
M for Maca
The Maca root, a.k.a. Peruvian ginseng has traditionally been used to improve fertility, endurance and sex drive, but is also used today as an energy booster. Maca powder has an earthy, nutty taste that goes well with smoothies, oatmeal and coffee.
Try: Fine Japan – Soybeans & Protein Superfood Smoothie