I am extremely lucky to have a doctor as a husband. (he is not a supplement expert but he explains the science to me when it gets technical when I do my reading). We are both very much into healthy living, and we have the occasional slip-ups like most people, but we will both get back on the healthy living track to try and help our body live the best way possible. Whilst in London and New York, I always set half a morning aside to visit my favourite store, Whole Foods Market.
One of the great thing about being married to a doctor is attending his medical conferences where I often meet highly specialized anti-ageing experts from all over the world. They can help me understand the stuff that I already know but it is always so confusing so I ask them to help me simplify some of the more important information on mind-boggling topics supplements.
Most recently, I met one of the leading doctors from LA who believes women around my age (mid-late thirties) should take the following supplements so I went shopping at Whole Foods on Kensington High Street during my trip back to London. I love the whole organic concept when it comes to food but struggle to be disciplined about my supplements – so I asked him for a short list that I could deal with on a daily basis.
#Vitamin D – it has several important functions including regulating the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body. These nutrients keep bones and teeth healthy. Vitamin D can obtained from sunlight but if you have darker skin, it is harder for the sun’s benefits to penetrate the skin.
Good food sources – oily fish and eggs
#Magnesium – is a crucial mineral to help keep the body’s function pressure normal, bones strong and the heart rhythm steady. If you regularly consume alcohol, drink dark soft drinks, caffeinated drinks, these tend to reduce the amount of magnesium available in the body.
Good food sources – beans and nuts, brown rice and whole wheat bread and green leafy vegetables.
#Zinc – it is much required by more than 300 enzymes in our body which are currently known and it plays a huge part in immunity, reproduction, skin health and vision.
Good food sources – oysters and other shellfish, grass fed beef, lamb, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeks, shiitake mushrooms, spinach, quinoa and oats.
#Omega 3 – there are a list of benefits from a healthy heart, regulation of cholesterol triglyceride and the intellect of your children as it has a big impact on the health of the brain.
Good food sources – fish (but be aware of mercury levels and other toxins) so the best would be wild Alaskan salmon and small sardines.
#Curcumin (contained in turmeric) – it has been used in India for thousands of year, and it is the spice that gives curries its yellow colour. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory and has antioxidant properties. Top tip: this is even more absorbable with black pepper so add it to your cooking together.
Good food sources – you can add this spice to curries, pasta sauces, omelettes to boost your food.
I discovered that the world of supplements was not as ‘clean’ as they like to make out – yes, the world of healthy living has to be researched well too. Many of the supplement companies use binding agents to club together the ingredients making a tablet. The problem is I don’t know which brands to buy. The shelves at Whole Foods are stacked with pills with so many brands – and choice is mind-boggling these days.
I spent time with the Whole Foods in-house expert, and Viridian came out as one of the top brands because they don’t binding agents in their supplements, instead the supplements are placed in a casing which is softer on the stomach. Viridian products are also available in Dubai.
I am not selling on behalf of Viridian, and I am coming from a place of passion and I really want to share my research with you. After my chat with the in-house expert I was curious to find out more about Viridian. I went onto the Viridian website, and I fell in love with their ethical concept. The owner of the company was 17 when she chose to become a vegetarian and spent her twenties passionately working on a Health Magazine in the UK before joining Solgar. Then she worked her way up to become the MD of Solgar UK. When the company was sold in 1999, she launched with a team of advisors and experts, Viridian. This company finds the best quality ingredients, and some are organic, and they do not use binding agents. She is also passionate about charities, and insists that parts of the profits are donated to charity. 40% to children’s charities, 40% to the environment, and she allows her consumers to vote for the charities they want these profits to go to. I love supporting businesses like these and want to encourage more of them to be around.
Please note that I am not a doctor or nutritionist but I have a passion for trying to super charge my body. Please ensure that you speak to your doctor before taking any of these supplements.