Hottest natural supplements of the summer

    submitted by GNC Newtown

    Each day, more and more people are turning to natural supplements to fill the nutritional gaps in their diets.

    A recent survey among those who regularly use vitamins and natural supplements noted the following as the major areas of concern: sports nutrition, cardiovascular health, cognitive support, joint health and digestion.

    Here are some of the more popular products chosen for these needs:

    SPORTS NUTRITION – Olympic athletes don’t mess around when it comes to pre-workouts for training. The 2012 London Olympics saw thousands of competitors adopt naturally based formulas featuring beet root powder. Beets contain nitrates which transform into nitric oxide, getting more oxygen into our muscles. The effect is an increase in strength and endurance. Coupled with lab grade L-Carnitine and L-Citrulline, athletes see enhanced mental focus, as well as improved cardiac function. These supplements, along with proper hydration, can have a significant impact on your training regimen.

    HEART HEALTH – Omega-3 fatty acids keep inflammation under control, while reducing the blood’s tendency to form clots. Another supplement, Coenzyme Q-10/ubiquinol  supplies the biochemicals needed for cellular energy, enhancing the heart’s pumping action and  rhythm.

    JOINT HEALTH – Turmeric is fast becoming the popular choice for joint pain. This Indian spice is a powerful anti-inflammatory. It also supports healthy blood sugar and liver function. Coupled with tamarind extract, a powerful anti- stiffness supplement, turmeric is an extremely effective joint remedy. Still popular among active people is the combo of glucosamine and chondroitin. These supplements have been shown to lubricate joints and support healthy cartilage. Finally, topical CBD lotions are a powerful addition in the arsenal against joint pain.

    DIGESTIVE HEALTH – Probiotics/acidophilus support a healthy balance of micro flora in the colon. This results in a more efficient elimination system, better digestion and improved immune function.  Aloe vera juice and apple cider vinegar are other weapons in the battle for optimal gut health, with alkalizing and detoxifying properties.