The hottest natural supplements of 2021

    submitted by Virtual Strength Nutrition, 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 L-Carnitine and L-Citrulline, this combination provides athletes with enhanced cardiac function and improved mental focus.
    • Heart Health – Omega 3 fatty acids keep inflammation under control, while reducing the blood’s tendency to form clots. Another supplement, CoenzymeQ10/Ubiquinol supplies the biochemical needed for cellular energy, enhancing the heart’s pumping action and rhythm.
    • Joint Health– Tumeric 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. Still popular among active people is the combo of glucosamine and chondroitin. These supplements have been shown to lubricate joints and support health 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.  The results in a more efficient elimination system, better digestion and improved immune function. Aloe vera juice and apple cider vinegar are the other weapons in the battle for optimal gut health, with alkalizing and detoxifying properties.
    • Cognitive Health – As with heart health, omega 3 fatty acids are some of the most beneficial nutrients for brain health. They can improve both memory and mood. A newcomer to this field gaining popularity is a mushroom called Lion’s Mane. It uniquely supports cognitive function as well as immune function and digestion.
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