When it comes to healthcare and considering vitamins and minerals, there’s a wealth of advice out there – with products to match. For anyone interested in better, healthier living there’s never been a more interesting time to learn about and invest in supplements. Which ones to choose, though?
Here is a lowdown on all of the latest trends in health supplements. Read on to find out what’s the ‘must have’ for good health.
It’s no surprise really, given the last couple of years, that many are looking to find ways to support their immune systems as best they can. One of the newest and most exciting ways to do this is with supplements such as sea moss capsules, renowned for their immune-boosting properties and their ability to reduce fatigue and increase energy levels. Really important if stress levels and anxiety are high.
Over the last two years, people’s supplement choices have been guided by other well-known immune-boosting vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, vitamin D and zinc – all of which have the ability to support and maintain the body’s fight against common colds and flu viruses when taken regularly.
On a similar theme, probiotics are big news – for the way they can support the digestive system, promote good bowel health and help with common conditions like IBS – which often affect stress levels and the ability to fight off common illnesses.
Many people are familiar with the concept of eating fresh, live yogurt to increase the levels of good bacteria in the body, but there are increasing numbers of health supplements on the market that are designed to do the same. Probiotics aren’t always one-size-fits-all supplements, so it’s always best to research beforehand if there is a specific condition to treat, and as always, discuss with a physician to make sure it’s safe to take with any existing medications and treatments.
Supplements to aid and promote better sleep are another big trend right now. Good sleep is worth its weight in gold and struggling to get enough rest is one of the biggest factors in increased stress levels and poor immunity. Sleep blends that contain minerals like magnesium are popular – as are herbal tonics that have ingredients like valerian, lemon balm and passionflower. All are designed to promote restful slumber and relaxation.
Mental health boosters
Consumers are turning to mental health boosting supplements to combat issues with anxiety, depression, and increased stress levels. Much has been written about the effectiveness of preparations containing CBD and the emergence of adaptogenic blends, which are increasing in popularity. Adaptogens are blends of different herbs, berries and mushrooms in a supplement form that adapt to the body – and when taken regularly offer antioxidant protection that helps to deal with the stresses and strains of daily life. They may be very useful for mild cases of anxiety or low mood, but it’s always best to consult with a physician before taking anything like this.
Enjoyable gummy formats
One of the biggest developments in supplement trends across the board has been the explosion in ‘gummy’ format vitamins and minerals. These are supplements that are blended into a chewy, more candy-like tablet that often make them more fun to eat – and for children, more likely to actually encourage taking them regularly. Many brands are also now developing jelly-like supplements – even sublingual tablets that are easily dissolvable on or underneath the tongue. Useful for those people who struggle to swallow traditional pills.
Many people are used to simply selecting a supplement off the shelf or on the advice of a health practitioner, but now there are companies who offer a very personalized approach to taking vitamins and minerals – more of a technology-based approach to health and wellness. Before any supplements are recommended, a series of detailed surveys are completed which help with the decision making process – meaning a highly personalized variety of minerals and vitamins can be prescribed. This is probably one of the newest and most exciting supplement trends to come to the fore in many years. Consumers are fully in charge of their health and can make evidence-based decisions on how to treat minor and common complaints.
From high-tech supplements like adaptogens which the body can use mindfully, to personalized vitamin and mineral packages that can be tailored to suit everyone – no matter what their needs, it’s fair to say that trends in supplements are using technology and science to their fullest effect. Whether it’s a simple zinc supplement or something more complex like a probiotic treatment to target a specific gut health concern, the consumer has so much information and choice at their fingertips. It’s never been easier to look after health and wellness with the right knowledge.