7 Common Supplements And Why You Should Be Taking Them

By Dana Poblete

So many supplements, so little time. It's easy to get overwhelmed with your day-to-day, let alone which supplements you should be taking, but with the benefits that come with them, supps should at the top of your priorities. To make things easier, we've put together a list of the 7 most common supplements and why you should be taking them.

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Probiotics

Essential to a strong immune system, taking a probiotic a day might be one of the most impactful things you can do for your health. Probiotics fill your system with good bacteria, which you need to help fight off pesky illnesses like the cold and flu. They'll also help tremendously with digestion. You can take probiotics in pill form, or you can drink some kombucha to get loads of friendly bacteria into your system.

Prebiotics

These go hand in hand with probiotics. It's easy to overlook the benefits of prebiotics when all the focus lately has been on probiotics - but think of these guys as a fertilizer for all of your healthy gut bacteria (aka probiotics). Prebiotics will help you get the most out probiotics, and they're even more effective when taken together.

Vitamin C

We can all remember being told to drink orange juice whenever we were sick growing up. Well, OJ is indeed packed with the good stuff - vitamin C that is. This beneficial vitamin can help with the common cold, boosting your immune system, and even skin health and wrinkles. The list goes on and on...

Zinc

It's crazy just how much zinc does for immunity. It's been said to help with the common cold, heal wounds faster, and even reduce the risk of chronic disease. Now we're not doctors or anything, but sounds like this one's a no-brainer to add to your daily supplements - stat!

Omega-3

This good-for-you oil helps combat everything from depression and anxiety to arthritis and heart disease. The easiest way to get more omega-3 fatty acids are from food sources like fatty fish, chia seeds, and walnuts - but if you're not eating a ton of these foods regularly, you can take a fish oil pill every day.

Calcium

Although it's famously known for building and maintaining strong bones, did you know that calcium is also essential for heart and muscle health? Turns out, it may even play a part in decreasing PMS symptoms. Stronger bones, a healthier heart, and relief from PMS? Sounds like a winner.

Magnesium

Along with calcium, magnesium is crucial for heart and muscle health. It's also known as the "original chill pill" - it'll help with anxiety and tension, making it the perfect supplement to take right before bed. Get ready for an extra good night's sleep!

What's your favorite supp?