Lynn Laboranti, M.S., R.D.
Are you barely dragging yourself around? Maybe your lack of energy shows in just coming home at the end of the day and finding it hard to get off the sofa. It’s hard to cope with life when your energy is running low. Vitamins and supplements may be able to help give you back some of your sparkle by making sure your body gets the nutritional support it needs and ensuring that oxygen is carried efficiently throughout the bloodstream. Lynn Laboranti, our Wellness Expert, answered some questions about getting the bounce in your step back.
Wellness Advisor: What causes a lack of energy and fatigue?
Lynn Laboranti: Many factors can contribute to a lack of energy, and energy depletion and can wreak havoc on us more than we think! High amounts of stress, lack of sleep, poor diet, and busy lifestyles can negatively affect our energy levels. With regard to nutrition, adequate intakes of all nutrients will not only help maintain proper nutrient levels for overall health, but also enhance our energy. It may be challenging for most people to eat healthy on a daily basis. Therefore, nutritional supplements can help us maintain good health and boost energy to keep us going!
WA: What nutritional supplements are recommended for lack of energy?
Laboranti: Laboranti: Here’s a list of products that can help promote healthy energy levels:
Daily Multivitamin with Minerals: Taking a high quality multivitamin and mineral serves as the foundation of a nutritional supplementation program. A daily multivitamin/mineral supplement helps to promote good health and may help maintain energy levels as well. Nature Made offers a variety of multivitamin and mineral formulas like our Nature Made Multi Complete that provides a balance of key vitamins and minerals to support a healthy lifestyle. Be sure to select a formula that is right for your specific age and gender-related needs.
Super B Complex: B vitamins play a supportive role when it comes to the energy-producing pathways of the body. They allow our energy processes to work efficiently in order to provide us with the energy we need to carry out our day. B vitamins become especially important during illness, rigorous exercise and in times of stress. During these times, B vitamins may be excreted more rapidly from our body, thereby increasing our requirement. Supplementing with a B complex like Nature Made Super B Complex can help maintain our energy production and promote healthy energy levels.
Vitamin C: Vitamin C is a water-soluble antioxidant vitamin that plays a vital role in many immunity mechanisms. Like the B vitamins, the need for vitamin C increases under periods of stress, such as during an infection, since it is more rapidly depleted during these times. Vitamin C also works closely with other antioxidants in the body to help protect our cells from damaging substances.
Iron: Iron is an essential component of red blood cells and has a central role in transporting oxygen in the body. Without oxygen, cells cannot function properly which can lead to fatigue and a lack of energy. If iron-deficiency anemia is present, then an iron supplement is usually recommended to correct the deficiency. Iron-deficiency anemia is the most common nutritional deficiency worldwide and the most common cause of anemia in the United States, especially among children and women during their childbearing years. Symptoms of anemia include fatigue, poor concentration, and an increase in colds and infections. Iron also helps strengthen the immune system and helps in the manufacturing of collagen, a protein that builds connective tissues. If an iron deficiency or anemia is suspected, a blood test can determine iron status.
A Guide to the B Vitamins
There are so many B vitamins it can be easy to forget what each one is for. We have put together a friendly little guide to let you know what each B vitamin does for you and why they are essential to ensuring your health and energy level.
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