10 Supplements Everyone Should Take
High omega 3 foods and supplements have numerous health benefits. This fat is good for you! Omega-3 fatty acids are a collection of polyunsaturated fatty acids, including eicosapentaenic acid (EPA) and docosahexanoic acid (DHA), found in fish, and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which is found in plants. Most Western diets are high in Omega 6 & 9 (Olive, Canola, Sunflower, grapeseed, etc.), which would be great if we were also getting enough Omega 3 to balance it out, but most of us are deficient. Omega 6 & 9 have an inflammatory action in the body and Omega 3 has an anti-inflammatory action on the body so getting more Omega 3 is extremely important. Omega 3’s can help with many conditions including Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease, Alzheimer’s, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Asthma, ADHD and Rheumatoid Arthritis. They help reduce inflammation throughout the body, can improve memory, maintain the fluidity of the cell membranes, and lower the amount of cholesterol in the bloodstream. Omega 3’s are very beneficial for heart health as well as skin and eye health. Omega 3’s pack a huge nutritional punch!
Here are some omega 3 products we offer here at Hanna’s Herb Shop:
Omega 3- D, Liquid: Nordic Naturals Omega-3-D is a great-tasting, fresh, and pure source of Omega-3s, vitamin E, and vitamin D. This formula can help support the immune system and the central nervous system. All Nordic Natural fish oils surpass all pharmaceutical standards for freshness and purity.
Omega-3: Nordic Naturals Omega-3 provides EPA and DHA from purified fish oil in a fish derived gelatin soft gel. It is purified through molecular distillation to ensure the absence of impurities including PCBs and heavy metals.
Omega, Ultimate: Another Nordic Naturals product, Ultimate Omega has been clinically shown to support heart health, and the body’s natural anti-inflammatory response. Double-strength EPA+DHA for increased omega-3 benefits in fewer soft gels. Ultimate Omega® provides exceptionally high levels of the omega-3 fats EPA and DHA. It is ideal for people wanting high intensity, therapeutic support in a smaller serving.
Fermented Cod Liver Oil: Blue Ice Unflavored capsules or Cinnamon Tingle liquid: Natural Cod liver oil has a deep and rich history providing a variety of natural Vitamins A and D along with other nutrients. Many of the great historical cultures had one sacred food which they relied on to ensure strong mind, body, and spirit: fermented fish/fish liver oil.
Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in our bodies and is found primarily in our bones. This nutrient is responsible for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body like providing energy, regulating body temperature, helping with sleep, relaxing the muscles, and boosting the immune system. It helps prevent muscle spasms and can alleviate premenstrual syndrome. Magnesium is also necessary for calcium and vitamin C metabolism, as well as the metabolism of phosphorus, sodium and potassium. Magnesium helps prevent calcium deposits, as well as kidney and gallstones.
Magnesium is especially helpful during cold and flu season as it helps the body deal with stress and boosts the immune system by improving digestion. Stress and mood health as well as digestive health play a big role in the function of our immune system (click the links to learn more) so during the height of germ and bacteria invasion, magnesium can help cut down your chances of getting sick.
There are many ways in which Magnesium is lost from the body, e.g. alcohol, coffee, black tea, grains, soy, most pharmaceutical drugs, and calcium supplements and it is estimated that most people are Magnesium deficient. Supplementation can be very important for many people.
Here are some magnesium products we offer here at Hanna’s Herb Shop:
Chelated Magnesium: Country Life: helps to relax muscles and maintain an already normal blood flow.
Magnesium Orotate: KAL: provides nutritive support for healthy bones, teeth, nerve and muscle function. Orotate is intended to provide nutritive support for normal DNA and RNA synthesis.
Calcitron: Nature’s Plus: a calcium and magnesium combination. This formula contains double the magnesium to calcium and supports healthy bones, natural energy production, and overall wellbeing! This is the calcium supplement that Hanna recommended.
3. Multi Vitamins:
Although taking a multi-vitamin & Mineral is an obvious choice for a top 10 list, it’s amazing how many people still don’t take one. Vitamins and Minerals are organic substances necessary for life. They are found in various amounts in all the food we eat. They are essential to the normal functioning of our bodies and support our general health and well-being. Unfortunately, it is nearly impossible to receive all the necessary vitamins and minerals we need from food alone. Soil is depleted, so we don’t get enough nutrients on a daily basis just from our diets. Stress, illness, and environmental pollution further deplete the body’s store of vitamins and minerals. Hanna said “Taken in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle, multivitamins can help to support and promote excellent health throughout our lives.”
Here are some of the multi vitamins we like at Hanna’s Herb Shop:
Multi-Vitamin & Mineral, Adults, Chewable: Nutritional support for natural energy production and overall well-being. Natural pineapple flavor. Vegetarian. Free from artificial colors and preservatives.
Multi-Vitamin & Mineral, Source of Life: A vegetarian and hypoallergenic multi-vitamin formula with whole food concentrates and a guaranteed burst of energy.
Certified Organics Men’s Multivitamin: A supplement that’s rich in customized botanical blends to renew, strengthen, and protect core body systems for lasting performance, vitality, and health.
Certified Organic Women’s Multivitamin: This comprehensive women’s multivitamin is a food-based formula contains optimal potencies of nourishing certified organic whole foods, such as spirulina, acai berry, pomegranate, beet and kale as well as organic, adaptogenic herbs including American ginseng, angelica and green tea to fortify and protect the female system and promote energy in an easy-to-swallow vegetarian capsule.
Multi-Vitamin, Menopause One: This is a whole body formulation that supports long-term health, addresses all the systems of a woman’s body affected by menopause and increases vitality for a difference you can feel- in just one tablet a day.
Multi-Vitamin & Mineral, Liquid, Wild Berry Flavor, Iron-Free: This unique formula utilizes brown rice protein as a stabilizing agent for maximum bioavailability of the vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. Iron-free and taste-tested by Hanna’s employees!
Enzymes work as a catalyst to accelerate chemical reactions in the body. They are needed to help control all mental and physical functions as well as aid in the digestion of food, transforming protein into amino acids. They are important in the process of extracting minerals from food, allowing the body to absorb and assimilate them. Enzymes work with vitamins in every chemical reaction inside and outside the cells. Enzymes rule over all other nutrients and are responsible for nearly every facet of life and health and far outweigh the importance of every other nutrient. Most of us are not getting enough enzymes and could greatly benefit from supplementation.
Although most people know of digestive enzymes, there are thousands of other enzymes in the body all responsible for supporting every body function and greatly affecting immune health.
Here are some of our favorite enzyme products we have available at Hanna’s Herb Shop:
Digestive Enzyme™: Targeted at the maintenance of a healthy, natural digestive process, along with proper dietary considerations. Gentler than Enzymes™. Gently maintains a healthy digestive process.
Enzymes: One of our most unique products designed for sustaining proper digestive enzymes. The key to its success is that it is all herbal. Your body can do the work it was designed for without depending on added aids. More robust than Digestive Enzyme™. Assists with a properly working digestive process.
Maxi-Zyme Caps : A comprehensive digestive enzyme complex to support maximum digestive power.
Regulat Pro Bio: Regulat Pro Bio is a fresh, whole food concentrate made with cascade fermentation from organic fruits, nuts and vegetables. Live Cascade Fermentation is a patented, dynamic fermentation process that takes several weeks and uses strains of lactic acid bacteria to release phyto, micro and other nutrients from the plants and contains the building blocks for numerous enzymes that the body creates.
Digest Gold with ATPro: An enzyme formulation for digesting protein, fat, carbohydrates and fiber. Formulated with synergistic ingredients to promote optimal digestion, one capsule of Digest Gold per meal is typically sufficient to address common digestive complaints.
Wobenzym N: is a systemic (whole body) enzyme supplement used for healthy joints, a robust circulation system, immune health and anti-ageing and to help recover from injury. The enzymes in Wobenzym break down certain harmful proteins that irritate joints and slow down recovery from injuries. Wobenzym works like a biological “vacuum cleaner” to clean the blood of these harmful proteins and reduce inflammation.
Serrapeptase: Has an excellent anti-inflammatory response in the body for numerous health benefits. Known to eat dead cell tissue, it helps with scar tissue, joint mobility and sinus health.
5. Trace Minerals:
Unfortunately, naturally-occurring foods rich in nutrients are becoming harder to come by. Aggressive farming methods have depleted the soil and it is more essential now than ever to obtain minerals from supplement form. Trace minerals are found in the body in various amounts. All trace minerals support normal functions of the body and bring it into balance. For example, copper helps your body make hemoglobin and connective tissues. Chromium helps the insulin in your body in order to use calcium. Calcium Fluoride protects your teeth from decaying (not sodium fluoride, the type of fluoride found in toothpaste and in many places tap water), it also helps harden tooth enamel, and helps strengthens bones. Trace mineral supplements provide a higher number of minerals, although in smaller amounts, than multi-mineral supplements.
Here are some of the trace minerals’ products that we offer at Hanna’s Herb Shop:
Trace Mineral Tablets: Captures the perfect balance of trace minerals derived from sea water in a convenient capsule form.
Zing Trace Minerals: This super concentrate with fulvic acid is pure and cost effective. It is bottled in glass to maintain its purity. Zing is made from a pristine and pure source of ancient plant material and contains over 70 trace minerals and 12 trace amino acids, in a pure cold water extraction of Fulvic Acid for optimal cell absorption.
Probiotics, which translates to ‘pro life’, are living microorganisms in the digestive system that help maintain a healthy system. We’ve all heard of probiotics and know they are good for us, but all the reasons why may surprise you:
First, they help to support normal function of the body. They aid in proper digestion and assimilation of food and help with the synthesis of vitamins and nutrients. They strengthen the mucus lining of the intestines and help it act as a barrier against infection. Friendly bacteria can also promote healthy cholesterol levels, prevent skin conditions such as eczema, and help lessen the severity of allergies. They support immune health by increasing the number of immune cells and supporting normal cell reproduction.
Second, they work towards prohibiting bad organisms from flourishing. The intestinal tract is home to around 100 trillion microorganisms, but not all of them are friendly. They come from the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe. Many of these microorganisms are mere nuisances and are hardly noticed. Some can make you feel sick for a few days while others can make you seriously ill. The body can deal with many of these microbes if it is well equipped. Friendly bacteria create lactic acid which balances the ph of the intestines and make it inhospitable to parasites. They also crowd out harmful bacteria, depriving them of nourishment, and thus preventing their growth. Probiotics also destroy the toxins released by ‘bad’ bacteria.
Here’s some of the best probiotics we’ve found:
Probiotic, Dr. Ohhira’s 12 Plus: Contain a unique biologically active fermented paste which contains 12 strains of lactic acid bacteria (including the potent TH10). The bacteria are fermented for three years in a natural non- dairy medium. This product is vegetarian, non- dairy, enteric coated and is stable at room temperature.
Probiotic, Reg’Activ Detox & Liver Health: Contains the revolutionary probiotic strain Lactobacillus fermentum ME-3. Studied for over 20 years, ME-3 has been found to support healthy glutathione levels—a key to healthy liver function. Also has extra ingredients to support liver health.
Probiotic, Reg’Activ Immune & Vitality: Also contains the revolutionary probiotic strain Lactobacillus fermentum ME-3, which produces glutathione—well known for its antioxidant, detoxification, and immune system-supporting activities and has added L-Carnitine and vitamins for immune health and increased energy levels.
Probiotic, Taurin- Dophilus: Re-establishes friendly bacteria in the intestines after prolonged illness or prescription medication use. Combining an acidophilus supplement with taurine is the perfect follow-up for the Candida Formula #1 and Candida Formula #2 program or rebuilding the flora. Hanna said a healthy digestive system will produce its own taurine once it is restored.
“Adaptogen” is a term used by herbalists to refer to a natural herb that is proposed to increase the body’s resistance to stress, trauma, anxiety and fatigue! In the past they have been called rejuvenating herbs as they are useful in treating imbalances of the body. Adaptogens assist in getting better sleep, help ward off illness by boosting your immune system and increase energy and mental clarity. While prescription drugs remain in your system and often affect various organs, once the job of the adaptogen is complete, those herbs are eliminated or incorporated into the body without side effects.
Most of us have stress as a part of daily life and guess what? Our bodies are not designed for it, which is why many practitioners believe adaptogens should be part of everyone’s supplement regimen. Adaptogens are only now gaining a great momentum in the US but have been a favored group of herbs by Asians for thousands of years. What makes an herb adaptogenic?
- Nontoxic to the user; non-habit forming.
- Generates a nonspecific response (doesn’t target a specific body region and instead benefits the body as a whole).
- Creates a state of balance/homeostasis.
Here are some amazing Adaptogens by Kroeger Herb Products:
American Ginseng Root Tincture, New Dimensions®: Has shown promise in addressing a range of ailments including nervous disorders, prostate health for men, promoting the health of the stomach, and stimulating energy levels.
Ashwagandha Complete Concentrate: Best known for its ability to help the body recover from illness and ease stress and anxiety. It also help support a healthy brain, immune system and is great for sexual health.
Eleuthero Root Complete Concentrate: Promotes general well being in the body, while supporting resistance to stress. It restores overstressed adrenal glands, and increases energy, endurance and stamina. It may help speed up recovery from athletic exertion. It improves alertness, mental clarity and cognitive function when under stress.
Goji Berry Complete Concentrate: Nourishes and tonifies the kidneys, liver, eyes and blood. This super food helps to improve the body as a whole is widely used as an anti aging tonic.
Holy Basil (Tulsi) Complete Concentrate: Enhances the body’s ability to cope with and minimize stress while increasing vitality and energy. It may also offer some help with hypertension, diabetes, and cardiovascular problems.
Schizandra Complete Concentrate : Beneficial for young and old, men and women alike! It boosts the body’s resistance to fatigue, anxiety, illness and mood swings. Schizandra is also beneficial for liver health.
“Antioxidant” and “free-radical” are terms that have been commonplace in the discussion of natural health for many years now, but what is an “antioxidant,” and what function do they perform in the body?
An antioxidant is defined as “a substance that inhibits oxidation or reactions promoted by oxygen, peroxides, or free radicals.” What that means is antioxidants can prevent or slow cell damage, which means they are essential for health.
Free radicals are everywhere and they pose a very REAL risk to our livelihood. Consequently free radicals are simply oxygen molecules that have either one too many or one too few electrons making them unstable. Unstable molecules can be seen as toxins in our bodies. Combine that with the daily exposure to common environmental toxins like air pollution, cigarette smoke, food additives, chemicals, pesticides and dozens of other sources, and we’re talking about a large amount of toxic material floating around our systems. Antioxidants seek out and neutralize these toxins and free radicals, but unfortunately, our bodies are exposed to more free radicals than it can make antioxidants to combat them, which is why it’s so important to supplement your diet with good antioxidants.
The benefits of Vitamins like C and E have been known for ages. Some other great antioxidants have been discovered or developed in just the last five to 10 years.
Here are some excellent antioxidant products we offer at Hanna’s Herb Shop:
Acai Extract: Helps protect against free radical damage while promoting healthy eyes, skin and heart.
Regulat Pro Bio: Supports the immune system by repairing the cellular environment of the mitochondria, which are responsible for producing ATP production. It increases interleukin 10, which will regulate and modulate the immune system, calm down over active immune systems and encourages homeostasis which decreases allergies. It contains over 500 polyphenols and increases inter cellular glutathione!
Renewal Antioxidants: A multi-vitamin and herbal combination by Source Naturals that really packs an antioxidant punch!
Resveratrol Six: Hanna Kroeger’s anti-oxidant and anti-aging blend combines a powerful combination of Japanese Knotweed Extract. A truly amazing formula!
9. Amino acids:
Our bodies are constructed of proteins formed by amino acids. Virtually every bodily function involves them! Digestion, immune health, weight management, mental health, and anti-aging all depend on and can be improved with the use of amino acids. While some are created naturally in our bodies, others must be consumed in our diet or through supplementation. Limited or deficient amounts of amino acids have been linked to chronic illness and disease as well as depression, diabetes, hair loss, and erectile disorders among others. Your everyday good health is dependent on amino acids!
The Three Groups of Amino Acids:
- Essential: There are nine of these amino acids. They cannot be made by the body and must come from either supplementation or food (histadine, isolevcine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan and valine).
- Non-Essential: There are four of these amino acids that are naturally produced within our system (alanine, asparagine, aspartic acid and glutamic acid)
- Conditional: These 8 amino acids are non-essential until times of illness or stress (arginine, cysteine, glutamine, tyrosine, glycine, ornithine, proline and serine).
Our most recommended amino acid supplement is Max-Amino Caps: A complex containing 16 different free form amino acids that your body can utilize. This is the closest formula we could find to Hanna’s recommendations.
If you google “master” you’ll find a definition that suits Hanna: A skilled practitioner of a particular art or activity. “Master” suits Hanna for her specialty in performing hands-on therapy, consulting with hundreds of people at New Age Foods in downtown Boulder, CO and for the creation of her master formula, CircuFlow. Through success with the individual ingredients of CircuFlow for addressing heart issues, Hanna saw the benefit that could come from encapsulating them in order to make it more available to everyone who wanted to keep their heart healthy. Though heart disease has been on the minds of Americans since that time, the concern grows with each passing year as the number of deaths due to heart disease continues to climb. Right now 1 in 4 deaths in America is a result of heart disease.
The main ingredient in CircuFlow is Hawthorn Berry and for good reason. With a lasting popularity in Europe, Hawthorn is an ingredient in 213 commercial herbal formulas that have been created to address cardiovascular ailments and good heart health in general. In fact, Hawthorn is a prescribed herb in Europe to prevent cardiovascular disease or to alleviate the symptoms of mild to moderate heart problems by thousands of doctors. Hanna was aware of the healthy and healing properties of Hawthorn and chose this herb for CircuFlow for a number of reasons. Hawthorn dilates the arteries that supply the heart with blood and improves the presence of oxygen within it and with continued use, a stronger and more efficient heart beat results. As a heart healthy antioxidant, hawthorn protects against the effects of oxygen deprivation in the heart which can result in heart ailments like arteriosclerosis. With no unpleasant side effects and no cumulative effects, Hawthorn continues to gain popularity worldwide as it helps to steady irregular heartbeats, improves heart health, and prevents cardiovascular illnesses while not leading to dependence. Horsetail has a long history of traditional use in folk herbalism for strengthening connective tissue and relieving water retention through its mild diuretic effects. Horsetail contains the mineral silica, which is necessary for maintaining flexible arterial walls. A blend of vitamins, minerals and amino acids round out the formula Circu Flow making it a true gift and a definite ‘must’ on our top 10 list of supplements to take!