Ask Milb: What’s in My Supplement Drawer?

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I don’t really like the word ‘Supplement’ because I feel like it implies these things can’t be received through food. When really, most of these things can be consumed (except from vitamin D3 which comes from the sun.) However, I do like to take them. Over the last few months my collection has grown, and I don’t take all of these everyday but I do like to take them regularly. There is so much information available about supplements and why to take what etc etc etc. This post is going to be kept simple so my information is correct. I will only be speaking about these supplements and why I personally take them.

I started with only B12 as a supplement, because it is difficult to get this from food as a vegan. After that, I had a blood test and discovered I was low in vitamin D so I also always take that one too. Everything else I have chosen for pinpointed things, which I will speak about below. What I didn’t do with these is go out and buy them for the sake of it. I take them all for a reason, and if I don’t know what it does then I won’t take it. This helps me to understand my body. I also only buy supplements that are vegan, and I try to get ones with the least fillers possible.


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Vitamin B12: “Vitamin B12 is a nutrient that helps keep the body’s nerve and blood cells healthy and helps make DNA, the genetic material in all cells. Vitamin B12 also helps prevent a type of anemia called megaloblastic anemiathat makes people tired and weak.” Information from here

I started taking B12 to help with my tiredness and it has really helped. I can always tell if I stop taking it.

| Buy: Better You B12 Boost Oral Spray |

Vitamin D3: “Vitamin D helps regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body. These nutrients are needed to keep bones, teeth and muscles healthy. A lack of vitamin D can lead to bone deformities such as rickets in children, and bone pain caused by a condition called osteomalacia in adults.” Information from here

I started to take this because a blood test showed I was vitamin D deficient like most people in the UK. I feel like this also helps with me feeling tired, and I also get outside everyday.

| Buy: Terranova Vitamin D3 2000iu Vegan Complex |

Additional

Omega 3 Flax Seed Oil: Omega 3 tablets are popular as fish oil, but as a vegan I wasn’t going to take fish oil. Fish get their Omega 3 from Algae so it is better to get it from the source. However, Algae supplements are quite pricey whereas Flax Seed Oil is very affordable. Omega 3 helps with brain function as well as heart function, depression and eye sight. Information taken from here

| Buy: Nature’s Aid Flax Seed Oil |

Evening Primrose Oil: “Evening primrose oil contains “fatty acids.” Some women with breast pain might not have high enough levels of certain ”fatty acids.” Fatty acids also seem to help decrease inflammation related to conditions such as arthritis, eczema and acne.” Information taken from here

I started taking this to help with my acne, and it really helps with the overall quality of my skin.

| Buy: Nature’s Aid Organic Evening Primrose Oil |

Magnesium: I take both a tablet and a spray form of magnesium. Magnesium can be destroyed in the gut by stomach acid, so I use a spray for a double dose. I started taken magnesium because I began having leg pains that stretching wasn’t really healing with. Magnesium did the trick.

“Magnesium activates over 300 enzyme reactions in the body, translating to thousands of biochemical reactions happening on a constant basis daily. Magnesium is crucial to nerve transmission, muscle contraction, blood coagulation, energy production, nutrient metabolism and bone and cell formation.” Information taken from here.

| Buy: Terronova Magnesium Calcium 2:1 Complex |

| Buy: KiKi Health Magnesium Oil |

Zinc: Zinc can help with balancing hormones and kills acne causing bacteria. This is why I started taking zinc, because I have had issues with my skin for the last year.

“Test tube studies show zinc kills acne causing bacteria. It’s not as effective as antibiotics, but it can still be useful. Furthermore, bacteria won’t develop resistance to zinc, so it works even for people who have antibiotic-resistant bacteria on the skin. Zinc reduces inflammatory response to bacteria.” Information taken from here.

| Buy: Wild Nutrition Food Grown Zinc Plus |

Raspberry Leaf: Raspberry Leaf is known as the woman’s herb. To be honest, I’m not committed to this tablet. I take it around my menstrual cycle to help with my cramps.

” it is naturally high in vitamins and minerals we need for female health specifically: magnesium, potassium, iron, calcium, and vitamins B, A, C, and E. The high level of B vitamins in particular makes it useful for relieving nausea, soothing leg cramps, and improving sleep.” Information from here.

| Buy: Nature’s Aid Raspberry Leaf |

Pro-biotics from Glow Powder: Gut Health can be a cause of many health problems. I started taking this for my skin, like many supplements mentioned above.

” ‘GLOW’ is a bio-fermented formula designed to support gut health, collagen synthesis and beautiful skin, hair and nails from the inside out. In a clinical trial, women observed GLOW enhanced their skin luminosity, clarity, hydration and texture.” Information from here.

| Buy: Beauty Chef Glow Powder |

 

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2 Comments

  1. 7th Apr 2018 / 9:53 am

    I absolutely LOVE this post Millie, I feel like I lack a lot of these vitamins etc within my diet and after reading this post I can’t wait to take them and start feeling better within myself! Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Melissa Birch
      Author
      7th Apr 2018 / 9:56 am

      Thanks for commenting Jess! Glad you love it 🙂 they’re so fun to experiment with! 🧖🏻‍♀️🌱

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