Supplements For Women
On the surface, the supplement community seems to be overrun by males. Forums and websites are filled with pictures of shirtless, muscle-bound men talking about which supplements can get them as big as humanly (or inhumanly) possible.
Dig down below that and you’ll find that the benefits of supplements aren’t reserved just for men and there are supplements on the market that can help women just as much, if not more, than men in both the body and mind.
Supplements can be useful tools when trying to lose weight, maintain the weight you’ve lost and generally stay in good health. Here are a few female friendly supplements worth looking into:
Green Coffee Bean Extract – Losing weight and keeping it off can be a challenge for many women, so after Dr Oz had a study on his show where green coffee bean extract doubled weight loss this supplement instantly became popular. Green coffee bean extract contains chlorogenic acid which helps balance blood sugar levels, especially after meals. You can take up to 1000mg of green coffee bean extract spread throughout the day.
Resveratrol – Resveratrol is a phenol with antioxidant properties that, among other things, helps maintain a healthy heart and cardiovascular system. Any time you’ve heard a doctor recommend a glass or two of red wine, it’s for the resveratrol. While plants and fruits are a great way to get a variety nutrients, resveratrol is most effective when taken in supplementary extract form. To get maximum benefits, start with 20mg/day of resveratrol extract.
Green Tea Extract – As a beverage, green tea has been used for thousands of years. Only recently were its health benefits confirmed. Green tea supplementation can be helpful for losing weight by boosting the metabolism, providing immune system support and acting as a very potent antioxidant. Extract capsules are the best way to get consistent, high quality dosage and can be taken up to three times daily with a meal.
Brain function and health
It’s not all about looks though! Being in a good mood, having a sharp memory, and being a clear thinker are essential to quality of life. Nootropics are supplements that help the brain by optimizing the balance of essential nutrients and chemicals. These two can help your mood and think more clearly throughout the day:
Choline – Choline is an important nutrient for all cells. It helps brain function and reduces anxiety. Choline is essential for proper brain development in fetuses. It’s estimated that as few as 10% of people meet their recommended choline intake so supplementation is a good idea. It’s available in a few different forms with the most popular being choline bitartrate, Alpha GPC and CDP choline so dosage can vary based on your choice.
5-HTP – Supplementation with 5-HTP can improve your mood by increasing production of serotonin, the “happy” chemical in your brain and can also help relieve anxiety. As an added bonus, it can help you get to sleep faster at night. Start with 50mg and then increase slowly until you reach the desired effects, but do not exceed 300mg/day.