Five Trending Supplements to Consider
Created by: Kroger Health Editors
In a world obsessed with wellness, there’s plenty of buzz about the impact certain foods and supplements can have on beauty and health. Wondering what’s trending today, and more importantly, why? We’ve pulled together information on the five most popular supplements, including what they are, how to take them, and how they might help your health.
As the most abundant protein in the body, collagen functions as the superglue that keeps our connective tissues together and gives skin strength and elasticity.
As we age, however, collagen production slows. This manifests in sagging skin, wrinkles, and “joint pain from loss of cartilage and decreased bone mass,” says Clinical Dietician Jordan Jennewine, MS, RDN, LD, CSSD, of The Little Clinic. “While more research is needed,” Jennewine says, “collagen can help mitigate this age-related deterioration in skin, bones, and joints.”*
Before giving it a try, do know that the type of collagen you choose should be aligned with your goals. “Type 1 and 3 collagen play a role in skin health,” Jennewine says, “while type 2 and 10 support healthy bones and cartilage.” Want to target all three? “Most supplements contain a mixture of types of collagen in order to provide a range of benefits,” Jennewine says. Go with a collagen supplement that’s hydrolyzed, which makes it easier for the body to absorb.
Packed with nutrients such as manganese, iron, and potassium, turmeric has been linked to diminished depression, enhanced skin health, and support for normal inflammatory response. It may also assist in the management of occasional pain and help support the body’s natural detoxification process.*
There are a few important things to keep in mind when selecting a turmeric supplement. First, ensure that it contains at least 95% curcuminoids—the “family” of active compounds in turmeric. Secondly, search for a supplement that contains black pepper, which ups your chances for maximum absorbability. Lastly, be sure to go with a quality supplement that’s been certified by a third party.
Probiotics are everywhere these days—and for good cause: The live bacteria naturally promote gut health. While research on how they work—and the specific issues they may be able to address—remains unfinished, we do know that probiotics foster intestinal health by restoring the balance of good and bad bacteria. Probiotics also show immense promise in the realm of skin and vaginal health, as well as support for immune function.*
Thinking about getting in on the trend? Do your research, as different brands and strains support different needs; for example, there are probiotics geared specifically towards children. Additionally, determine the CFU count (colony forming unit, a measurement of the number of viable bacteria present in the supplement) and shoot for a product that contains between 15 billion and 100 billion total CFUs and 10-30 different strains.
Some call it the magic mineral; others say it’s the MVP of supplements. Playing a role in over 300 biochemical reactions in the body, magnesium impacts everything from nerve function to blood pressure. Operating as both a mineral and an electrolyte, it can also help support healthy blood sugar already within normal range, soothe stress and provide respite from occasional headaches, as well as constipation.*
Should you choose to supplement with magnesium, be sure to consult with your health care professional first (as with all of the supplements mentioned here)—they can assess the exact amount you need for the particular issue you want to focus on. Also know that the recommended amount should not be exceeded, as research has shown that magnesium can be toxic at high doses.
5. Plant Protein Powders
Plant protein powders have gone from a staple of vegan bodybuilders to a leading choice for everyday people. Brimming with the “building blocks” that create strong muscles, many plant protein products contain high levels of fiber, which can bolster digestion and result in a healthier body weight.
“Plant-based protein powders offer an alternative for those who can’t tolerate dairy or whom opt out of consuming animal ingredients,” says Molly Hembree, MS, RD, LD, of The Little Clinic. Happen to sound like you? Opt for a “soy-based protein powder as it is a high-quality protein, similar to whey (dairy protein),” Hembree advises. Further, ensure that the plant protein powder is low in fat and sugar (less than 3 grams of each).
There are a number of ways you can weave plant protein powders into your diet, from stirring it into your oatmeal to making no-bake protein balls, but one of the smartest ways to consume it is in a shake: Blend bananas, ice, and a plant-based milk (such as almond) with your protein powder. Expedient and effective, it’s no wonder it’s one of the trendiest supplements on the scene.
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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.