Stroll through the supplement section of most natural food stores, pharmacies and some supermarkets and you will be faced with scores of selections. The majority of people reach for the commonly known vitamins and minerals to support their health or provide nutrients they believe they are lacking.
Recently Orange Naturals reached out to me to ask if they can send me a box of products of my choice and I could write about some of them. This was music to my ears as Orange Naturals makes family friendly health and wellness solutions designed by licensed Canadian naturopathic doctors. No matter your knowledge, vast or minimal, they clearly state what conditions they help and they are simple to use.
So with that in mind I chose three supplements you may not know about but should. Rather than introduce them by name, I begin by revealing how they might help you, because when you want answers, you start by asking questions.
What aids metabolism and promotes healthy hair?
Biotin, aka vitamin H or vitamin B7, is an often-forgotten member of the B-vitamin family. Among its major tasks is to metabolize carbohydrates into glucose, which is then utilized to produce energy. Biotin also assists with the breakdown of fats and amino acids (proteins).
Biotin is valued for its ability to strengthen hair and nails, both of which are composed of the protein keratin and depend on optimal protein metabolism. Other biotin benefits are help with nervous system function (including the possibility of delaying progression of multiple sclerosis) and promoting normal embryonic growth.
Biotin can be found in cooked eggs, nuts, sardines, legumes, whole grains, bananas, cauliflower, and mushrooms. Food processing methods can destroy the biotin in these and other foods, so you are more likely to get more biotin if you eat raw or minimally processed forms of these foods.
If you are unsure if you are getting enough or want to increase your intake of Biotin, Orange Naturals’ Biotin is a great option.
What fights hot flashes and sharpens memory?
To tackle one or both of these challenges, you might turn to the herb sage (Salvia officinalis). Up to 80 percent of women experience hot flashes during perimenopause and menopause.
Research has shown that fresh sage supplements taken for eight weeks significantly reduced the frequency and severity of hot flashes as well as associated menopausal symptoms, such as excessive sweating.
Sage also has shown promise in enhancing cognitive performance. A recent Italian review evaluated eight clinical studies, and the authors concluded that sage “exert[ed] beneficial effects by enhancing cognitive performance both in healthy subjects and patients with dementia or cognitive impairment.”
For best absorption, select tinctures prepared from organic, wild-crafted sage like Orange Naturals Sage.
What helps detox the body and prevent cancer?
Indole-3- carbinol is a potent antioxidant found in high levels in cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli and cauliflower.
Numerous studies have indicated its ability to help prevent cancer, especially estrogen-related cancers, as it assists in the breakdown of cancer-causing estrogens to nonharmful forms.
Indole-3- carbinol possesses anti-inflammatory properties and also has been shown to stimulate enzymes that detoxify harmful substances in the body. Unless cabbage, kale, and other cruciferous veggies are on your menu every day, consider Orange Naturals I-3- C supplement as this might be the perfect addition to your routine.
Full disclosure: Orange Naturals provided me with these samples and payment in exchange for my opinion. All opinions in this article are my own.
Written by Randy Boyer. Randy is co-founder of The Healthy Shopper and a a trusted source for information about all things natural and organic.
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