While the best way to get all of your vital nutrients is from a healthy, well-balanced diet, it can be difficult to meet those requirements 100 percent, all of the time. Not to mention, when stress, illness, lack of sleep, and pregnancy come into play, you needs may need more or less of a specific nutrient. This is where supplements come into play. While it’s best to consult with your doctor or nutritionist before starting any new supplements, here is a general guide to what you should be taking at any age.
PART ONE: 20s AND 30s
This is the time in your life where you’re likely hitting the books hard or emerging into the career world, so you’re going to need to be sharp and stay focused. B vitamins are essential can assist in this capacity as they are responsible for preserving brain activity and mood. A good way to get in all your B’s is by taking a complex so you can get the recommended daily allowance.
It’s not uncommon for women to start thinking about having kids, so it’s a good idea to take at least 400 micrograms of folate — which is typically found in prenatal or multivitamins — on a daily basis. Studies suggest that taking folate can reduce the chance of the development of prenatal birth defects. Even if you’re not planning on starting a family, folic acid supports brain health, enhances memory and verbal fluency, encourages cell reproduction, and can even be a mood-booster. Folic acid is also known as folate or vitamin B9.
D plays an important role in protecting the bones because it helps uphold normal blood levels of calcium and phosphorus, both of which are crucial for bone health. If you spend a lot of time outdoors, this may not be necessary to take unless you have a specific health and/or bone issue that requires you to do so.
Vitamins C and E
These powerful antioxidants help support healthy internally and externally. C helps support the immune system and facilitates the creation of collagen for a glowing, youthful complexion. Both C and E can help maintain the health of your skin over time if taken regularly.
BioSil and the Collagen Question
Starting at age 21, collagen begins to diminish by 1.5% per year. The question becomes: is there a way to regain lost collagen, generate new collagen and protect all your collagen? The answer is “yes.” But not how you might think. You might expect that you can “ingest” what your body needs, versus having your own body “generate” what it needs. For example, to get more calcium, you simply buy calcium pills, chews, or any other form that it comes in and ingest it. And all is well. But with collagen it’s a completely different story. Why?
Collagen is a protein. When you ingest collagen, your body digests it like any other protein (such as chicken, fish or steak). It breaks it down into amino acids and simply uses it as food. So instead, your body must generate (make its own) collagen. And the key to generating collagen is activating the enzymes that assemble these amino acids into collagen fibers. Here, there’s some very good news.
BioSil’s ingredient (ch-OSA) activates collagen-generating enzymes and has been clinically proven to increase collagen formation, increase skin elasticity 89%*, reduce fine lines and wrinkles 30%*, increase hair strength 13.1%* **, increase hair shaft diameter (thickness) 12.8% * ** and significantly increase nail strength*. What’s more, BioSil protects both the newly generated collagen as well as your existing collagen. The clinically proven results are published in peer-reviewed medical journals, cited below.
**Barel A et al. (2005). Effect of oral intake of choline stabilized orthosilicic acid on skin, nails and hair in women with photodamaged skin. Arch Dermatol Res 297: 147-153.
*Wickett RR, Kossmann E, Barel A, Demeester N, Clarys P, Vanden Berghe DA, Calomme M (2007). Effect of oral intake of choline-stabilized orthosilicic acid on hair tensile strength and morphology in women with fine hair. Arch Dermatol Res 299: 499-505.