Top supplements for women

So recent news is that Katie Price has launched a new range of Nutrition supplements.

Great. Not. Just what we need, another celebrity pissing about in a micro crop top selling us “nutrition”

Without going into too much detail – they’re a pile of crap because:

  • They make claims that are not supported by science
  • They contain ingredients that sound fancy e.g. Satiereal suppresses appetite and enhances mood.
  • Q: Wtf is satiereal? A: you’ll get it at the end.…
  • They contain ingredients that are actually likely to be beneficial (like whey protein) but they are packaged up in ghastly pink and silver and grossly overpriced.
  • And, the most important to me, they are sold as ‘meal replacements’.I have a real problem with that term. Supplements should add to your food intake and not ever, ever replace it.

Why supplements?

Because chances are you’re busy and not eating as well as you could / should be. Supplements are an easy way to get your nutrition closer to the goals. Simple as that. Here’s a few that I recommend to clients, having tried and tested them myself over many, many years.

An important note: brands do matter. Expensive is not always better. Read the labels and compare the ‘active ingredient’ lists…

Grееns Suррlеmеnt

What is it? Greens supplements are veggies, fruits, algaes and/or grasses that have been compacted and distilled into powdered form. They typically contain an assortment of nutrient rich foods like barley grass, wheat grass, spirulina, chlorella, alfalfa, herbs, vegetables, legumes, and fruits.

Why take it? Because I have never met anyone who consistently has enough greens in their diet, and as we know, greens are good for us for their minerals and vitamins. Also they help combat diseases and boost your immunity.

Which to buy? I’ve been using Lean & Greens, Greens Super Foods, available on Amazon. Myprotein.co.uk also have a good version which has been recommended to me. 

Protein Supplement

What is it? Protein is one of the 3 macro nutrients. It is available in many formats such as Whey, BCAA or EAA.

Why take it? Protein helps your body recover from exercise. And it also is a necessary component if you’re trying to build muscle. Note this isn’t just for body builders. Contrary to popular belief taking a protein supplement won’t turn you into Arnie. (And if you don’t belief me, I’ve been supplementing with protein on and off for the last 8 years, and lifting heavy stuff, and erm I’m not exactly huuuuuuge.)

Which to buy? I like whey products from myprotein.com and theproteinworks.co.uk. For more specific advice, get in touch.

Magnesium

What is it? It’s a mineral that is crucially important. Its job is to activate over 300 enzyme reactions in the body, translating to thousands of biochemical reactions happening on a constant basis daily. It is crucial to nerve transmission, muscle contraction, blood coagulation, energy production, nutrient metabolism and bone and cell formation. It is also critical in regulating sleep as discussed  here.  So, important, yeah?

Why take it? Magnesium is typically found in leafy greens, black beans, almonds, and many of us are not having enough leafy greens. Plus the greens that we DO eat are probably grown in nutrient deprived soil, and picked before they are fully ripe. So they probably don’t have much magnesium (or other vitamins and nutrients) anyway…

Which to buy? I get mine from  theproteinworks.com

Fish Oil

What is it? Erm, fish oil. Available in capsules or liquid form.

Why take it? Fish oil is anti-inflammatory and may reduce stress, which are two factors that can help you improve body composition. Plus, the fatty acids EPA and DHA in fish oil are thought to improve insulin sensitivity.

Which one to buy? Nutri Advanced Eskimo 3 capsules available on Amazon

And finally Grееn Tea Suррlеmеnt

What is it? Erm, Green tеа. You can drink it, or take it as a capsule.

Why take it? Mаnу studies associate grееn tеа with wеight loss, reducing the probability оf hеаrt attack оr stroke, аnd it acts аѕ a strong аntiоxidаnt.

Which to buy? Any tea bag option from Sainsbury. But please note dosage is quite low in this format. Or you can get it in tablet form from myprotein.co.uk

So in essence, know what you’re buying. Take advice from people you trust and use supplements as exactly that. A way of supplementing your meals.

And if you’ve got this far, the answer is –  “Satiereal” is an extract from Saffron. Not so fancy after all is it.

Finally, although I may have a just a bit more experience and qualifications than Katie Price, the above are generic suggestions which may or may not be applicable to you as an individual. It should not be taken as a prescription to treat any medical or clinical condition, or any symptoms thereof.