Ten natural supplements that can help you in times of greatest need: change of season, psycho-physical stress, low immune defenses or nutritional deficienciesDon't store avocado like this: it's dangerous
Ten of the best natural supplements that can come to your aid in times of greatest need, such as change of season, psycho-physical stress, low immune defenses or nutritional deficiencies
Natural supplements, when and why to take them? Which are the most effective based on the period you are experiencing? You feel out of sorts, you have le low immune defenses or do you just want to take care of your body by strengthening it in a natural way? There are some natural supplements that can help you during the periods when you need them most: change of season, psycho-physical stress, flu, nutritional deficiencies or other.
We present the best known and most successfully used ones, but there would be many others to be included. Recall that with the exception of linseed oil and wheat germ, all other supplements they should only be taken for limited periods of time.
The world of bees gives us some really precious substances including Royal jelly, that is the food that the queen bee, the largest and strongest in the hive, eats. It is therefore easy to imagine how nutritious this "porridge" can be for us, not exactly pleasant to the taste. A very small amount per day is enough to have vitamins available, especially those of group B (including folic acid), minerals and trace elements, including iron, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and zinc, enzymes and proteins. Royal jelly is therefore a real natural tonic, ideal when you feel exhausted and need more energy and sprint. Remember to always keep it in the refrigerator, it is a very delicate product.
Spirulina is widely used in particular for stimulate the immune system but also to integrate a series of substances useful to our body of which this alga is naturally rich: vitamins A, B, C, E, iron, calcium, magnesium and potassium, just to name a few. Rich in antioxidants, spirulina is also an excellent anti-aging agent. Furthermore, periodic use is particularly recommended for vegetarians and vegans (given the presence of proteins) and for anemics, since this alga contains iron. You can choose to buy it in flakes if you want to use it as a raw condiment or take it in tablets as a real supplement (Read also: Spirulina algae: properties, uses and where to find it
Aloe is a plant known since ancient times for its properties and has always been used both internally and applied externally on wounds, burns or other skin lesions. The aloe juice drunk every morning it is an excellent tonic and remineralizing, in fact it contains vitamins (A, group B, C, E), minerals (including magnesium, copper, zinc and selenium), enzymes, amino acids (or future proteins). Furthermore stimulates the immune system and it is perfect to take in the change of season to avoid catching colds and flu. (Read also: Aloe Vera gel: in cream or juice, the uses)
Linseed oil is, to all intents and purposes, a natural Omega 3 supplement and for this purpose many people use it, especially those who have chosen to follow a vegetarian or vegan diet. The recommended dose is one teaspoon a day to be consumed strictly raw (for example to dress salads or other vegetables) in order to preserve all its properties. Linseed oil is very delicate, it should always be kept in the refrigerator and consumed as soon as possible. Therefore, prefer the purchase of small-format bottles. (Read also: Flax seeds: properties, benefits and where to find them)
Let's go back to talking about the world of bees that in addition to royal jelly produce another widely used natural supplement: pollen! Rich in selenium, vitamins A, B and C, pollen is particularly useful as tonic in case of convalescence and psycho-physical fatigue. Thanks to its toning qualities it helps the body to counteract the aggressions of bacteria and viruses, fights stress and nervousness and is also recommended to improve intellectual functions. Among its properties there is also that of regularize the intestine helping to combat fermentation and colon disorders. Generally it should be taken one teaspoon a day in the morning and stored in a dark glass jar (since it is sensitive to sunlight). Many people do a seasonal pollen cure for a month twice a year at the change of seasons (autumn-winter, spring-summer).
Green plants have a substance responsible for their color and useful for their vital functions: chlorophyll. The great nutritional virtues of this pigment can also be useful to humans, chlorophyll is considered in fact a cell regenerator since its most relevant property is that of improve the oxygen supply to the blood. It is recommended in case of anemia, circulation problems or scarring. But its potential does not end there: chlorophyll tones the body, promotes the absorption of calcium, regulates the intestinal flora and helps eliminate toxins from the liver. Chlorophyll is naturally present in vegetables such as spinach, broccoli and cabbage, chicory, etc. but you can also choose to supplement it by taking it in capsules or powder.
Wheat germ, literally the nutrient-rich part of wheat, contains vitamins A, B and E, which have known antioxidant effects. Mineral salts are also present in good quantities: calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, manganese, selenium and molybdenum. All these components make wheat germ an excellent supplement to be used daily in periods when you need to be more resistant to physical and mental fatigue. It is easy to integrate it into your diet since on the market it is found in convenient flakes that can be inserted, raw, in salads, vegetables or mixed with breakfast cereals. Obviously this natural supplement is banned for those suffering from celiac disease or gluten intolerance. (Also read: Wheat germ oil: properties and 7 ways to use it)
Not long ago, supplements based on fermented papaya, extracted from the well-known, appeared on the market tropical fruit fermented with the use of alcohol for several months. Thanks to this process, the antioxidant properties of papaya increase and are able to help the body fight free radicals more easily. In addition, the presence of vitamins of group B, C, E and mineral salts, make it a excellent energizing and immunostimulating product which among other things, containing papain, contributes to alkalize the body and has a digestive action. However, not everyone agrees on the real benefits of this supplement and even the studies on it have not always reached the same conclusions.
Like spirulina, another algae comes to our aid from the sea, the Chlorella. Made up of proteins, vitamins A, B, C, E and amino acids, among other things, chlorella has excellent properties antioxidants and tonic, and is able to strengthen the immune system and help the body in its work purification also of heavy metals, in fact, it is often used in the removal of dental amalgams. The presence of chlorellin also makes it a product with antibiotic activity. It can be taken in powder or capsule form.
Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum)
Il Ganoderma lucidum, known as Reishi, is an oriental mushroom that is becoming increasingly known also in the West for its extraordinary properties due to its particular composition. This medicinal mushroom, known in the East as the "mushroom of immortality" is in fact rich in vitamins B, C, D and contains calcium, phosphorus, fiber and other substances useful for the body. It is usually taken to increase the immune system, as an anti-inflammatory, to counteract fatigue and stress, to protect the liver and in the treatment of certain diseases including hypercholesterolemia, allergies, diabetes, arthritis, hypertension and even cancer. Several scientific studies have ascertained the benefits. (Read also: Reishi oil: all the properties and benefits of Ganoderma Lucidum extract)
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