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Top 10 Energy Supplements

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author image Nicole Turner-Ravana
A nutrition expert, Nicole Turner-Ravana has been writing for public health and food industry groups since 2000. She has a Bachelor of Science in nutrition from Pepperdine and a Master of Science in nutrition communications from Tufts. Turner-Ravana specializes in turning scientific details into user-friendly and engaging prose.
Top 10 Energy Supplements
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Overview

Lack of energy is a common health complaint and many people turn to supplements as a natural way to help gain some pep. There are some safe and easy-to-find supplements that will give your adrenal system, the body's main stress-fighter, a boost and help increase your energy.

Rev Up with Antioxidants

Every day our bodies are exposed to wear and tear. Antioxidants work to squash free radicals that are created daily. Antioxidants keep our immune system functioning at its peak to ward off illness and keep every system running strong. Increased stress also depletes our antioxidants at a higher rate. Taking extra antioxidants can boost energy naturally by helping your body function at an optimum level.
Vitamin C is the most critical nutrient needed to support the adrenal system. High dose vitamin C supplements are safe because it is a water-soluble vitamin. Start by taking 500mg of natural source vitamin C that includes 500mg of a bioflavonoid complex. The bioflavonoids double the effectiveness of the body's use of vitamin C.
Another antioxidant supplement to consider is vitamin E. Vitamin E supports six enzymatic reactions for creating adrenal hormones. Choose a mixed tocopherol supplement in order to maintain a proper balance of tocopherols needed in the body.
If you are on blood thinners, be sure to consult your physician before trying high dose supplements of vitamin C and E.

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Battle with B's

B vitamins supply critical elements in the body's energy production cycle. Without enough of them, the body won't be able to produce enough ATP, our natural energy source.
Niacin is critical for adrenal function because it facilitates crucial reactions in the adrenal cascade. Twenty-five to 50mg of niacin a day can help restore normal adrenal function. Be sure to get the "non-flushing" type to avoid the red and tingly side effect that can occur with high niacin levels.
Vitamin B6 is also a critical co-factor for many enzymatic pathways in the adrenal system. Fifty to 100mg per day can help restore normal adrenal function and thus increase energy.
A vitamin B complex supplement will give you a mix of all the B vitamins, all necessary for energy production. Choose a supplement that notes being balanced to provide an appropriate ratio of these nutrients, which should include folic acid, pantothenic acid and biotin.

Other Natural Stimulants

Coenzyme Q10 is used in every cell's energy production cycle. CoQ10 increases the efficiency of each cell's energy use. Low levels of CoQ10 have been linked to chronic fatigue syndrome and might be a factor in general fatigue. While there is no specific supplement amount recommended, choose a mid-level variety such as 100mg per day.
Adrenal cell extracts have been recommended to treat a variety of ailments link to low energy. They help support and restore normal adrenal function. Dosage recommendations vary depending on whether you take it in the pill, powder or liquid form.
Other herbs that can support natural energy production include licorice root, ginseng root and ginger. These herbs can be taken as supplements, in extracts, or steeped in teas. They have antioxidant powers and support normal hormone levels and metabolism levels.

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References

  • "Adrenal Fatigue," James L. Wilson, ND, DC, PhD, Smart Publications, 2007
  • "The Natural Pharmacy" Healthnotes Inc, Three Rivers Press, 2006
  • "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, and Other Invisible Illness", Katherine Berne PhD, Hunter House Inc. 2002
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