The 5 Best Supplements You Are Not Getting from Food

With so many supplements out there, it can feel overwhelming to figure out what nutrients you should buy and which you are already getting from your food.  

This article will show you a couple supplements you are not getting from food, but whose benefits have been shown in research.

There is no one-size-fits-all supplement regimen as we are all very different and our bodies require different things.  

Our explicit goals as well as current diet help determine which nutrients we may be deficient in or in need of extra. The supplements I am about to discuss are ones I take because of specific benefits I am looking for.

 In general, I believe that a well balanced diet is sufficient for getting most of the micro nutrients and vitamins you need.

 In my philosophy, a well balanced diet can be summed up in 3 sentences: Eat"real" food - Not too much - Mostly plants.  

The supplements I include in my diet are not nutrients you would typically find in most food items, hence the need for supplementation.  They are not listed in order of importance, just the order I found them in my cabinet.

1. CBD

CBD aka the spice melange. The holy grail of natural medicines.

It was be quicker to tell you the list of things CBD does not improve in some way shape or form.  

For me, CBD plays an integral part in maintaining homeostasis and overall wellbeing.  Cibdol has some intriguing articles on the topic. 

Homeostasis is a term used to describe the process of maintaining internal balance in an ever-changing external environment.

In humans, homeostasis refers to a plethora of individual yet interdependent processes that ultimately keep our bodies functioning properly.

The conditions within our bodies can fluctuate in response to a variety of external factors.

Think about how things like temperature, stress, or even the food you eat can temporarily affect how your body works.

The heat on a particularly hot day, for example, might cause your blood pressure to drop and leave you feeling light-headed, fatigued, or nauseous.

On the other hand, the stress of preparing for a work presentation or studying for an exam might cause your blood pressure to rise, leaving you feeling anxious or dealing with headaches and other physical symptoms.

CBD helps maintain homeostasis by binding to your endo-cannabinoid (ECS) receptors and regulating key bodily functions like metabolism, mood, emotion, and stress-response.  

CBD helps keep your ECS system healthy which results in you feeling healthy, happy, balanced, and overall just functioning correctly. 

Couple those benefits with reported benefits of pain reduction, better sleep, anti-cancer properties, and opioid addiction, and you will see that almost everyone can benefit in some way from this miracle plant. 

At Windansea Coffee, we infuse the highest quality broad-spectrum CBD with specialty grade coffee, which has a whole host of neutropic benefits as well as the added benefit of making taking your CBD as effortless as making your coffee.  

The inception of Windansea Coffee was a result of myself feeling the synergistic effects of Coffee and CBD together while I was trying to create an easier way to remember to take my CBD every morning.  

Articles have been written about the benefits of CBD coffee, so take it from them if you don't believe me

2. Turmeric

Turmeric has been shown to be as effective as many anti-inflammatory drugs for reducing inflammation without the side effects.  

As someone who regularly deals with pain and inflammation, having an anti-inflammatory that spares the damage on your stomach and kidneys can have massive down-stream benefits as we age.  

Curcumin has also been shown to boost brain-derived neurotrophic factor, linked to improved brain function and a lower risk of brain diseases.

3. Goats Rue

Goats Rue is a plant that traditionally was used to improve breast milk production. Clinically, it is a primary ingredient in a drug called metformin used for type 2 diabetes. 

In combination with other herbs, goat's rue is used to stimulate the adrenal gland and pancreas; to protect the liver; for digestion problems; and to start the flow of breast milk.

Some people use herbal combinations that include goat's rue as a tonic and for “blood purification.”

Personally, I have been most interested in goats rue based off the research of an Israeli scientist that found metformin to actually reverse aging in mice.

One mechanism by which metformin works is by activating AMPK, an enzyme inside cells that lowers blood sugar by promoting energy utilization.

Activating AMPK has broad-ranging effects that extend far beyond blood sugar control. Studies show that boosting AMPK activity can prevent—and even reverse—the life-shortening effects of aging, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, neurodegenerative diseases, cancer, and more. 

In 2016, metformin won FDA approval for human test trials as the worlds first anti-aging drug.  Since Goats rue is the primary active ingredient in metformin, its reasons that one can attain many of the same benefits just by taking this supplement.

4. Milk Thistle 

One of the most common uses of milk thistle is to treat liver problems. A 2016 study found that milk thistle improved diet-induced liver damage in mice. More evidence is needed to prove that milk thistle benefits human livers in the same way.

However, researchers theorize that it does. The active ingredient in milk thistle, silymarin, acts as an antioxidant by reducing free radical production.

Scientists think this creates a detoxifying effect, which is why it is milk thistle may be beneficial for liver problems.

We consume so many toxins in our diet, including medications as well as alcohol.  Your liver is the filter that cleans these toxins out of our blood.  

If our liver is the filter then milk thistle is the pool boy. 

5. Collagen

First off, collagen IS found in animal meats so you do actually get this from food, but it is found in largest concentrations in parts of the animal you don't usually eat such as the bones.

Collagen is good for skin and hair health, but also supports cartilage health.  I have issues with the discs in my back - they are basically squished which allows the facet bones of the spine to rub together and cause pain.  

Collagen has been shown to reduce joint and arthritic pain by improving the health of soft tissue like spinal discs and cartilage.  Collagen in also a protein so it will develop muscle tissue as well.


 About the Author
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This article was written by Jordan O'Hara, Founder of Windansea Coffee. 
You can learn more about him here.


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