When it comes to which supplements and multivitamins are best, it seems like everyone has an opinion. Some people believe that they can’t live without them while others believe that a healthy diet provides all the nutrients you need.

But the truth is that unless you are very specific in what you are eating, and unless you know the exact amount of the nutrients you are getting, it can be difficult to get everything you need from food sources alone. And without proper vitamin intake, you may be more tired and susceptible to viral infections. Just be aware that cheap supplements are not absorbed well by the body. Be sure to select good quality supplements that will help your body to function optimally.

Caffeine of course isn’t a real supplement but it does some important health benefits. It’s thought that caffeine may help protect brain cells from the damage that causes Parkinson’s, dementia and Alzheimer’s. It gives your mental focus a boost by sharpening memory and helping to keep you alert. It can speed up your metabolism. It’s also said to promote fat loss and preserving muscle mass. However, if you have high blood pressure, adrenal fatigue or anxiety, it’s probably best to skip it.

Vitamin D is essential for good health. Most of us do not eat enough oily fish or spend enough time in the sun so the chances are high that you may be deficient in this important vitamin. Gel caps in the amount of 1,000-4,000 IU are recommended.

You’ll want to take fish oil to keep a proper balance of omega-3 and omega-6 oils. Omega-3 oils are an important part in the prevention and management of heart disease. They may also help to lower blood pressure, reduce triglycerides and slow plaque development in the arteries.

Just about everyone who consumes the standard American diet has damaged their gut flora over time. The damage may be minimal or you may have a real problem with leaky gut which can severely impact your health. Get a high quality supplement that needs to be refrigerated. Additionally, consume lacto-fermented or raw fermented dairy and vegetables to help bring your digestive system back into balance. You can easily make these yourself or buy them ready made at your nutrition store.

Creatine powder is available in flavored powders and mixed with liquid, thus increasing the body’s ability to produce energy rapidly. Of course when you have more energy, you’ll be able to train harder and longer with faster results. Studies show that muscle fibers can increase when creative is consumed.

It is possible to get necessary nutrients for good health from diet alone, but it takes a lot of planning as well as time and energy. A good supplement is an easier way to get the necessary nutrients you need to maintain good health as well as enhance your training and build muscle.