Most of us could use a little extra 'get-up-and-go'.
Due to the busy, high-pressure lives we lead, it’s easy to forget to look after ourselves and we let important things slip - such as getting enough good-quality sleep and eating a balanced diet. The following supplements could help your body to metabolise energy more efficiently so you can feel more energetic in your daily life.
If you find yourself feeling stressed and exhausted all the time, it’s important to get yourself checked out by a doctor so they can rule out any underlying issues.
1. Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)
CoQ10 or Coenzyme Q is also known as ubiquinone and is an antioxidant that your body produces naturally.
Your cells use CoQ10 for growth and maintenance and it also helps to generate energy but levels in your body decrease as you age. Lower levels of CoQ10 have been found in people with certain health conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes.
The good news is, you can get CoQ10 from both diet and supplementation. Meat sources include liver, beef, and chicken; fish sources include trout, herring and mackerels. Fruits and vegetables that are high in CoQ10 are spinach, cauliflower, broccoli, oranges, and strawberries.
CoQ10 is a fat-soluble compound, therefore its absorption into the body is slow. Studies have shown that taking CoQ10 supplements with food can help your body absorb it up to three times faster than taking it on its own.
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L-carnitine is an amino acid that has been hailed for its anti-ageing and energy-boosting properties that can help support muscle recovery. It helps transport fatty acids into your cells’ mitochondria.
One study of 66 adults found that two grams of L-carnitine reduced physical and mental fatigue and reportedly improved cognitive function, too. It’s also commonly recommended to sufferers of chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and ME to reduce fatigue.
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We’ve written about the incredible health benefits of magnesium before but this mineral also plays a part in hundreds of biochemical reactions in the body. Energy creation is one of them!
If you’re suffering from fatigue, muscle spasms, and weakness you could have a magnesium deficiency. The RDI for magnesium is 400mg a day which you can get through magnesium-rich foods such as avocados, nuts, kale, spinach, and seeds.
If you struggle to get enough magnesium in your diet, it’s a good idea to take a supplement. Magnesium L-threonate is considered to be one of the best forms of magnesium to cross the blood-brain barrier and be absorbed into the body.
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4. Niacin (B3)
Vitamin B3 - also known as Niacin - works to help the body release energy from the foods we eat. It also helps us to metabolise fat, glucose, and alcohol. If your body is low in vitamin B3, you might have trouble converting the food you eat into energy, which means your body may not be able to function as effectively.
If you eat a healthy, balanced diet you should be able to get enough vitamin B3 in your food. For example, one chicken breast contains 59% of the recommended daily amount of niacin. It’s also found in meat, fish, nuts, and legumes.
Too much vitamin B3 may result in unwanted side effects, so consult a healthcare professional before you add this supplement into your regime.
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