You don’t want to just survive—you want to thrive! So you made the decision to give your body everything it needs to do so, which led you to the supplements section at your local natural products store. Good start!
Now, which nutrients are best to help you control stress? What can you take to protect your eyes? What product should you choose to aid digestion? Or boost your energy?
We know it takes time and research to sort through all your choices in vitamins, minerals and other supplements. And we also know it can be a confusing category, which is why we did the work for you.
Our team sifted through hundreds of supplements, scrutinized labels, consulted our Standards department, tasted and tested to bring you our top picks in 24 categories. Shop the supplements aisle with confidence knowing these choices are safe, effective and backed by science and our staff testers.
In the probiotic world, the number of beneficial bacterial cells usually matters. Now raises the bar significantly with a medical- grade, 100-billion-CFU blend of 10 probiotic strains.
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Melatonin is hot right now. Combine the sleep-aid superstar with valerian, plus peppermint for good measure, and counting sheep will be needed only by ranchers out west.
Anytime we can get nutrition sans pills, we take notice. Oxylent is an effervescent powder you mix with water to get electrolyte benefits, plus a passel of hydrating minerals.
A prized adaptogenic herb for more than two millennia, ashwagandha boosts your energy without any stimulants. The company owns the certified organic farms in India where it sources its botanicals.
There are actually 13 different types of maca, and not all do the same thing. The type used here has been shown to balance women’s hormonal levels, notable for the menopausal set.
One of the most exciting nutrition research studies of 2015 was on vitamin K2, specifically the MenaQ7 branded ingredient. Researchers in the Netherlands gave 180 mcg of MenaQ7 per day to 244 postmenopausal women for three years. Those taking the supplement showed reversed hardening of arteries, due to calcium buildup. K2 has been shown to remove calcium from arteries and deposit it back into bones. That makes MenaQ7 not merely good for bone health but also beneficial to your cardio health. Bonus!
This proprietary herbal blend of seven plants is used around the world to help reduce liver enzyme counts and bilirubin in the blood, both of which are created in the liver and can be harbingers of poor health when elevated. Eight clinical trials in India have discovered its effectiveness against various types of liver damage.
Matcha, an organic Japanese green tea, is becoming popular for its purported health benefits, such as offering energy and focus. That’s because green tea houses both kick-starting caffeine and L-theanine—the amino acid that makes you relaxed without drowsiness. Sluggishness has met its matcha!
This full-spectrum eye care supp contains research- backed doses of two very important carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin, plus bilberry and the omega-3s DHA and EPA. This blend protects against age-related eye disease, as well as harmful blue light from your computer screen and other electronics.
Trace Minerals mines its minerals from the banks of the Great Salt Lake. In this formulation, the company then adds the big three joint-health ingredients: glucosamine, chondroitin and MSM. Last, it includes a suite of botanicals that target joint health in different ways. The result is a supplement that addresses both bones and joints to make you bend better and land firmer.
We love vitamin K2 because it takes calcium from where you don’t want it—arteries—and puts it where you do—bones. A 2015 study showed it actually reverses arterial stiffness. Artery Strong combines K2 with a healthy 5,000 IU vitamin D, giving you a friend for more than just your cardio system.
Wakunaga—the garlic people—take that bulbous foundation and add a half-dozen other ingredients to keep your immunity on point, from the company's famed Moducare plant sterols and echinacea to vitamin C and zinc, mushrooms and more. Full-spectrum support is two capsules away.
The trick to buying probiotics is getting the right strains for the right condition. Nature’s Way gets it done by using HOWARU Protect Kids—two patented probiotic strains shown in a clinical study with children between 3 and 5 years old to significantly reduce fever, cough and runny noses. Single-serving satchels mean you just sprinkle some powder wherever works best for your child: into juice, onto food or straight into the mouth.
Like any good nutritional powder, this has protein—a whopping 30 grams per serving. It also has a large bolus of 15 grams fiber. Between the two, you ought to be satiated until long after you’d usually eat your next meal. But there’s more: an organic blend of fruits, veggies, seeds, sprouts and greens, and it’s all vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO and contains a certified organic blend. Yum!
This men’s multi starts out with the standard suite of vitamins and minerals, but then heaps on nutrients that target prostate health, circulation and digestive health, plus botanicals that boost men's performance, wherever the field of play may be.
We like this because New Chapter is a whole-food supplement pioneer. And because this multi comes in only a single pill. And because, after all the vitamins and minerals, it has ingredients to support your hormones, energy and immunity. They’ve thought of everything!
Gaia Herbs searched the world over to find the perfect geographic location (Costa Rica) to plant its fields of organic turmeric, and its Meet Your Herbs program shows shoppers exactly where the herbs inside that specific bottle of supplements were grown. That’s quality and transparency in action. And turmeric (or the active compounds in turmeric called curcumin) is definitely on trend—the foundation of all chronic degenerative diseases is the low-level inflammation that turmeric/curcumin keeps in check.
In a world awash in fish oil, we like this one because it’s a liquid, and a single teaspoon provides an impressive 750 mg EPA and 500 mg DHA. And it doesn’t hurt one little bit that it’s flavored like lemon meringue.
We all know that inflammation is the root of all evil, right? And curcumin may be the best natural ingredient to keep that in check, right? Combine curcumin with phospholipids and turmeric essential oils, and you get a high-impact, uber-bioavailable, pain- and inflammation-fighting supplement.
Remember “Puppy Uppers” and “Doggie Downers” from Saturday Night Live? This pet-friendly supp brings the latter to life with a blend of five botanicals to chill out your canine. Good boy!
Forget the exotic herbs. The old-school way to manage weight is to feel full longer with protein and fiber. Tera’s Whey does it with this certified organic powder. Bonus: The dark chocolate cocoa is Fair Trade certified.
PGX is a plant fiber that works ideally when you eat refined carbs, such as white pasta and bread, because it regulates the release of sugars into the body. PGX slows digestion, which helps you feel full and prevents overeating. Mulberry leaf blocks the enzymes that make for blood sugar spikes.
The ol’ noggin is mostly made of fat, so why not supplement with phosphatidylserine, a fatty substance that supports healthy cell membranes? RememBrain also contains huperzine A, which is being studied in combination with drugs for Alzheimer’s. Plus, we like that Now is a quality leader in supplements.
This botanical blend of quebracho extract, conker tree extract and M balsamea extract addresses bloating, abdominal discomfort or—ahem—a change in bowel habits. A 2015 pilot study printed in the Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology Research found that, among people who got no GI relief through pharmaceuticals, 88 percent were relieved with Atrantil.
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