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The Vitamins You Need for Healthy, Glowing Skin

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Vitamins are essential for your health and beauty, but choosing the right ones can be an onerous task. More importantly, once you finally find the perfect one, how can you tell if your body is actually absorbing it? Read on to discover the vitamins, minerals and herbs for every health and beauty need.

1. Hair, Skin and Nails

Tracy says: "Your locks tell so much about your health, so when you're deficient in certain vitamins and minerals, your hair doesn't have optimal shine or bounce. A good multivitamin with active B Complex is best. I say active because we want B12 to have a methyl group attached to make sure we absorb it, just in case we have a detoxification issue. B vitamins help your hair, skin and nails grow effortlessly. Do you have a moon on your fingernails? If not, that can be a sign of B12 deficiency and lack of circulation."

Vitamins to take:

Biotin: the #1 B vitamin for hair growth.

Zinc: when we are deficient in this mineral, our hair loses its colour and becomes grey.

Vitamin D: opens follicles for hair growth.

Vitamin E: gives hair shine and bounce, while stimulating growth.

Niacin: increases circulation to allow hair growth.

Magnesium: gives stronger hair.

Iron: encourages hair growth.

Herbs to take:

Stinging nettle

Horsetail

Saw palmetto

Aloe

Amla (high in vitamin C)

Basil (improves circulation, strengthens hair breakage)

Burdock root (strengthens scalp and is anti-inflammatory)

Fo-ti

He shou wu

Black sesame seeds

Dong quai

White peony root

2. Energy

Tracy s​ays: "Energy coming from the core is better than energy that's quick and suddenly disappears. Use these vitamins and herbs for sustained energy.​"

Vitamins to take:

Active B12

Folic acid

COQ10​

Herbs to take:

Reishi

Cordyceps

Rhodiola

Astragalus

Licorice

Maca

3. Memory

Tracy says: "Each day we want to be able to make a sizeable deposit into our memory bank, so enhancing it by increasing our omega-3 and taking the following herbs will help.​"

Vitamins to take:

Phosphatidylserine

Omega-3​

Vitamin A​

L-Tyrosine

L-Carnitine (burns fat)

Herbs to take:

Lion's mane

Ginkgo biloba

Gotu kola

Bacopa

4. Sleep

Tracy says: ​​ "A few hours of deep restful sleep is better than eight hours of tossing and turning. Certain deficiencies of vitamins and minerals can interrupt a restful night of sleep.​"

Vitamins to take:

Melatonin

Magnesium

Vitamin B3​

Vitamin D

L-tryptophan

GABA (Kavinace helps with anxiety)

Herbs to take:

Valerian

Passion flower

Kava kava

Hops

Ashwagandha

Magnolia

Chamomile

5. Diet/Immune System

Tracy says: "When it comes to our diet, it's not just about what we put in our mouth, but what we actually absorb and eliminate."

Vitamins to take: 

Vitamin B1​

Vitamin B3​

Vitamin B6

Vitamin C

Vitamin​ E

Vitamin​ A

Vitamin​ D

Iron

Selenium

Zinc​

Herbs to take: 

Reishi

Chaga

Cordyceps​

Dandelion greens​

Legume

As far as our health and diet are concerned, being internally fit is the ultimate goal. This means that we should be receiving the correct nutrients into our systems, which often is not the case. By eating a balanced diet and adding vitamins, minerals and herbs to our daily intake, we can achieve an optimal level of health.

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