If you are looking for the best energy supplements, you are likely going to be confused by a lot of conflicting information on the Internet.
For example, you might see one website swear by bee pollen as an energy booster, while another says it doesn’t really work.
What Supplements Should I Get?
You might be wondering if you should run out and buy a B-complex vitamin for more energy. It should be safe, right, because B vitamins are water soluble?
Actually, very high doses of vitamin B6 can actually cause permanent nerve damage. Now, most B vitamin complexes should not have that high of a level of B6 in them, but you should know that more is not always better when it comes to vitamins.
Before spending hundreds of dollars on “organic” powders and supplements, get as much information as you can.
1. What Exactly Does Your Body Need?
First, find out, as much as you can, what exactly your body needs. You may be making false assumptions about your current level of vitamins and minerals.
If you are able, find a good doctor, one preferably with a holistic bent, who can order some blood tests to determine what your levels of some important vitamins and minerals are.
You may be falsely assuming that you have a deficiency when you really don’t have one at all.
A good doctor will have a moderate approach on supplements. They won’t necessarily just slam you with a bunch of supplement recommendations without testing or getting as much information as possible. Do know that some supplements (such as the aforementioned B6) can be toxic in high doses. You want a doctor who is open-minded but knowledgeable enough to understand the risks.
Most importantly: You should also run supplements by your doctor if you are on any pharmaceutical medication. The supplements could have an adverse effect depending on what drugs you are taking.
For example, quite a few “natural” supplements work as blood thinners, so they are not recommended for people who are on blood thinning drugs such as Coumadin aka Warfarin.
2. Do Your Homework on the Supplements Themselves
Don’t falsely assume that just because something is labeled “natural” or “organic” that it means it is safe for you to take as a supplement or won’t have any side effects.
We are all individual people, and you may have different reactions to supplements than someone else does. Also remember that any medication you are on can potentially interfere with or be affected by your supplements, even vitamins.
3. Select Only Those Supplements That Might Help with Your Particular Situation
You don’t want to go overboard with supplements. If you are taking 20 or more a day, or even 10 or more a day, that is a lot for your body to process, and chances are, you don’t need all of them.
You will need to prioritize your supplements based on your particular issues. Don’t just throw everything at the wall and hope it will stick.
Working with a qualified health care provider and/or herbalist may help in selecting the right supplements for your particular needs.
Some of the More Popular Supplements for Energy
We cannot recommend specific energy boosting supplements across the board because we don’t know your particular situation. However, here are some popular ones that are often used with generally good results:
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) in the Form of Ubiquinol
The ubiquinol form of coenzyme Q10 is more easily absorbed into the body than conventional coenzyme Q10. This is a generally safe energy booster to take, and recommended for people with heart issues, especially those on statin drugs. You still need to check with your doctor as it can be counter indicated depending on the medications you are taking.
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Once again, you should have your B12 levels checked because you may not need a vitamin B12 supplement. Many people recommend a full vitamin B complex, but be careful about recommendations to take high doses of B6, because it is not well-known that it can cause nerve damage.
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Ginseng is a food and a spice, so you don’t really need to take it as a separate supplement. It is generally safe and has been used for thousands of years. It is also great for helping with digestion. Some studies have shown that ginseng can improve energy levels in people who have chronic fatigue.
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Which Energy Supplements Should You Take?
The best energy supplements for you will depend on your body and your specific needs. Work with a qualified doctor to select exactly the right ones. And remember, sometimes the best energy booster is simply a healthy diet!