We know the fundamentals to looking and feeling our best: getting plenty of sleep, drinking enough water, eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and an amazing skincare routine. But some days, it’s easy to fall behind on one or (all) of those aspects — and we could use a little boost. That’s where these supplements step in to help you do everything from easing your stress levels to promoting healthy hair growth. We demystified the supplement world with a few of our favorites — see what’s best in class with our handy Supplement Superlatives:
Most Likely to Ease Belly Bloat
If you’re feeling sluggish, you’re experiencing unexplained weight gain, you feel like your body is puffy, and/or you’re having digestive problems, it could mean your metabolism is slowing down. There are a number of ways your lifestyle can help (getting exercise, minimizing processed foods by eating a balanced diet, and managing stress — for starters), but if you’re looking for a quicker way to fire up your metabolism, just add this powder to your daily routine. This organic, gluten-free, and dairy-free supplement can be added to a drink or sprinkled on top of food. After one day, you’ll experience relief from bloating; after three you’ll find a boost in energy; after five you’ll likely have fewer sugar cravings; and after two weeks, it promises that you’ll feel lighter and leaner. It contains a mix of horsetail extract (a natural diuretic), Gymnema Sylvestre (an herb that regulates cortisol), L-glutamine (which boosts your energy), fucoxanthin (an antioxidant that lowers body fat), and black pepper piperine (an active compound that revs up digestion). Plus, it tastes like rich, dark chocolate, which feels like a special treat every day.
Most Likely to Give You Longer, Stronger Hair
The brand that put personalized hair care on the map now offers supplements that aim to soothe unhappy scalps and stimulate hair growth. All it takes is an easy virtual consultation. They’ll ask you a few questions about your hair type, lifestyle, hair goals, how you style it, your environment, and even your location (as that informs which environmental stressors — like the strong sun in Miami — your hair might need protection from). Some key active ingredients may include the brand’s proprietary natural PureCatalyst complex for hair growth, saffron extract for stress management, the grape seed for age support, hibiscus extract for environmental defense, horsetail extract for hair thickness, and sesame seed extract for hair strength. The two-step routine consists of one capsule that tackles rebalancing your scalp and another capsule that stimulates the hair bulb so you can experience healthier hair growth and less shedding.
Most Likely to Help You Age Gracefully
We all know now that collagen is the key to youthful-looking skin and this powder supplement is the first-ever collagen that is uniquely designed to include all nine essential amino acids. Each serving contains 10 grams of hydrolyzed collagen that is quickly digested and absorbed into your system, vitamin C (an essential water-soluble vitamin that helps produce collagen), and biotin (a.k.a. vitamin B7) that supports healthier skin, hair, and nails. It’s the most complete collagen product you’ll find right now, and mixes in seamlessly with your coffee, smoothies, and shakes.
Most Likely to Help You Catch Zzz’s
Move over melatonin, there’s another way to help people get a good night’s rest. In clinical studies, 96% of participants saw an improvement in their sleep quality thanks to these little capsules. The secret is a combination of valerian root, passionflower, and hops that promotes that deep sleep we all, well, dream about. Not only are you tackling sleep with this supplement, but it also promotes skin cell turnover with ceramides that retain moisture and improve your skin’s texture, antioxidant ferulic acid, and CoQ10, which combats free radicals. So when we say this will help you get your beauty rest, we mean literally.
Most Likely to Help Find Your Chill
Feeling the jitters? This calming blend of four ingredients — L-theanine, inositol, passionflower, and magnesium bisglycinate — help your mind find its calm by lowering your cortisol levels (the stress hormone). The mixture eases tension in your body by relaxing the muscles in a natural and gentle way. Plus, by lowering stress signals in your body, you’ll get better digestion and more restful sleep. You can take Calm capsules at any point in the day, however, since it doesn’t induce drowsiness.
Most Likely to Get You Glowing
Co-founded by model Elle Macpherson (who serves us major skin inspiration on the regular), these newly launched capsules deliver essential greens and antioxidants to support glowy skin and a clearer complexion. Each capsule is packed with 18 different greens, minerals, and vitamins that support healthier-looking skin. Think: vitamin C, B3, B6, E, copper, and zinc — plus, barley grass, broccoli, and spinach that all aim to nourish your skin from the inside out. Another perk to these vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free capsules is that they were formulated to dissolve and absorb into your system more quickly so you can immediately reap the benefits. It’s advised to take the two capsules in the morning with food since potent nutrients like zinc can irritate an empty stomach and vitamin B can interrupt your sleep when taken too late in the day. For expecting mamas, definitely touch base with your doctor, as the formula may have anthraquinones, which shouldn’t be consumed while pregnant or breastfeeding.
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