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Top 10 Supplements, Part 1

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Ever since I was a little girl, I have taken vitamins. I remember being about 5 years old or so and getting really excited when I found a red or purple Fred Flintstone vitamin in the bottle—I always thought those were the best flavors. As I got older I started taking other supplements, like a B-complex and multivitamin. And of course, getting a cold meant extra chewable vitamin C.

Fast forward a few decades, and I’m still a huge fan of vitamins, minerals, and other natural supplements. Back in the mid-90s I worked as a customer service representative at a local vitamin company and I felt like a kid in a candy store. The great thing about the company was that they encouraged everyone to read up on and learn about what we were selling, and so I did a lot of research on everything from garlic to flaxseed oil and selenium to vitamin E.

For me, here’s what it boils down to: I feel better when I take my vitamins. I have plenty of days where I forget to take them, or end up taking just one or two. But on those days, I do notice a difference in my energy level and overall health. I’ve had more than one vitamin non-believer friend tell me that it must be a placebo effect and that I have “expensive urine” but you know what? I don’t think that’s true. And the dozens of books and articles I’ve read about supplements and the scores of scientific studies too all back up my theory that supplements can be very helpful to our health.

Below is my Top 10 list of what I feel are the best natural supplements for me to take. If you’d like to try some or all of them too that’s fine with me, but please know that I’m not a physician, nor do I play one on TV. So if you do want to give some of these a try, please run them past your doctor first, just to be on the safe side.

1—Garlic— Numerous studies have shown how this herb can help ward off colds and flus, which is certainly more important than ever right now with the H1N1 flu going around, and the seasonal flu coming up next. I buy a brand that contains alfalfa too, which works as a natural deodorizer.

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