There are a myriad of supplements and vitamins you can take to ensure your best healthy lifestyle practices, many of which can benefit your skin, immune system, and gut health which is connected to everything! If you’re anything like me – a supplement junkie who loves to learn about the different benefits of supplements and consume all the health goodness, keep reading to learn about some supplements your body may benefit from!
Omega 3’s. Ok, wow. If you didn’t know, Omega 3’s are important for many different reasons. First off, omega 3’s can help with depression and anxiety. There are three types of fatty acids: ALA, EPA and DHA. Of the three, EPA appears to be the best at fighting depression and other mental disorders (Hjalmarsdottir, 2018). Omega 3’s can also improve eye health, promote brain health during pregnancy and early stages of life, improve risk factors for heart disease, can fight inflammation and autoimmune diseases, and can fight age-related decline and Alzheimer’s disease (Hjalmarsdottir 2018). Omegas may even prevent cancer (Hjalmarsdottir, 2018). Lastly, omega-3 fats are good for your skin, something we at Romer obviously care lots about, by:
- Managing oil production and hydration of your skin.
- Preventing hyperkeratinization of hair follicles, which appears as the little red bumps often seen on upper arms.
- Reducing premature aging of your skin.
- Reducing the risk of acne.
- Protecting your skin from sun damage.
Some good news – Romer’s Complete Regimen is rich in Omegas! Vegetable Oils (i.e., Glycerin), Grapeseed Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Prickly Pear Seed Oil, and CBD all contain those fatty acids which help improve your skin. YES, please!
Probiotics. The next category on my supplement radar are probiotics!Scientific evidence suggests that you can treat and even prevent some illnesses from certain kinds of live bacteria found in foods and supplements (Havard Health 2020). Not only do probiotics aid in digestion and nutrient absorption, but they can also contribute to immune function (Havard Health 2020). Since probiotics are good for your gut health, this also means that they can help improve your skin since what happens in the gut usually shows up on your face! Probiotics can also help with development of resistance of allergies in children, as well as prevent vaginal and urinary infections in women due to the good bacteria contained in them (Havard Health 2020)! Many live culture strains of probiotics can be found in yogurts, such as Greek yogurt, or other products containing good bacteria such as kombucha, kefir, kimchi, sauerkraut, or you can integrate a probiotic supplement. Probiotics are beneficial for all genders, so if you’re looking to upgrade your overall health and wellness, you’ll feel extra good about your health by adding some probiotics!
Holy Basil (Tulsi). Holy what?! That’s right. Holy Basil, also known as Tulsi, is a potent adaptogen from the basil family originated in north central India (Cohen 2014). There is significant evidence that shows that tulsi can address physical, chemical, metabolic and psychological stress and has been found to protect organs and tissues against industrial pollutants and heavy metals that are prone to causing chemical stress (Cohen 2014). Some call Tulsi “liquid yoga” due to the calming and clarity affect it has on the body (Cohen 2014).
While Tulsi can reduce stress and anxiety, it can also improve memory and cognitive function, stimulate and vitalize your body, protect the stomach, ease inflammation and joint pain, and protect against infection and treat wounds (Krans 2020). This is due to holy basil being antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic (a painkiller). Dang! What can’t this herb do?
Many studies support the use of the entire plant of holy basil for human use and its therapeutic value (Krans 2020). Holy basil is high in Vitamin A and C, Calcium, Zinc, Iron and Chlorophyl. It can be found in supplement form or you can even try warming up a mug of hot holy basil tea. During these winter months, sign me up!
Whether you decide to incorporate Omegas into your diet or skincare routine (ahem Romer), start taking a probiotic or eating more yogurt for breakfast, or checking out Holy Basil, it’s important to always check with your doctor or dermatologist first since they know your health history best.
Cohen, Marc Maurice. “Tulsi – Ocimum sanctum: A herb for all reasons.” Journal of Ayurveda and integrative medicine vol. 5,4 (2014): 251-9. doi:10.4103/0975-9476.146554
Hjalmarsdottir, Freydis. “17 Science-Based Benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acids.” Healthline, Healthline Media, 15 Oct. 2018, www.healthline.com/nutrition.
Krans, Brian. “The Health Benefits of Holy Basil.” Healthline, Healthline Media, 3 Nov. 2020, www.healthline.com/.
Publishing, Harvard Health. “Health Benefits of Taking Probiotics.” Harvard Health, 13 Apr. 2020, www.health.harvard.edu/vitamins-and-supplements/health-benefits-of-taking-probiotics.