Your “Trendy Supplements” Questions Answered!

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Have you seen those grocery store aisles filled with pills and supplements?! Not only is it completely overwhelming but you can’t even pronounce half the stuff! If you think you’re the only one standing there thinking “what is this for?” or “what does that even say?”, you are not alone! With the hundred different types of supplements out there, it’s easy to be confused but fear not, we have the answers for you! Here are the supplemental remedies everyone is trying these days:

1. Garcinia Cambogia 

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This is a popular supplement and has been used by stars such as Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez and even backed by celebrity doctors like Dr. Oz (albeit not without some backlash). It is mostly commonly taken for exercise performance and weight loss. They used it after giving birth to help get their bodies back. Garcinia Cambogia blocks your body’s ability to make fat and it puts the brakes on appetite.

 

2. Ginger Root

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Nauseous a lot? This might be for you. Ginger root is used to release feelings of nausea, motion sickness and other stomach problems. Ginger also helps with morning sickness, joint pain, relieve symptoms of a cold and even boost the metabolism.

3. Wheat Grass

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Wheat grass is a trendy super food that has been praised for its disease-fighting, age-defying properties these days. It not only provides energy, but it also helps fight sickness, control weight, and has enzymes that keep you young and healthy.

4. St. John’s Wort

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St. John’s wort is an herb; the supplement is made from its flowers and stems. It is most commonly used for depression and other conditions such as anxiety, tiredness, loss of appetite and trouble sleeping.

5. Green Coffee Bean

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Green coffee bean extract is currently on the list of the world’s most popular weight loss supplements. Green coffee beans are basically just un-roasted coffee beans, which is why they are green. It’s benefits include help with weight loss and high blood pressure.

6. Whey/Creatine

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With many athletes these days trying to run faster, jump higher and be better, they turn to performance enhancing supplements like whey and creatine protein. These have become so popular because of its availability in supplements, energy bars and protein powders all over grocery stores and the internet.

7. Kava

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Kava, or KavaKava, is used to “naturally” reduce stress and anxiety. Its roots come from the South Pacific Islands where natives have been using it as a natural remedy for centuries. Restlessness, sleeplessness, and stress-related symptoms like muscle tension/spasms are among its other helpful uses.

8. Matcha 

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It seems like matcha lattes, matcha desserts and matcha smoothies are everywhere these days. You will even see it as a new menu item at some coffee shops. Matcha is made from green tea leaves and is processed so that you are basically eating the entire leaf ground up- instead of watered down. It is packed with antioxidants, boosts metabolism, and burns calories.

9. Ginkgo Biloba

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Many take ginkgo supplements in the hopes that it will improve memory and sharp thinking. They are currently among the top-selling herbal medications. Ginkgo biloba extract (GBE) is collected from the dried green leaves of the plant and is produced as extracts, capsules, and tablets.

10. Chia

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Chia is very popular today in food and nutrition. The chia seed supplement has been shown to help control hunger and help with weight loss. The seeds are often sprinkled on cereal, vegetables, rice dishes, yogurt or mixed into drinks and baked goods.

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Which of these popular supplements would you try? 

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