Supplements. I continually find myself overwhelmed by all of the supplements that are available. Even just walking down the supplement aisle in the drug store I am baffled at not only how many different vitamins and minerals you can buy but also how many different brands there are. Where do you even start? Do you just take one of everything? What do you need? I spent some time googling supplement tests to see if any of these narrowing things down for me, and while it helped a little, I am still confused about what specifically to get, especially what brand.
I have looked at Young Livings supplements, of course, because I am mildly obsessed with learning EVERYTHING that I can about the company and what they all have to offer, but I usually kept browsing because, well, why do I need supplements. But the more I thought about it, my diet restrictions keep me from eating a lot of the foods I should be. For example, I don’t eat fruit because I am allergic to basically all of it, and the fruits I wasn’t allergic to in the past I am now. A moment of silence for the end of my strawberry shortcake eating days, please…
But in all seriousness, fruits offer incredible valuable benefits that I cannot take advantage of. Coupled with my lower intake of meat, I think it’s time I take supplements seriously.
Now enter a useful Google search, what supplements should I take for my age. As a 20-something, there are different V&M that I need as compared to a 50+ woman. Oprah has a very helpful and straight forward chart with some of the most important vitamins a woman 20-40 needs, as well as how much and for some of the “vitamin-like substances, in” there are recommendations of where to find them naturally in food. Check it out!
I looked through the list and thought, well that’s not too many things. So I started looking seriously at what supplements Young Living offers and what all is in them. Again, overwhelming! Each one has unique qualities however many of the V&M overlap, too. Naturally, I decided to make a spreadsheet!
|Vitamins, Minerals, and Other Supplements||Super Cal Plus||Super B||OmegaGize||Super C|
|Vitamin F (folate)||x|
With this I was able to see which supplements would get be the biggest bang for my buck as well as meet most, if not all, of my V&M needs. This is by NO means an exhaustive list of the supplements YL offers, I looked at the ones that had a notable number of V&M as well as a significant amount of each in the dose. Some of the other supplements are more essential oil based and contain a 1% DV of a vitamin, but those are the ones I left out.
I will be ordering Super B on my next Essential Rewards order, and putting OmegaGize on my wish list (the price tag is a little steeper on that one then I can afford at the moment, but one day I would love to incorporate it into my regimen).
On a different note, I want to explain a little about WHY Young Living supplements are better than drug store brands. The key is the inclusion of the essential oils as well as the sources that the V&M are from.
“Super B is a comprehensive vitamin complex containing all eight essential, energy-boosting B vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, and B12). Recently reformulated, it now Features Orgen-FA®*, a natural folate source derived from lemon peels, and methylcobalamin, a more bioavailable source of B12.” (https://www.youngliving.com/en_US/products/super-b-tablets)
Bioavailability is “the degree and rate at which a substance (such as a drug) is absorbed into a living system or is made available at the site of physiological activity”. (https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bioavailability)
The more bioavailable a substance is, our bodies are able to recognize it and absorb it more fully than if it is a synthetic substance that the body doesn’t recognize. Essential oils and their bioavailability is still an area that requires more research, however, there are indications that they are bioavailable and could aid in the absorption of vitamins and minerals (Kohlert et. all, 2000). Dr. Jim Bob Haggerton, who has extensively studied essential oils and is a Young Living member, explains that the addition of essential oils increases the bioavailability of the nutrients by 70-80%. Simply by adding essential oils to the supplements, they are more recognized by the body and easier absorbed.
Here is a complete list of all supplements that Young Living offers. Take a look and see which might benefit you and your lifestyle.
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References not listed above: Bioavailability and Pharmacokinetics of Natural Volatile Terpenes in Animals and Humans Kohlert1, I. van Rensen2 , R. März3 , G. Schindler4 , E. U. Graefe1 , M. Veit1,* Planta Med 2000; 66(6): 495-505 DOI: 10.1055/s-2000-8616