Want to start your day with a little extra nutrient boost? Pharmaca offers a variety of nutritional supplements that are easy to slip into a smoothie or add to your favorite juice. Here are a few to consider—and why.
Muscles, blood, skin, hair, nails, heart, brain and internal organs all use protein as their primary building material. Collagen, a special type of protein, is important for strong arteries, tendons, ligaments, teeth and connective tissues. A diet rich in protein can also help produce dopamine and norepinephrine, two powerful brain chemical neurotransmitters that keep you alert and mentally powerful.
Protein powders are available from a variety of sources: whey protein is the most bioavailable and easily absorbed by your body; egg protein is great if you can't tolerate dairy products; vegan proteins, such as those from peas, hemp or chia, are complete and bioavailable, and many are organically grown.
Powdered greens contain the highest concentrations of easily digested nutrients, vitamins and minerals. They may also contain beneficial substances like proteins, phytochemicals and good bacteria, all of which can protect against disease and illness while they detoxify and energize key organs.
Greens such as seaweed are also excellent blood purifiers, alkalinizing the body and helping reduce the burden of environmental toxins.
Fiber is essential for a variety of processes, but one of its most important roles is to promote regular, rapid elimination, which can relieve constipation, improve symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and even decrease your risk of colon cancer.
Other benefits: Fiber contains oligosaccharides, which feed the friendly bacteria in the gut (called "prebiotics") to enhance digestion and improve nutrient absorption. Fiber is also great at regulating blood sugar.