Because you’re going low-carb, it’s important to get specific nutrients through supplements.
Certain supplements can aid in your low-carb diet and produce other health benefits.
Here are five low-carb-friendly supplements to try adding to your daily diet.
This is a great supplement to add to your low-carb diet. Not only does it help boost energy and support your immune system — it also helps your body regulate blood sugar levels.
When on a low-carb diet, it might be harder to meet your body’s magnesium needs because you might be eating less magnesium-dense foods. Adding a magnesium supplement is a great way to make sure your body is getting the minerals it needs plus other added health benefits.
2. Omega-3 Fatty Acids
This is another great supplement to add to your low-carb diet — or just in general.
Omega-3 supplements have multiple health benefits. It’s been found to reduce inflammation, lower heart disease risks and prevent mental decline. With these added health benefits, it’s a great supplement to start adding to your daily dose and low-carb diet routine.
3. Vitamin D
Low-carb diet or not, vitamin D is good for everyone’s overall health and well-being.
There are many health benefits when it comes to adding a vitamin D supplement to your diet. It helps absorb calcium in the body — which is important for those on a low-carb diet. Because your body may be lacking calcium, this supplement can help bridge the gap.
It also helps regulate cell growth, promotes bone health, lowers inflammation in the body, and supports the immune system.
Fiber is another great supplement to add to your low-carb diet. Your gut will appreciate the added fiber, and we all know a happy gut makes for a happy us.
Fiber is an important supplement to add to your diet during low-carb because it helps you feel full on a lower calorie intake, helps with productive bowel movements, and also flushes toxins from the body.
5. Digestive Enzymes
These can help with digestion (as you can imagine). High-fat content can sometimes be tough on the digestive system. Of course, this only is situational, but it can happen on a low-carb diet. To help, a digestive enzyme supplement could be the way to go.
Digestive enzymes help with the breakdown and digestion of proteins. It has also been shown to lessen post-workout soreness. This is a great supplement to consider adding to your diet.
Now that we’ve discussed five low-carb-friendly supplements, let’s dive into supplements that you might want to avoid.
MCT oil isn’t bad for you — but it just might not be necessary. Research shows that MCT oil really has no specific impact on exercise performance, brain function or weight loss. It also potentially worsens cardiovascular health. This is because of its high saturated fat content — so, maybe just forgo this one.
Vitamins with Titanium Dioxide
Titanium dioxide is a pigment used to enhance the opacity of certain over-the-counter products. There’s a concern about the risk of titanium dioxide being a Carcinogen. Although there isn’t enough evidence to conclude — it’s still regarded as a possible Carcinogen to humans.
It’s also worth mentioning to avoid vitamins with artificial dyes and added sugars.
If you can — steer clear of these supplements and vitamins and turn your attention to the ones recommended for use during a low-carb diet. If you have any additional questions on what supplements to take and avoid — please consult your primary care physician. Before taking any of these recommended supplements, talk to your doctor about what’s best for you.
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