The only 3 supplements you really need to take…

Health food shops are packed full of them, but which pills and potions are really worth putting your hand in your pocket for?



If you’re likely to forget your supplement, make it as simple as possible with a one-a-day multivitamin and mineral. Aim for 100% RDA and you won’t be getting too much or too little

of the nutrients you need. A standard multivitamin is inexpensive and will do the job of topping up your diet, but look for one that contains Vitamin D3, which is better absorbed than D2, and iron in the form of ferrous sulphate.

Omega 3

The magic ingredient for a sharper brain, omega-3 is an essential fatty acid found in salmon, walnuts and flaxseeds. The brain is 60% fat and it uses the supplement as a booster for better memory, mood and concentration. Look for a supplement containing about 500mg of combined EPA and DHA, and expect to pay a premium. Cheaper fish-oil supplements such as cod liver oil contain just 80-300mg.


Researchers at the Mayo Clinic say there’s some evidence that the naturally occurring enzyme CoQ10 helps lower blood pressure and strengthen the heart. Natural levels decrease with age – so supplements can help as we get older. If you’re taking statins to lower your blood pressure, these will also deplete your CoQ10 – another reason to supplement.

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