Which nutritional supplements do I use?

People often ask me about which supplements I use to support my health and athletic training. For a number of years now I only use supplements from Xtend-Life because of their purity, quality and ingredient choices. These are the ones I regularly use.

Omega 3 QH Ultra

Xtend-Life's omega 3 fish oil is ultra pure and has very high levels of DHA and EPA which are the two specific omega 3's to look for in a fish oil. It is free from contaminants and marine pollution and is third party lab tested. The QH Ultra version of their fish oil which I use contains lycopene, astaxanthin and a specific form of co-enzyme Q10.

Multi-Xtra

This supplement is much more than a standard multi-vitamin. It contains 48 bioavailable nutrients such as green tea extract, MSM and zeaxanthin and includes your vitamins and minerals. Even if you don't get this product I suggested you read the ingredient list and follow the links to learn more about them. It's especially interesting to read about their use of active and bioavailable versions of nutrients.

Lung Support Plus

Mushrooms are the new thing in health news. This supplement contains a special blend of four organic medicinal mushrooms and 200mg of highly anti-oxidant New Zealand grape seed extract. The mushrooms used are the Chaga, Cordyceps, Reishi and Turkey Tail mushrooms. I use this as I have mild asthma and it's very important for people with even mild asthma to take good care of their lungs. This forms part of my lung care program.

Green Lipped Mussel Powder

Xtend-life's Green Lipped Mussel Powder contains glycosaminoglycans, chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine, along with omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids and other nutrients. Xtend-Life have their own grower of green lipped mussels in an ultra-pure New Zealand sound, and the mussels are harvested at the correct time of their life-cycle and processed in order to retain the unique nutrient complex they contain. A full-on natural supplement which I use in periods of heavy training.

Why these?

These supplements are each in their own right excellent, and any one of them would be good, but together they cover a broad spectrum of nutrients for me with a broad range of benefits from anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory, to metabolic support. I think the secret is to have a broad range of quality nutrients, long-term and in appropriate doses rather than ultra high doses of only one or two nutrients. Like with exercise and healthy eating I consider long-term regularity important with a supplement system. It's clearly better to exercise regularly and no amount of over-doing it in short period will make-up for it - in fact it could make things worse. I use that analogy when it comes to supplements.

It should go without saying that these supplements are designed to supplement a well balanced and appropriate diet, and not to replace healthy and varied food.

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