Vitamins: Finding the right supplements


If you’ve been to a vitamin store, you know the options are endless and sometimes confusing.

Doctors prefer people to get their vitamins from food and nutrients before turning to pills. However, if you exercise, eat right and are looking for a boost, there’s help available for sleep, digestion, energy and even gray hairs.

Here’s what you need to know about vitamins and supplements:

It is important to get to the root cause of poor sleep. It can be related to high stress during the day, poor diet, or playing too many games on your phone before bedtime.

Some general sleep support supplements, according to dietitian Erin Gussler, phosphatidylserine and a product called lunaSOMM both target reducing cortisol — your stress hormone — to help your body get into rest mode instead of stress mode.

Magnesium before bedtime may also help relax the body. Magnesium deficiency has been linked to depression, high blood pressure and heart disease. Gussler recommends 400 mg before bedtime. Avoid magnesium oxide or citrate, she said, as these can act as more of a laxative than a replenishing supplement.

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