Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Updated Routine Part 2: Supplements

This is all about the supplements  I've been taking daily in the morning and WHY!



Every day I have been taking a multi-vitamin, glucosamine, 15 mg zinc, and 1,000 mg vitamin C. I started taking the vitamin C and zinc supplements for cold sores (prescribed by my PA), but the more I read up on them and the longer I took them I noticed a MAJOR change in my skin. After about a month or so of being consistent with this routine my skin was SO much clearer. I was getting compliments from my grandmother, people at school, my instructor, and my parents. I believe a lot of it had to do with my supplements and consistency with a skincare routine.

Zinc has so many great benefits for the skin including increased healing for acne and wounds, collagen synthesis,  stimulation of white blood cell count, and reduction of the evidence of scarring.

"Zinc helps maintain the integrity of skin and mucosal membranes 
since one of zinc’s most vital functions is to stimulate white blood cell function. White blood cells are integral in the healing process and can defend the body against a number of infections.
It regulates and controls the amount of testosterone in the body, which plays a dominant role in causing acne. In addition to that, zinc is also involved in collagen synthesis. This further aids in normalizing the amount of skin oils and improves the maintenance of healthy skin. The open sores that come with acne are practically magnets for bacterial and viral infections, and zinc can stimulate the white blood cell count and reduce the chances of any type of infection. Finally, acne can leave permanent scars on people who suffer from the condition, and zinc can help to reduce the evidence of those scars." (organicfacts.net)

Although I hadn't had a cold sore in quite some time I got one last weekend. The PA said I could take up to 2,000 mg of vitamin C a day (time released) so I've recently upped my intake to 1,000 mg a day along with adding 500 mg. L-Lysine to my regime to keep the cold sores at bay. 
We all know that vitamin C has great benefits for a plethora of issues. It helps fight off symptoms of a cold, helps repair and regenerate tissues, fights against free radicals, and is overall a great immune booster.
L Lysine is an amino acid that is necessary for health. My main reason for taking it is to help depress cold sores. L lysine also helps the body absorb calcium, and "it plays an important role in the formation of collagen, a substance important for bones and connective tissues including skin, tendons, and cartilage." (umm.edu)

The glucosamine supplement I take for joint support. I have had problems with my left knee and my right wrist and I wasn't able to lift for a while because of it. I started taking glucosamine daily and those issues have significantly decreased. Every now and then if I overwork them I will get some pain, but nothing like it used to be. 

I got the multi vitamin I take from GNC. This particular one has an energy and metabolism boost blend in it as well as an antioxidant blend. The energy and metabolism blend includes caffeine anhydrous, green tea leaf extract, capsicum seed extract, black pepper fruit extract, and more.  
The antioxidant blend includes alpha lipoic acid, lycopene, turmeric root extract, zeaxanthin, and astaxanthin. Of course this also contains all the normal vitamins that multis normally include.

I got most of these supplements from vitacost for a great price! I LOVE vitacost. They have high quality brands and the best prices. It's easy to get online and order what you're looking for and it ships quick. They have food, beauty products, supplements, vitamins, pet care and so much more. I feel better ordering from them because it's more on the natural side. 
The glucosamine I got from Costco and my multi vitamin from GNC. 


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