I am often asked what are the best supplements. First keep in mind that supplements are meant to compliment your diet, not BE your diet. Normally, you should be able to get all the nutrients you need from a balanced diet. However, taking supplements can provide additional nutrients when your diet is lacking or when certain health conditions cause you to develop an insufficiency or deficiency.
In the United States, dietary supplements are not regulated as strictly as drugs; manufacturers do not have to prove that their use is either safe or effective. Supplement manufacturers are prohibited from selling unsafe products. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) maintains a list of tainted drugs. The worst offenders are usually weight loss aids, "natural" sexual enhancement pills, and supplements targeted at bodybuilders.
Here are two supplements I recommend taking regardless if you are trying to lose weight or increase your muscle mass:
Fish oil contains the omega 3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which are the very best fats. The omega 3 fatty acids found in fish oil have been scientifically proven to reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes, lower blood pressure, decrease inflammation and joint stiffness, and treat various mood disorders. Fish oil has also been shown to either help improve or prevent Alzheimer's disease and dementia, depression, heart disease, cancer, arthritis, diabetes, hyperactivity, ADHD and more.
The majority of your protein intake should come from high protein foods (chicken, fish, turkey, lean meats, egg whites, etc.), protein powder is a quick, simple, convenient way to ensure you get enough protein each day. Protein shakes are enable you to control your fat and calorie intake, which is beneficial to weight management. Portion control is a major problem for many people, and since many protein powders have controlled portions of calories, fat, protein and carbohydrates.
One of the main benefits of making and consuming protein shakes is the opportunity to add a multitude of other nutrients along with the protein powder. In one drink, you can enjoy the benefits of protein, fruits, flaxseed oil, aloe vera gel, coconut oil, milk, greens, natural peanut butter, plus any other foods or supplements you may want. Experiment with different combinations to find a taste to your liking.