The best supplements for your 40’s are those that keep you healthy, provide protection from disease, and will help keep you feeling and looking youthful.
The anti-aging powerhouses in my supplement arsenal are S-Acetyl Glutathione & Alpha Lipoic Acid. Sometimes people ask me what I do for my skin and these two antioxidants along with my long time yoga practice are what have made the most difference in how I look and feel. However, if you’re going to take any of these recommendations, the very best supplement for your 40’s is hands down Vitamin D. More on this below.
Shopping links are below each recommendation. If you want to buy all the supplements in one go, it’s easiest to shop the entire Amazon Recommended Supplements list HERE.
make it easy – get an organizer
Supplements do absolutely nothing for you if you never take them. This is why I take about 5 minutes every Sunday to fill up a plastic pill organizer chest to accommodate the different sizes of supplements and keep it in my kitchen, where I can easily take them after breakfast or dinner.
the best supplements for your 40’s
Gives cardiovascular and anti-inflammatory benefits from DHA & EPA. Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of all diseases and causes. After menopause women lose the heart protective benefits of estrogen which makes krill or fish oil so important in midlife. I prefer krill oil vs. fish oil. It’s just my personal preference, but for me, that is based on sustainable fisheries/ethical reasons more than anything else.
It’s the most powerful antioxidant that the body makes. It’s an anti-aging powerhouse in several capacities and aids in toxin removal. It’s been recently formulated in acetylated form to remain stable and effective in the digestive tract. For this reason only use the acetylated version because without it, the body breaks it down and it becomes ineffective. Many Naturopathic Doctors have traditionally used glutathione for intravenous chelation therapy to remove heavy metals like mercury. So it’s fantastic that this powerful supplement is available to use at a relatively reasonable cost compared to what chelation therapy runs. Read about glutathione here and here.
Alpha Lipoic Acid
ALA is an antioxidant powerhouse that, when used in combination with Glutathione can really make a difference for you. ALA controls inflammation, blood sugar, and protects your skin collagen structure. Yup, you just read that right. It keeps your skin looking youthful! It also helps the other antioxidants in your body work better, is good for nerves, and also helps your body detoxify heavy metals from the body and therefore purifies the liver. ALA is basically your new best friend. As we age, we make less and less ALA so this is one instance where taking ALA supplements can make a lot of sense. I like a sustained release formula for better absorption.
Vitamin D – 2,000 – 5,000 mg/daily depending on your current level. Get your levels checked.
Optimize your vitamin D level to 70-90 ng/ml and monitor it with your doctor using a ’25-hydroxy test’ or 25 (OH) blood laboratory test to keep it there.
Keeping your vitamin D level optimized between 70-90 ng/ml will protect you from disease, some types of cancer including breast cancer, depression, and helps support healthy thyroid function. PLEASE take charge and beware of doctors who tell you your levels are fine. You need to always look at your labs to see where you are on the range. Lab reference levels often range somewhere between 30-100. Levels just above 30 are only adequate to prevent disease (rickets). If your level falls anywhere below 50 you will probably be feeling symptoms of low vitamin D.
Vitamin C 1,000 mg
Vitamin C is an antioxidant that fights free-radical damage from environmental pollutants. The buildup of free radicals over time is responsible for the aging process. Free radicals may also play a role in cancer, heart disease, and conditions like arthritis. Vitamin C is also necessary for proper adrenal function and is crucial for healing stressed adrenals. Stressed adrenals are no joke. If you have adrenal fatigue double your vitamin C intake.
B 100 Complex
I take this for energy and to help my thyroid function. I take a complete formula to keep it simple.
It has a full-body relaxing effect and can help with tension headaches. I also use it to minimize muscle soreness after workouts because it relaxes achy and tense muscles. Also, it helps regulate a healthy blood pressure and um, keeps you regular. This form will not give you the runs unlike other forms of magnesium!
Glutamine is a naturally occurring amino acid that builds protein in the body. It has tons of uses as it protects the immune system and digestive system, aids recovery after injury or surgery. It is also used to alleviate depression, moodiness, irritability, anxiety, and insomnia. Because it delivers “fuel” in the form of nitrogen and carbon to cells in the body that need it, it has been shown to enhance athletic performance. Glutamine also heals the gut and supports the immune system, especially in times of stress. If my life is crazy busy or stressful I always find taking this supplement beneficial. 500-1000 mg = 1-2 caplets daily work well for me.