Top 10 Supplements You Can’t Live Without

As a personal trainer I am always being asked what supplements would I recommend. As a former Store Manager for GNC my customers were always asking me this questions as well. It doesn’t matter how old they are, or what shape they are in, or whether they are working out or not, and to them and you I say …HOW DO I KNOW… ha ha ha. Sorry readers I couldn’t resist. Seriously though there are different supplements for different things in your life.

But here is a general Real Gainz Top 10 Supplement List:

1. Multivitamin

2. Vitamin C

3. B-Complex

4. Calcium with Vitamin D

5. Omega 3 Fatty Acid

6. Glucosamine/Chondroitin/MSM

7. Co-Q10

8. A SuperFood Product

9. Ginko Biloba

10. Green Tea Complex

Ok now lets dive right into each one so you could understand as to why I’ve chosen these 10 items.

1. Multivitamin: No matter what you do a good Multivitamin is a good start to a healthy lifestyle. There is scientific research that shows everyone could use a daily MultiVitamin. We only get about 10% of our daily vitamins and minerals from food. After Cleaning them, processing it, cooking it we loose almost all of the foods key nutrients.

2. Vitamin C: This Vitamin helps support natural resistance against free radicals. Free radicals come from over exposure to the elements.

For instance:
A. Pollution
B. Smoking
C. Sunlight.

Vitamin C helps the body absorb Iron, and important for collagen, healthy Bones, Teeth and our blood vessels.

3. B-Complex: Essential for energy production and has different B vitamins in it.

Here is a break down of some of the B-vitamins and what they do:
I. Niacin (B-3): Supports a healthy blood lipid profile.
II. Folic Acid: May reduce a women’s risk of having a child with a brain or spinal cord defect.
III. B-6: Critical to nervous system function.
IV. B-12: Essential for energy Production.
Folic Acid, B-6, & B-12 all help maintain a healthy homocysteine level.

4. Calcium with Vit. D: After your mid-30’s everyone slowly loses bone mass. However, woman lose bone mass faster than men. But guys don’t be fooled or stupid we lose bone mass as well. Taking Calcium with Vit. D helps in preventing this. The Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium.

The National Academy of Sciences recommends the following for taking Calcium:
Age 1-3: 500mg/day
4-8: 800mg/day
9-18: 1,300mg/day
19-50: 1,000mg/day
51 & Older: 1,200mg/day
Pregnant and Nursing women: 1,300mg/day
Menopausal women: 1,500mg/day

5. Omega 3 fatty acid: Also known as: Fish oil is a natural anti-inflammatory, it helps lower cholesterol, lubricates the joints. And the cardiovascular system. Helps support a healthy blood pressure, as well as, healthy skin and brain functions.

6. Glucosamine/Chondroitin/MSM: May help reduce osteoarthritis pain. It helps to rebuild cartilage and lubricates joints. The msm helps as an anti inflammatory.

7: Co-Q10: Also Known as Coenzyme Q-10 and is an antioxidant for the heart. It support heart and blood vessel functions.

8. Superfood Complex: A SuperFoods Complex contains a powerful blend of nutrient and antioxidants that help to support good health. Each serving should supply more antioxidant capacity than 13 servings of fruits and vegetables. As stated in the multivitamin section above: Free radicals can break down healthy cells and potentially lead to a variety of health problems. Air pollution, chemicals, food additives, physical stress and our body’s normal use of oxygen contribute to the production of these harmful compounds. Antioxidants help to fight cell-damaging free radicals.

9. Ginko Biloba: Is an herb that has been found to help support mental sharpness, Helps support blood flow to the brain and extremities.

10. Green Tea Complex: Women who drink five or more 3.4-ounce cups of green tea every day cut their risk of heart disease by 31% compared with women who drink one or fewer 3.4-ounce cups. Men who drink this much green tea cut their heart disease risk by 22%. A good Green Tea Complex should have 125mg of EGCG to support metabolism. It is also a good Antioxidant.

Well that’s it the Top 10 Supplements you can not live without.


Original written as an article in the second issue of Real Gainz Fitness Magazine.

Keith has a plethora of fitness information and knowledge that can help you. Come contact him and take advantage of all he has to offer.

2 responses to “Top 10 Supplements You Can’t Live Without

  1. Wow, great item!! I have done some research of my own on “CoEnzyme Q10” as my hubby has been looking at starting on cholesterol-lowering meds and was really surprised when research indicated that cholesterol lowering drugs my husband wants to take can actually decrease the body’s supply of Coq10. These, “statins” as the drugs are termed act to inhibit the enzymes that are involved in cholesterol production, which takes place in the liver. Gee whiz, how great is that  Then I read on that they also inhibit the production of Coq10 in the process! So the problem with Coq10 and statins is that while these drugs can help decrease cholesterol in the body, they are also depleting the important Coq10 my hubby needs.

    On the other side of the coin his health is important and so I dug around online and found a site that offers Coq10 at some great prices. I figure if he can take the prescription statins and then offset it with affordable Coq10 we are square  Found them at this site called (weird name!) and they have some great deals here like buy one get two free and they are way better than my local retailer had, plus with free shipping I save a ton on gas!. So now that we are all educated we can relish in the fact that there are simple ways to work around some of the supposed drawbacks of cholesterol drugs.

  2. gbgbestmultivitamin

    Like your site, and all the great things posted here, and what a multivitamin really offers for today’s generation of health standards, very interesting!!

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