Fatigue? Headaches? Cramps? See What Nutrients You Might Be Lacking

From capsules and chews to tablets and topicals, it can be difficult to know which vitamins and minerals are best to keep your banging body nourished. We're here to help verify vitamins and single out supplements that may help you maintain that sexy lifestyle.


*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The products identified in this list are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking any medications or have any medical condition, consult your doctor before use. Discontinue use and consult your doctor if any adverse reactions occur. *

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Pregnant Or Not, Play It Safe With a Prenatal Vitamin

Are you excited to start a family soon or does the mere thought of diapers cause you dismay (#sleepisgood)? Either way, if you're a woman of childbearing age, it may be smart to add a prenatal vitamin to your daily routine. That way, if you find yourself preggers (congrats, momma!), prenatal vitamins help your babe get off on the right start. How so? Prenatal vitamin formulas aid in healthy brain, eye, and spinal development thanks to specific vitamins and minerals, including DHA and folate. Find yourself kiddo-free? You may decide you want more out of your vitamins, tailored to your unique needs, which are better obtained by a regular multivitamin and/or supplements. Consult your physician and consider your lifestyle to determine which option might be best.

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Make Life Simple With a Multivitamin

Searching for a quick and easy solution to optimize your health and make sure you get the most bang for your "vitamin buck"? Quit aimlessly wandering that never-ending vitamin aisle and grab yourself a value pack of multivitamins. Yes, of course, we should get every last one of our nutrients from the foods we eat throughout the day, but let's be honest. There are gaps in our diet, and this is a straightforward way to supplement. Seriously, who has time to calculate and track each and every daily value that goes into our body to make sure we hit that magic "100 percent"? Once daily vitamins make life simple. Better yet? Depending on the variety you pick up, this one-stop-shop vitamin can also provide a boost of vitamin D for bone health and your immune system, while also delivering 100 percent of your daily value of different vitamins. Did we mention you can also get multivitamins that are non-GMO and gluten free? #healthylife

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Be Good to Your Bones With Calcium and Vitamin D

That hot, new leather jacket might make you look bad to the bone but make no bones about it; your sexy skeleton needs to be good and healthy to keep up with a badass lifestyle. Growing up, we dutifully drank our milk because we were told it would help build strong bones. #Throwback: Remember those celeb-studded "Got Milk" ads? Well, here we are a couple of decades later, and we need to maintain those healthy bones with calcium to prevent osteoporosis (surprise, you need to think about this NOW). What's with the vitamin D? It helps your body absorb that much-needed calcium. Luckily, combination calcium with vitamin D softgels let you take both bone-building nutrients at the same time in one supplement. You gotta be kind to your body, so go ahead and chow down on some calcium and vitamin D. Bonus? Vitamin D may even help strengthen your body's immunity and combat fatigue.

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Put a Stop to Joint Pain With Chondroitin, Glucosamine, and MSM

Your limbs have taken a beating. From high school's high-flying cheer stunts and sprints on the track to college's hard-hitting rugby tackles and numerous intramural competitions, your time on this Earth has been less than appreciative to your joints (#totallyworthit). But let's get real, you have some serious mileage to log in life with half-marathon finishing, backpacking, and beach bumming still on your bucket list. Don't let aching joints get in the way of your sassy self. Instead, take advantage of a supplement packed with glucosamine, chondroitin, plus methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), and vitamin D3. These tablets pack a powerful punch against joint pain thanks to the benefits of chondroitin, glucosamine, and MSM. You can also opt for combination supplements that come equipped with vitamin D for bone health. Start lacing up those running shoes. You've got a half-marathon to check off your list.

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Grant Yourself Immunity With Vitamin C

Are you traveling the "friendly skies" soon (hello, sun and sand), or maybe your sniffly coworker is always borrowing your pen after sneezing into their hands (ew, gross)? No matter if you're sticking around home or suiting up for a beachy vacay, getting sick SUCKS. Arm your immune system with vitamin C supplements. The benefits of this little miracle worker, vitamin C, are widely known and utilized, and they have been for some time. Between the 16th and 18th centuries, sailors would set out on lengthy journeys and not get enough vitamin C (#spoileralert: fruits and veggies don't travel well over long periods of time), resulting in something called scurvy. Though scurvy is rare nowadays, vitamin C is definitely not a nutrient you want to be lacking!

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Say Farewell to Fatigue With Iron

If your doc has ever said your blood needs more healthy red blood cells (aka you're anemic), or you experience a heavy period (ugh, thanks for the visit, Aunt Flo), chances are excellent you're feeling wiped out. Wise up, and thus perk up, to the benefits of an iron supplement. Iron holds a very important job; it's the building block for hemoglobin, which transports oxygen throughout the body. So it only makes sense that when there is a lack of iron, there is a lack of oxygen delivery to your lean and mean musculature. Before you start chowing down on this "steely" nutrient, you might want to opt for some slow-release options. Iron has a tendency to upset the stomach (and cause constipation), and a slow-release tablet will gradually deliver the nutrient into the body over the course of four to six hours so as not to bother your belly. Don't go overboard; too much iron can be toxic. A once-daily supplement is an easy way to correct a deficiency, but talk to your doctor to make sure that's the reason you're feeling fatigued.

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Fight Off Free Radicals With Vitamin E

It's time for a quick and easy lesson. First, free radicals caused by everyday life such as sun damage and pollution are bad. Second, antioxidants (like vitamin E) that slow the aging process and can help promote things like healthy skin and hair are good. Antioxidants help fight off free radicals. Get more antioxidants in your life with the help of supplements like vitamin E capsules. Then, revel in the realization that you've done something good for your body.

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Put an End to Muscle Cramps With Potassium

Don't let cramps, well, cramp your style. From muscle spasms in the legs to sidelining soreness in the stomach (thanks again, Aunt Flo), potassium can help put you back on the path to being pain-free. Foods that are high in potassium, like bananas, potatoes, and milk, are fine to feast on as a part of your usual mealtime. However, if you're looking for a smart, simple way to build up or maintain potassium levels in the body, once-daily potassium capsules have you covered (and you can even opt for options without artificial coloring, flavors, or ingredients). Important: Consult your doctor before use as too much potassium can lead to heart arrhythmia.

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Minimize Migraines With Magnesium and Vitamin B2

All of a sudden it hits you like a ton of bricks. You find yourself in the throes of an excruciating migraine, nauseated from the pain caused by the blazing fluorescent office light, constant "ping" of incoming email, and coworker chatter across the hall. And no, it's not the result of a late night with your best girlfriends. You're one of the millions of Americans who are affected by migraines. Whatever the trigger may be, from hormones or stress to alcohol and environmental changes (seriously, does anything NOT cause a headache?), you can help minimize migraines with certain neurological support formulas. One softgel may help reduce the severity and number of migraine attacks thanks to key ingredients such as magnesium and riboflavin, also known as vitamin B2. Migraines are nothing to make light of, but with the help of nutrients and supplements like magnesium and vitamin B2, you may find you can at least turn on a light.

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Keep Your Heart Healthy With Fish Oil

Let's face it. Broken hearts are bound to happen (swiped right when you should've swiped left, huh?). While some may argue the end of a relationship calls for an overindulgence of ice cream, it's fish oil that will take the best care of your grief-stricken cardiac organ. Heartache aside, there's good news and bad news for the ladies. The good news? Your naturally occurring estrogen is cardioprotective. The bad news? Heart disease is still the number-one killer of women in the United States. Make sure your ticker can stand the test of time (and all the ups and downs that come with life) with fish oil. With freshness, potency, and purity guaranteed by many brands, these softgels will have your heart singing again whether you're chanting the lyrics to "Single Ladies" or "Crazy In Love" (gotta love some Queen Bey). Quick tip: Avoid possible, uh, embarrassing side effects, like burping and diarrhea, by taking the softgel with food. And remember— no matter what always #loveyourself.

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Ace Your Next Eye Exam With Vitamin A

Be kind to your "baby blues" (or greens, hazels, and browns, for that matter) by investing in vitamin A supplements. While vitamin A is beneficial in proper doses, consult your physician before use as too much vitamin A can cause risk to your health. If you've got a bun in the oven (or you're trying to get pregnant), don't exceed 10,000 IU daily or 3,000 micrograms to avoid possible birth defects. Vitamin A toxicity makes the most mischief during the first trimester. Need a conversation starter? It's a good idea to stay away from eating polar bear liver. The glacial giants concentrate vitamin A in their livers from eating seal fat (vitamin A is stored in fat cells), and the levels can reach toxicity if the polar bear liver is eaten. So, you know, don't (and tell your sled dogs to avoid it too). #themoreyouknow

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