Best Nutritional Supplements We all understand how important it  is to maintain a healthy lifestyle.  Although, it is challenging due to the numerous books, resources and expert studies on what is best for our bodies.  Nutritionists, doctors, fitness trainers,  and researchers all have different opinions on what we should do to take care of our health.  Most of them, however recommend that along with a healthy diet everyone needs to take nutritional supplements.  Even a healthy and fit individual should at least take a daily multivitamin.  But what about all those other nutritional supplements on the market? We decided to take all the confusion out of what you hear from the media and books about nutritional supplements by creating a simple list of the top five best nutritional supplements on the market.  After reading this list then you can decide which if any will benefit your health and wellness.

1. Raspberry Ketones

Raspberry ketones are a natural compound responsible for the aroma of red raspberries. Research has shown its potent fat-burning capabilities stem from its ability to stimulate the production of the hormone adiponectin. Adiponectin naturally tricks the body into acting like it is thin, thus encouraging the fat cells in your body to give up their fat: Higher adiponectin = lower levels of body fat. However, it does so without stimulating the cardiovascular system, in stark contrast to other thermogenic (metabolism increasing) supplements. In addition, higher levels of adiponectin have been shown to control the metabolic derangements that may result in type 2 diabetes, obesity, atherosclerosis, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and metabolic syndrome. You would have to ingest 90 pounds of raspberries to get the benefit of just 100 mg of raspberry ketones.  Raspberry Ketone nutritional supplements help fight diabetes, obesity and many other obesity related health conditions.

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2. 5-HTP

Lets face it Americans are busy.  No wonder stress related conditions like headaches, insomnia and depression are more and more common.  When you are under a lot of stress your body’s serotonin levels are low.  Serotonin helps with sleep and puts you in  a positive mood.  5-HTP can help increase serotonin naturally.  A plant extract and amino acid, 5-HTP helps increase your body’s own serotonin levels which play a key role in controlling appetite and enhancing mood. The end result: the positive attitude needed to help you maintain a positive, healthy outlook, sleep better and keep your diet goals.

3. Acai Berry

Acai is a super fruit from the Amazon Rainforest where it has been consumed as a food and juice for many years. Acai is a very popular dietary supplement that is considered one of the best superfoods on the market. Besides its incredible antioxidant activity, the Acai berry promotes weightloss, has anti-aging properties, and decreases stress in one’s life. While the Acai capsule is an effective form of the fruit, the Acai juice is much more beneficial. The juice is more potent than the capsules, and when the juice is dehydrated and encapsulated, the effects of the berry are not as incredible as they would be in the juice form.

4. CoQ10

Taking a Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) supplement has many different health benefits. It has been known to help  maintain a healthy cardiovascular system. There is evidence of CoQ10 deficiency in heart failure. CoQ10 is also being investigated as a treatment for cancer, as relief from cancer treatment side-effects and helps relive migraine headaches.

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5. Green Coffee Bean Extract

Studies have shown that the combination of chlorogenic acid and caffeine are very effective for weight loss. And even though chlorogenic acid is a natural phytochemical found in a wide variety of plants, it exists in a very high concentration in green coffee beans, providing an excellent, natural source of both caffeine and chlorogenic acid.

Green coffee beans have been shown to restrict fat absorption and stimulate the activation of fat metabolism in the liver, both of which can lead to weight reduction and fat loss. The included chlorogenic acid has been found to inhibit the release of glucose into the blood, particularly after meals, and appears to help people lose weight as a result.

The combined benefits of weight loss, cardiovascular health, healthy blood-sugar levels and overall disease prevention due to the high levels of antioxidants in green coffee beans all work simultaneously to support better health. And there have been no harmful side effects noted with green coffee bean extract.

Nutritional supplements should be taken along with a healthy diet and exercise program.  If you have concerns about taking a vitamin or supplement make sure you discuss your concerns with your doctor first.

Cascia Talbert is a busy blogger, publisher, freelance writer, online merchant and mother of five children, living in The Pacific Northwest. With a B.A. in history and law and a passion for writing and staying healthy, she started The Healthy Moms Magazine in 2007. The Healthy Moms Magazine is currently ranked the top health blog for moms and features several health expert writers and mom bloggers. Ms. Talbert believes that if mothers are well educated on health issues and how to stay healthy, they can pass that information down to their children and reverse the childhood obesity statistics in the U.S.

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Ms. Talbert is a featured health blogger at and her articles can also be found on She also runs the Healthy Moms Social Network on Ning, is the Chief Marketing Officer for Talbert Nutrition LLC,  and is on the Social Media Advisory Board for America’s Wellness Challenge

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  • Mary Wagner , June 5, 2012

    I guess the best way out to lose weight is a natural way. It is all great there are lots of supplements that can favour to lose your weight. Although you tell they are quite natural and nutritional I adhere more traditional ways of fat loss. Regular exercises, well-balanced diet and enough sleep are best methods to acheive your goal.

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