Best Supplements to Stock
Do you know the Best Supplements to Stock? We never know what emergency could happen, but what we do know is that when something affects a whole community, state, or country, our food supply is affected, and many times reduced. You may be self-sufficient with a garden or a farm, but you may not be able to get all the nutrients you need from what you grow and raise, and that’s why it’s important to also stock supplements.
Disclaimer: I am not a nurse or a doctor! Do not take any supplements without first consulting with your physician.
Best Supplements to Stock
You can’t get all your nutrition from supplements, but they are a great way to help keep your body’s health in balance, especially during trying times. I stock supplements for immune health, nutritional health, and to make sure I am getting everything I need if my nutrition is lacking in some critical area.
Not only are supplements good when the food supply is lacking, but they are a good way to help prevent getting sick, and many of us need additional supplements in our diets anyway. Below is a list of supplements I stock and highly recommend you stock as well.
Disclaimer: I am not a nurse or a doctor! Do not take any supplements without first consulting with your physician.
Balance of Nature Fruit and Vegetable Supplements
Studies show that 9 out of 10 people don’t eat their daily recommended fruits and vegetables. So, the truth is that you probably already need some supplements, but will need them even more if food is scarce.
Fruit and Vegetable Supplements
I use Balance of Nature Fruit and Vegetable supplements which include a whole purpose veggies supplement and whole purpose fruits supplement. As outlined by the manufacturer, six capsules a day contain the equivalent of your daily recommended servings of fruits and vegetables.
These supplements are made with 100% whole food, which includes: Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrot, Cauliflower, Cayenne Pepper, Celery Stalk, Garlic, Kale, Onion, Shiitake Mushroom, SoyBean, Spinach, Sweet Potato, Wheat Grass, Zucchini, Aloe Vera, Apple, Banana, Blueberry, Cherry, Cranberry, Grape, Grapefruit, Lemon, Mango, Orange, Papaya, Pineapple, Raspberry, Strawberry, and Tomato.
It’s hard to believe that the six small capsules contain all those foods, but each item has been powdered after an advanced vacuum-cold process that stabilizes the maximum nutrient content. Note that each food item is 100% whole food with no additive fillers, no synthetics, is non-GMO, and is gluten-free. For those who consider themselves vegan, these supplements will fit into your diet routine.
A diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables can lower blood pressure, reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, and even help prevent some types of cancer. Fruits and veggies help lower the risk of eye and digestive problems and have a positive effect on blood sugar. Stock fruit and vegetable supplements whenever you can. Of course, there are other fruit and vegetable supplements available, but based on my own research, this is the product I chose.
Quercetin is a flavonoid that is an antioxidant. They scavenge particles in the body which are known as free radicals. Free radicals damage cell membranes, tamper with DNA and cause cell death. Quercetin can neutralize free radicals. Here’s why you should stock Plant-Based Quercetin:
- Supports your body’s response to histamines & allergens– This supplement can help ease and control occasional itching, redness, runny nose, and mucous.
- Provides Immune system support– Since Quencetin is an antioxidant, it protects healthy immune cells from damage.
- Strengthens cardiovascular health– Quercetin helps encourage healthy blood flow for normal circulation and blood pressure. The anti-oxidative properties help ease oxidative stress, providing a protective effect on cardiovascular health.
Sleep is an essential function that allows our body to recharge. Healthy sleep helps the body remain healthy and stave off disease. Without enough sleep, your brain cannot function properly. Sometimes it’s hard to sleep due to some pain issues, or you aren’t getting enough sleep because of some stresses you keep thinking about.
Melatonin is a natural hormone that your brain produces in response to darkness that helps the timing of your circadian rhythms and sleep. Lights in your house can block melatonin production, thus a melatonin supplement can achieve that for you and help you get a good night’s sleep. Melatonin
Headaches, fatigue, depression, pale skin, gastrointestinal issues, difficulty concentrating, and muscle cramps can all be a sign that you need more B12 in your diet. B12 is an essential nutrient that is responsible for red blood cell formation, DNA synthesis, and other vital processes.
Studies have shown that 20% of people over the age of 60 in the United States are B12 deficient. The ability to absorb B12 declines with age, so if you are 60 or older, you really should be stocking B12.
Besides helping form red blood cells, B12 converts fat and protein to energy. So, it also helps you not be as tired during the day. B12 Supplements
We are all told to take vitamin C to help fight colds and infections, but vitamin C is also needed to form blood vessels, cartilage, muscle, and collagen in bones. In addition, it’s also vital to your body’s healing processes.
Taking a daily dose of vitamin C can help prevent you from getting sick. If you aren’t getting enough fruits, it’s suggested that you take 500 mg per day. Vitamin C
You get most of your vitamin D from the sun, so if you can’t get out in the sun for at least 10-30 minutes every day, then you probably aren’t getting enough vitamin D. In fact, 43% of the United States population has a vitamin D deficiency and may not even know it. And, you won’t find it in a lot of your foods.
Vitamin D helps to support a healthy brain, heart, teeth, and lungs! Additionally, it helps keep your immune system strong and helps the body regulate insulin levels. Vitamin D-3
Zinc is found all throughout your body. It helps your immune system and metabolism function as they should. Additionally, it is important for wound healing and your sense of taste and smell. If you have a varied diet, you probably get enough zinc from foods like chicken, red meat, and fortified cereals. However, if food is scarce or you can’t get any meat, you may need a Zinc supplement.
A Zinc deficiency can cause hair loss, diarrhea, eye and skin sores, and loss of appetite. Lack of Zinc can also cause weight loss, problems with wound healing, decreased ability to taste food and lower your ability to stay alert. Zinc
Magnesium is typically known as a natural muscle relaxer. It’s an important mineral that plays a role in over 300 enzyme reactions in your body. It helps with muscle and nerve function, regulates blood pressure, and supports your immune system.
Additionally, you need adequate amounts of magnesium in your body to aid in the absorption and metabolism of vitamin D and calcium. Magnesium
Fish oil is the ultimate brain food! It is the fat or oil that’s extracted from fish tissue, and it’s rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are very important for your health. In fact, the World Health Organization recommends eating 1-2 portions of fish per week to get the omega-3 fatty acids your body needs. If you don’t eat 1-2 servings per week, you should consider taking fish oil supplements.
Your body needs omega-3 fatty acids for many functions, from muscle activity to cell growth. Fish Oil is used for a variety of conditions including:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- High triglyceride and cholesterol levels
- Rheumatoid arthritis
If you have children, it’s always a good idea to stock up on a children’s multivitamin. In fact, you should already be giving your child a multivitamin every day if they are between the ages of 6 months to 5-years old. It is recommended that children of those ages receive supplements of vitamin A, C, and D every day to keep your child’s immune system healthy and fortified.
Young children don’t always like to eat the right foods that provide the nutrition they need, and sometimes they don’t want to eat anything at all. Giving them a daily multivitamin supplement will help with many nutritional deficiencies in their diet. Children’s Multivitamin
More on Supplements to Stock
- Why Vitamin D May Be Just What You Need
- Vitamin B12 Everything You Need to Know
- Is Vitamin C Really Good For You
- Vitamin D Deficiency is Common: Start Stocking It
I am not a nurse or a doctor! Do not take any supplements without first consulting with your physician. I stock supplements that I know my body needs. Some supplements have been known to cause an overdose of a particular nutrient. If you are unsure of your nutrition levels and what you may need, be sure to ask your doctor for a test to see if you need any of these supplements. It is my personal feeling that these are some of the best supplements to stock for emergencies. Consult your doctor and also perform some of your own research, we each know our bodies the best. May God bless this world. Linda
16 thoughts on “Best Supplements to Stock”
Good stuff. Years ago there was a long term vitamin storage company. I think they are outta business. I’ll look at my stuff and try to send a pic
Hi Matt, oh I would love a picture, you know that! Linda
Linda, I loved your statement telling people to consult their doctor before using some of these. My youngest bought me a bottle of health store vitamins recently and I didn’t check the ingredients/nutrients before taking. I’m on a blood thinner so limit my vitamin K. My INR was way off…like too thick of blood so could get clots. My care team asked what I had changed in the previous two weeks. Eek, while on the phone with them, I pulled out this vitamin bottle…a lot of vitamin k. Won’t be taking That again. Heck, I know about vitamin k as to how many dark green veggies I can eat. In reading your post, I did notice that one of the supplement ingredients is grapefruit. This is one of only a few fruits that interacts badly with a lot of meds, including mine. Frankly, I have better info given to me by my pharmacist than my doctor.
Hi Wendy, great comment, my friend! Wow, this is why we must read the fine print for sure. I’m on high cholesterol medicine, and I can’t have grapefruit. That Vitamin K story everyone needs to read! Thanks for sharing! I agree with you on information from the pharmacist over the doctor. Boy, is this ever true. Linda
While I take both fish oil and Vitamin D-3 regularly, I also stock adult multivitamins for a more serious event. Liquid medicines aren’t known for lasting long past their expiration date, but solid pills are normally good for a few years (if not more) post expiration.
And I have lots of Vitamin C just in case as well, both in pill and powder form. 500mg pills are great for treating some diseases, notably including scurvy, but to simply prevent scurvy only requires 10mg to 15mg daily. Folks who have citrus trees around them are in great shape, the rest of us need to supplement.
Thanks for these great articles!
Hi DmWalsh, thank you for your kind words. My husband takes a multi-vitamin, thanks for the reminder. Wow, it would be awesome to have citrus trees, I would LOVE that! Linda
I think you know why I would not be able to take the vegetable supplements. Thanks to good old Sweet Potato. I take a slew house of vitamins that a doctor who had been raised by a father who was a holistic doctor in China. She was the sweetest doctor you could want but she went into research for Arthritis and I could not see her anymore. :-(. I could of but the VA we go to is 180 miles away from were we live and we could not afford to go there every week.
Hi Jackie, that’s right, we can only use those items that work for our bodies, that’s for sure. Linda
Excellent reminder to double check for these! I also recommend keeping charcoal on hand. I’m not a doctor, but I take charcoal capsules regularly to balance out acid reflux, heartburn, etc. I’d rather start with a natural remedy before relying pharma! : )
Hi Heather, thanks for the reminder on charcoal, I wrote this post a few years ago. https://www.foodstoragemoms.com/top-10-uses-of-activated-charcoal-for-prepping/ I’m with you on using things that are not pharma! Great comment, Linda
Great article!! And yes, stay stocked up–like someone else noted, I take a slew of vitamins and supplements–and some of them, over the last couple of years, have been hard to get. Quercetin is one–like HCQ, it “helps” zinc get into the cells where it can do good in preventing flu-like viruses (yeah, *that* one).
Regarding the warning to check on drug interactions–I’m partway through a book, “Drug Muggers,” by Suzy Cohen RPh. Specifically it covers common drugs and how they can block or leach nutrients from our bodies, but also goes over what foods and supplements can interfere with necessary medications. Excellent to have on hand, besides checking with your doctor! (An excellent example is aspirin–it actually is scorbutic, which is why it can cause ulcers, bleeding, bruising, etc.–so extra vitamin C is needed.)
Also, good to bear in mind that while multivitamins are useful, there’s only so much that can be put into one pill. An associated fact is that the FDA’s “suggested daily requirements” are actually *way* too low… Just enough to prevent obvious signs of deficiency, but not enough for optimum health. So, I tend to take individual supplements, instead of the multi-vitamins. Vitamin C is a great example–increase your dosage if you’re ill (yep, *that* one again) or are also taking something like the aspirin. In the case of something really serious (like *that* one) 4000-6000 mg is fine–in fact, you can’t hurt yourself with C, so one directive is to take enough (frequent as well as large dosages) to cause a bit of “the runs,” then back off once you know your tolerance. In larger-still intravenous dosages, it has been shown to even help with sepsis!
Hi Rhonda, thank you for your kind words, my friend. I really hesitated writing this one and then I decided to just go for it. We all know our own bodies, more so than even doctors. Yes, I appreciate good doctors, but they only know what we tell them. Thanks for the tips on the ones we need to boost up or cut back on. I need to get that book, I love learning new things, great idea! Linda
Oh, Linda–don’t hesitate, definitely go for it!! (Well-behaved women seldom make history!) ;-D
Hi Rhonda, ooh you are the best!! I have the giggles! Love it! Linda
I started taking Omega 3-6-9 capsules a few months ago and noticed an improvement in memory and less hair in my brush when brushing vigorously. I checked and both are known benefits so it wasn’t just my imagination. I hardly ever get that thing where you forget why you went into another room any more!
Hi Alice, oh wow, that is awesome!! Thanks for sharing!!!!! Linda