Tired seems to be everyone's perpetual state. We're hard workers, and we're constantly plugged in, even when we're supposed to be at home or away on vacation. But there's just always something to do or something to read, and, honestly, 24 hours just doesn't seem like enough time in a day to get everything done.
It's important not to burn out, so we looked into what vitamins out there can help us fight off fatigue and keep our energy up. After a lot of research, this is what we found. Scroll down to see the best vitamins for energy.
1. Coenzyme Q10
According to the Mayo Clinic, coenzyme Q10 is an antioxidant that is involved in energy production. It is known to help improve your heart conditions, migraines, and physical performance. You can find coenzyme Q10 in foods such as meat, fish, and whole grains.
There have been studies that show magnesium helps you feel more energized when you're tired. It is a supplement you can take with your regular diet or find it in foods such as avocado, almond, and spinach.
3. Vitamin B6
This vitamin is important for normal brain development and for making sure the nervous and immune systems are healthy, according to the Mayo Clinic. This vitamin can be found in foods such as fish, poultry, potatoes, chickpeas, and bananas. It can also be taken as a supplement.
4. Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)
All vitamin Bs are pretty much essential for energy; they all break down carbohydrates into fuel. Studies show that this particular form of vitamin B helps with fatigue. You can find this vitamin in foods like almonds, wild rice, and mushrooms.
Omega-3s are important for cell functioning and brain health, not to mention they can be a preventive measure against fatigue. Omega-3s are most commonly found in fish oil, but they're also in vegetable oil and nuts.
According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, "When levels of iron are low, fatigue, weakness, and difficulty maintaining body temperature often result." It can even result in a condition known as iron deficiency anemia. For females aged 19 to 50, the recommended dietary allowance is 18 milligrams. You can find iron in foods such as meat, seafood, poultry, spinach, and beans.
7. Vitamin C
Vitamin C is wildly known to be an immune booster, but it also is reported to reduce fatigue. Just a warning, though, it is possible to have too much of it, especially if you take large doses of vitamin C supplements. According to the Mayo Clinic, it might cause diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, heartburn, and abdominal cramps. For women 19 years old and older, the recommended dietary allowance is 75 milligrams.
8. Vitamin B12
We already talked about the benefits of other vitamin Bs above, but vitamin B12 also has a role in energy levels, especially if you have a vitamin B12 deficiency. According to the Mayo Clinic, vitamin B12 is useful for energy and athletic performance when you have low levels of the vitamin.
This article was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.
This article is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to be used in the place of advice of your physician or other medical professionals. You should always consult with your doctor or healthcare provider first with any health-related questions.
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