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VIVA Vitamins 

A daily dose of supplements aids metabolism, beauty and immunity

click to enlarge Biotin, $9.99 at Walgreens (citywide; - Melatonin, $5.99 at CVS (citywide; - Vitamin C, $5.49 at The Vitamin Shoppe (4935 Magazine St., 

Don't forget your vitamin; it'll make you healthy and strong," Mom would say. Working to take care of yourself is easier as a kid, when there's someone to help and when life isn't hectic. But with a daily multivitamin and a few supplements, staying healthy, strong and pretty doesn't have to be another chore.

  B-complex vitamins contain B-1 (thiamin), B-2 (riboflavin), B-3 (niacin), B-5 (pantothenic acid), B-6 (pyridoxine), B-7 (biotin), B-9 (folic acid) and B-12 (cyanocobalamin) and historically have been known to help boost energy production and metabolism of fat, sugar and protein, per the International Journal of Food Sciences & Nutrition. Since B-vitamins are water soluble, meaning the body is consistently flushing them, a B-complex supplement is an ideal way to replenish them. Other supplements which can help enhance metabolism and increase energy levels are cinnamon, as reported in Diabetic Medicine, coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), according to Alternative Medicine Alert, and alpha lipoic acid, as reported in MMRC Health Educator Reports.

  MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) and biotin are known for increasing skin clarity and hair and nail strength and length according to myriad sources, including Total Health and Better Nutrition. There are some supplements specifically geared toward growing longer hair and nails, but be sure to compare prices and labels, because these pricier supplements sometimes offer the same amount of nutrition as cheaper multivitamins.

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  Women who can't afford a sick day can increase their immunity or take something to feel better once sickness hits. According to the Complete Guide to Prescription & Nonprescription Drugs 2012, vitamins C and E, zinc, echinacea and acai can help increase immunity and overall strength in terms of circulation, joint and muscle health. As listed in the Peterson Field Guide to Western Medicinal Plants & Herbs, valerian root promotes sleep, black cohosh eases premenstrual and menopausal symptoms, St. John's wort relieves stress and ginger root reduces nausea.


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