Dr Sarah Brewer March 01, 2019

Many conditions are helped by several different supplements, but some work better together than others. These 'perfect partners' have complementary actions that produce a better result than when either supplement is used alone.

Super Strength Vitamin D3 with Magnesium

Vitamin D is best known for aiding calcium absorption, but did you know that magnesium and vitamin D work together to regulate calcium movements and increase bone mineral density? Both magnesium and vitamin D have beneficial effects on the circulation, too. Magnesium helps to lower blood pressure by promoting blood vessel dilation, while vitamin D helps to reduce the amount of calcium that accumulates in artery walls as well as improving blood pressure control.

Both supplements also have beneficial effects on immunity and good intakes have protective effects against asthma.

How to take them

Vitamin D and magnesium can be taken together at any time of day. Taking magnesium at night can help to promote relaxation and a good night's sleep (as well as a healthy bowel movement in the morning).

Other perfect partners

As well as this perfect pair, other complementary products include vitamin K2 (which like vitamin D helps to prevent calcium deposition in bones rather than arteries) and B vitamins which work together with magnesium to support the nervous system and energy levels.

Opti-Turmeric with ChondroMax

Both ChondroMax and Opti-Turmeric are popular options for maintaining healthy, pain-free joints. ChondroMax provides glucosamine hydrochloride plus chondroitin, two ingredients which provide building blocks for making cartilage and joint synovial oil. They also act as biological signals to switch on joint repair and suppress inflammation.

This anti-inflammatory action is complemented by turmeric, the golden spice, whose powerful antioxidant, curcumin, helps to reduce joint pain and stiffness. Researchers have found that, in people with knee osteoarthritis, turmeric is as effective as ibuprofen in reducing pain, but with less abdominal discomfort or other side effects.1

How to take them

These supplements can be taken together, with water, in the morning or evening – whichever is most convenient for you. For optimal absorption, take them with meals.

Other perfect partners

Turmeric is often combined with vitamin C and with Boswellia (frankincense) for their beneficial effects in reducing inflammation.

Plant Sterols with Super Strength Omega 3

If your doctor tells you that your cholesterol level is raised, Plant sterols and omega-3 supplements are worth considering. Plant sterols are natural plant substances that block the absorption of cholesterol within the intestines, without being significantly absorbed themselves. A sterol-rich diet can lower levels of harmful LDL-cholesterol by up to 15%2, to significantly reduce the risk of experiencing a heart attack or stroke. Plant sterols can also be more effective than increasing a statin dose, and can help to avoid the associated side effects.3

Long-chain omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil also have beneficial effects on blood fat balance and are even prescribed medically to lower a raised level of triglycerides – a type of fat which is sometimes raised alongside cholesterol.

How to take them

Plant sterols are best taken with meals to block the absorption of cholesterol. This is also an ideal time to take omega-3 supplements to aid their absorption.

Other Perfect Partners

Ubiquinol or coenzyme Q10 is needed for energy production in cells, especially heart muscle cells, and is a popular choice to help maintain a healthy circulation. Ubiquinol is also used to help reduce statin side effects such as muscle aches, weakness and fatigue.

Nothing beats a healthy, balanced diet to provide all the nutrients we need. But when this isn't possible, supplements can help. This article isn't intended to replace medical advice. Please consult your healthcare professional before trying supplements or herbal medicines.

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