15 Trendy Dietary Supplements That Really Work

These Trendy Supplements Actually Work
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If 2020 wreaked havoc on your physical or mental health, you’re not alone. Maybe you personally wrestled with coronavirus, or just suffered from a lack of sunshine. Maybe your mental health took a dive due to isolation, or maybe your energy is flagging because you’re not going to the gym as often. Whatever your woes, it may be time to give your vitamin-supplement regimen a second look.

We’ve assembled a tight list of 20 nutritional supplements that, according to respected researchers and scientific studies, actually work, including B12, turmeric and even a concoction that will make your brain perform better. To be clear, a doctor should determine whether each of these is right for you or not, but we have noted what each supplement has been proven to do, and, where appropriate, what it doesn’t do.

Self-care is a big deal here at The Doctors. Talk to your own doctor, and see if any of these might give you a boost.

Worried about colds and flu? Try Elderberry

Worried about colds and flu? Try Elderberry

If you’ve still managed to contract a cold or a flu in the past year (despite quarantining and masking up) then you may want to consider an elderberry supplement. Elderberry has a long history of use in shortening the duration of a cold and sometimes even the flu. One major study indicates that sambucol, which is extracted from elderberry, can stimulate the immune system.
Nature's Truth Elderberry Capsules
$9

Get your (women's) essentials on with Ritual multivitamins

Get your (women's) essentials on with Ritual multivitamins

Buzzy daily supplements from Ritual have a lot of influencers talking. If you want to take care of several deficiencies at once -- specifically those pesky Omega-3s and vitamin D -- this may be the solution for you. This women-focused multivitamin mix is also packed with magnesium, iron (for red blood cell formation) and boron (for bone health). It’s vegan-friendly, and it comes via monthly subscription, so you can order it and forget it.
Ritual Essential for Women 18+
$30 PER MONTH

Fight inflammation... and bad cholesterol with turmeric

Fight inflammation... and bad cholesterol with turmeric

Take it from The Doctors themselves: This exotic yellow spice does more than just lend flavor to rice and fish. According to research, turmeric -- which contains curcumin -- can help to reduce swelling in the body and also lower cholesterol levels. One study showed that daily use of the supplement can cut cholesterol by 11 percent. (Dr. Stork has specifically endorsed Qunol’s brand of the complex.)  
Qunol Turmeric
$31 $28

Get your energy back with B12

Get your energy back with B12

If you’re a vegetarian, are being treated for certain autoimmune diseases or have migraines, you may want to talk to your doctor about a B12 supplement. This essential vitamin can help muscle performance and energy levels, too. People undergoing treatment for heartburn may also find themselves in need of extra B12. This essential vitamin is largely found in diets containing some meat, so if you’re a vegetarian, this supplement may be the way to go.
Nature Made Vitamin B12
$9

Too much stress? Try magnesium

Too much stress? Try magnesium

Migraine sufferers, as well as people who have sleep-related disorders such as restless leg syndrome, probably already know all about the benefits of a daily magnesium supplement. It’s also credited with being a stress-buster… and who doesn’t need that?
Nature's Bounty Magnesium
$11 $9

Fight aging from the inside out with CoQ10

Fight aging from the inside out with CoQ10

We already know how great coenzyme Q10 can be for topical anti-aging products. But this complex also fights aging from the inside out. Another great option for migraine patients, coenzyme Q10 also promotes overall cell growth and maintenance. Studies have linked it to improvements in patients with heart conditions, Parkinson’s disease and muscle weakness, too.
Nature Made CoQ10 Softgels
$41 $31

Get better sleep with melatonin

Get better sleep with melatonin

So it’s sleep you crave? Say night-night with the occasional help from melatonin, which is recommended for those times when jet lag just won’t let you get a night’s rest. But do talk to your doctor if your sleep problem is lasting more than a night or two -- you may have a condition that requires a professional.
Nature's Bounty Melatonin (3 mg)
$11 $8

Boost your brainpower with Alpha Brain

Boost your brainpower with Alpha Brain

If you’ve heard podcast host Joe Rogan rave about Alpha Brain, the nootropic mix that supposedly boosts your brain, well, here’s what you should know: It just might work. If you’re not familiar with nootropics, here’s what you should know: They’re basically supplements or drugs aimed at bettering brain function. Think memory, speech, word choice and public speaking. When it comes to Alpha Brain, the research is promising. A double-blind study of 63 people indicated that “significantly improved on tasks of delayed verbal recall and executive functioning.”  
Onnit Alpha Brain, Lemon
$60

Look after dry eyes with Omega 3s

Look after dry eyes with Omega 3s

Your general practitioner may or may not have any need to recommend Omega-3 fish oil supplements to you… but talk to your eye doctor. If you have dry eyes or other eye problems, this stuff may be just the ticket. Add these oral supplements to your routine;  the better supplements don’t come with that nasty “fish burp” experience. Some optometrists specifically recommend the Carlson brand for its high standards of quality.
Carlson Elite Omega 3 Softgels
$28

Give your heart extra love with red yeast rice

Give your heart extra love with red yeast rice

Yep, red yeast rice is trendy, and here’s why: If you have high cholesterol, this solution can work like a statin in ideal circumstances -- a natural cholesterol reducer. Talk to your doctor to see if it’s a good fit.
Natural Nutra Red Yeast Rice Capsule
$25

Soothe aching joints with collagen

Soothe aching joints with collagen

You may have seen collagen powder recommended as a smoothie ingredient. Here’s why: Some studies show that routine ingestion of a collagen supplement (think months, not weeks) can help your skin look younger and fight other signs of aging. Other studies suggest a link between collagen and improvements in knee, joint and back health.
Vital Protein Collagen Peptide
$27 $25

Get your greens with superfood powder

Get your greens with superfood powder

So here’s the bad news: There is no substitute for a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, and that includes green vegetables. But if you’re a very busy person, or a very tired person, or a person who’s always traveling and you can’t always be bothered to source fresh kale, spinach or arugula, talk to your doctor about a greens powder supplement. It goes great in a smoothie.
Garden of Life Perfect Food Energizer
$30

Fight saggy skin with selenium

Fight saggy skin with selenium

Worried about the signs of aging? Is your skin looking a little… old? Selenium has been known to help. If you don’t happen to have any Brazil nuts on hand -- they’re full o’ selenium -- try a supplement instead. For men, it can also help with fertility.
Selenium Capsules
$15

Give your stomach comfort with probiotics

Give your stomach comfort with probiotics

Your body is usually pretty good at making its own healthy digestive-tract bacteria. But irritated tummies (think IBD, IBS, or stomachs who have had a recent run-in with an antibiotic) may need help getting back on track. That’s where a probiotic comes in. If you’re having trouble getting probiotics from certain foods then talk to your doctor about a supplement. Some pharmacists recommend Culturelle’s probiotics, citing their effectiveness.  
Culturelle Probiotics Capsules
$31 $17

Ban those blues with St. John's wort

Ban those blues with St. John's wort

Studies definitely show that a supplement made from St. John's wort can help treat mild to moderate forms of depression, when combined with, of course, the proper attention from a doctor. If you're experiencing discomfort related to menopause, you might also benefit.
St. John's Wort Capsules
$20 $14