I was recently asked which supplements will boost metabolism and aid in weight loss. I feel like I’m wading into murky water on this one. Supplementation is a tricky subject because there are so many products on the market that claim to ‘torch calories’, ‘melt fat’ and ‘rev up your metabolism’ it’s incredibly hard to separate fact from fiction.
Most of these claims are exaggerated or downright false. If there was a miracle pill that could give us energy, increase our metabolism, and keep us at our ideal weight, most of us would be taking it.
Still, there are some supplements that may help you with energy metabolism, increased exercise endurance and a boost to your immune system which are all important when you’re trying to stick to a healthy lifestyle. These supplements won’t actually torch calories, but they may very well enhance your mood or give you the energy to do that extra 15 minutes on the treadmill which is what most of us are looking for.
Four Supplements That Can Give You The Boost You Need
Vitamin B 12 – Vitamin B 12 and the other B vitamins are some of the most controversial in the discussion on whether or not supplementation will provide energy and boost metabolism. B vitamins have been promoted for years as energy boosters that will increase energy and reduce fatigue. I remember as a child when my mother would get tired she would go to the doctor to get her B12 shot. They did indeed seem to help her because she had a B12 deficit.
The problem is there is no clear scientific evidence to support the claims that suggest that B12 can help anyone feel more energetic except those that are B12 deficient.
The primary function of vitamin B12 is to support nerve and energy functions. It is a critical vitamin that helps to form myelin, a fatty cover that insulates your nerves, and helps produce energy from fat and proteins. It also aids in the production of hemoglobin which is a component of the red blood cells that carry oxygen to the body. Vitamin B12 regulates the growth, maintenance and reproduction of each and every cell.