Feeling tired all the time is, sadly, quite common in this day in age, and the reasons why are often quite difficult to pin down. Let us point you in the right direction, here at Holland & Barrett, and try to get you feeling more energised.
If you lead an active lifestyle, or you just need an energy boost, both Vitamin B12 and Iron can help reduce feelings of tiredness and fatigue. Or if you need to sustain your mental alertness and concentration, Ginseng can support your mental wellbeing.
One of the most popular and effective treatments for fatigue is ensuring your diet is packed full of vitamins and minerals or taking supplements for tiredness. Here is a list of some of the most important:
B vitamins are essential for the body to metabolise nutrients and produce energy, and to reduce tiredness and fatigue. Some of the most important ones to make sure you include in your diet are:
- Folate (vitamin B9 or folic acid)
- Niacin (vitamin B3)
- Riboflavin (vitamin B2)
- Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5)
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin B12
B12 for vegans and vegetarians is important, because the main sources of B12 come from meat and dairy, so a B12 supplement could be worth thinking about.
These vitamins contribute to the body’s normal energy yielding metabolism and can help to reduce feelings of tiredness and fatigue.
You can get most B vitamins through your diet with foods like wholegrains, meat, fish, eggs, dairy products, legumes, seeds and nuts, dark and leafy green vegetables, and fruits.
If you want to make sure you get all the Bs in, a B Vitamin Complex could be useful.
Getting enough iron is particularly important when it comes to reducing tiredness and fatigue. When you go to visit your GP and are anaemic, the first thing the doctor will probably ask you is if you eat red meat, and if you’re vegetarian or vegan, this answer is inevitably ‘no’. To keep iron levels healthy, it’s often recommended that vegetarians and vegans must be eating plenty of green leafy vegetables or taking a supplement like Holland & Barrett Gentle Iron Capsules.