If you’re looking at a list of supplements and wondering which might be helpful to take in preparation for your wedding day—but are feeling overwhelmed by the sheer volume of options—worry no longer! Here’s a small list of some basic vitamin supplements that will benefit your health and appearance as your big day gets closer.
Please keep in mind that all of these supplements are just suggestions and you should always consult with your doctor before making any changes or adjustments to your supplement intake—especially because some can have side effects or interact with other medications.
If your wedding day is approaching and you’re finding yourself feeling a little under the weather, you may look into taking a elderberry supplement. Often taken in syrup form (although it does exist in capsules as well), this plant-based supplement is usually used to naturally ease cold and flu symptoms such as headaches, sore throats, coughs, and fevers. It also can be used to boost your immune system, so if you wake up feeling a bit sniffly, that’s the perfect time to bust this out and give it a try!
The first supplement that’s an awesome option to take before your big day is biotin. Biotin is a vitamin that aids your body in converting food into energy. Because of this, it helps support your metabolism, which is great if you’re tying to drop a few pounds before your wedding day. But biotin’s most noted use is for hair and nail growth. Many people report that biotin helps their hair grow faster and stronger, and even with increased shine. People with brittle or weak nails have also noted a difference in nail strength when taking biotin.
Echinacea is one of the most popular supplements for immunity support in the United States. Although the results of its use have been varied, it’s thought to help boost immunity and prevent the common cold, so this is another great option to take if you’re starting to feel a cold coming on and hope to get it under control before your wedding day.
4. Vitamin C
Vitamin C is an extremely important vitamin for the body. It does many things, including supporting collagen production, potentially protecting cells from UV damage, and is even good for your bone health. It’s also regarded in higher doses to decrease the duration of cold symptoms by up to 24 hours! Vitamin C can be found in many foods, of course, and it’s best to get it into your system that way, but it can also be taken in chewable tablet or pill form for an added boost. Too much Vitamin C can be harmful to your body, however, so make sure you don’t go overboard and, when in doubt, consult your doctor for personalized dosage recommendations.
If you have trouble sleeping before your wedding, introducing a natural supplement like melatonin into your routine might help get you more on track in all the pre-wedding excitement. Melatonin is a hormone that occurs naturally in your body, but can also be taken in pill or liquid form to help aid in both falling asleep and in staying asleep. It’s also a great idea to have melatonin on hand if you’re having a destination wedding, as people also often use it to prevent jet lag from long flights.
6. Fish Oil
Fish oil is known to be extremely useful to the body; it’s used for everything from lowering blood pressure and cholesterol to helping with disorders such as depression and other mental health concerns. And while all of those are wonderful and reason enough to add this supplement to your regime, as far as preparing for your wedding, it can be fantastic for your skin health!
Depending on the type and brand, multivitamins can provide a variety of benefits for you before the big day. Since they are meant to be used to supplement a healthy diet and lifestyle, you should be sure not to use them as a “quick fix” to proper nutrition, but as a helpful addition to your daily regime. Multivitamins often contain ingredients that are good for heart and other organ health, boosting your immune system, and even reducing the effects of stress and anxiety. A multivitamin is also a great catch-all option if you’re not sure what specific supplements to take or where to start with a supplement regime.
As always, be sure to communicate with your doctor about what vitamins and dietary supplements would be best for you to consume.