Pills won't replace eating right, exercise, or healthy living. But they can give you that little extra nudge that you need leading up to the big day. Want to get your glow on, eradicate stress, or boost energy? Washington D.C.-based dietitian Rebecca Scritchfield says supplements can help with that. Here's the best vitamins and minerals to look out for.
To regulate hormones: Look for a supplement with omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D, Scritchfield says. Research has found omega-3 and omega-6 supplements, such as fish, flaxseed, and evening primrose oils, can alleviate PMS symptoms, too. (Score!) Try Nordic Naturals Arctic Cod Liver Oil, $24.95, or GNC Women's Evening Primrose Oil, $18.99.
To sleep soundly: "Melatonin supports sleep," Scritchfield says. "It can help with jet-lag recovery, so it's great for pre-wedding rest and honeymoon travel." Try Vitafusion SleepWell Melatonin, $7.19, a sugar-free gummy that should be taken 30 minutes prior to sleeping.
To get glowing skin, shiny hair, and strong nails: Biotin has positive effects on skin, hair, and nails — all in one fell swoop! Try Viviscal, $49.99, or Vitafusion Multivites Plus Hair, Skin, and Nails, $11.49, which also contains lutein, an antioxidant that promotes hydration, elasticity, and protects from free radical damage.
To boost energy: "B vitamins are important for energy metabolism, so you'll want to be sure you're getting enough before the big day," Scritchfield says. Try Nature Made Super B Energy Complex, $9.99.
To eradicate stress: St. John's Wort is an herb commonly used to treat depression, anxiety, and stress. "But it interferes with many prescription medications, so check with your doctor first," Scritchfield says. (That's a good rule to follow with any supplement you're thinking of taking!) Try Nature's Way St. John's Wort, $9.99.
To improve digestion: Prebiotic fiber and probiotics are essential for digestive health, Scritchfield says. Probiotics contain healthy bacteria that eliminate the bad bacteria in your gut, and prebiotic fiber, such as fruits and vegetables, are food for probiotics, so eating fiber-rich foods like fruits and vegetables will help them stick around longer. "Ideally, refrigerated probiotic capsules with an 'Arrive Alive' guarantee on the label ensure bacteria will still be kicking when you buy them," she says. Try Phillips Fiber Good Gummies, $16.99, and probiotic supplements, such as VSL #3 The Living Shield, $53.