1. Coconut oil
For health: Rich in healthy saturated fats, coconut oil can give your body an energy boost and even speed up the fat burning process – a reason why it is often consumed in keto diets. As a healthy saturated fat, it increases the level of good cholesterol in the blood, reducing the risk of heart disease. It even has benefits for the brain as it has been found to ward off neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s Disease.
For beauty: The essential fatty acids in coconut oil contribute to overall skin health, making it supple, well hydrated from the inside out and even plumping up and smoothing out fine lines. It also boasts antimicrobial properties, which is said to prevent acne and breakouts.
Try: Cocomomo 100% Cold Pressed Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, $14.90, from https://www.ohcocomomo-coconutoil.com, Some Days At Home and Lazada.
Each single shot of 5ml sachet, the size of a fast food chilli sauce packet, is perfect for bringing on the go to add to your coffee, smoothie, in your salad as a dressing or even as a substitute for butter on toast. How convenient.
2. Amino acids
For health: Amino acids are compounds that when combined, form proteins, essentially making them the building blocks of the body, from skin to muscles, so such supplements are common in sports nutrition. By supporting the body with amino acid supplements during and post exercise, it enables faster recovery, better endurance and the efficient building of lean muscle by boosting protein synthesis.
For beauty: Not surprising, by consuming amino acid supplements, similar to consuming collagen supplements, skin quality can be improved as the skin’s healing and rejuvenation process is facilitated by the availability of amino acids. With a diet rich in amino acids, you may see improvements in skin recovery post-acne, and also better skin quality in terms of texture, smoothness and firmness.
Try: aminoVITAL Gold 4000mg, $49 per box or $2.90 per pouch, from Nishino Pharmacies and online at Superfit.
These made-in-Japan sports nutrition products feature 100 per cent plant based amino acids that give the body and skin the resources it needs to recover, heal and optimise protein synthesis. The brand is a partner of the Singapore Swimming Association and these aminoVITAL products are used by Singapore’s national swimmers.