Healthy living: my favorite supplements

Gabrielle Koster

As you might or might not know, I eat plant based. That entails that I don’t eat any animal products, no milk, no eggs, no meat… The biggest misconception about this way of eating is that you’re bound to have shortages. Not enough protein, not enough vitamin B12 etc.

Let me ask you: how many people do you know with a protein shortage? It barely happens that someone, in our modern world, gets a protein deficiency. That’s because, if you eat enough vegetables, you will get your daily dose of protein. Vitamin B12 gets produced in the intestines. So if you have a clean and good working gut, your vitamin B12-levels will probably be alright. I get my blood tested every now and then, to make sure I’m healthy. I recently had it checked again, and it’s perfectly fine. That doesn’t mean I don’t use any supplements. I’ll tell you more about what I use.

Vitamin D

When it gets darker in the winter time, I take vitamin D to keep my levels up. Did you know: 10 minutes of sunshine a day on your bare skin will give you enough vitamin D?

Spirulina or Chlorella

These algae are known as super cleaners. They are rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, carotenoids and antioxidants that can help protect cells from damage. I get my Spirulina here.

Algae Oil

You may have heard about fish oil. Did you know: fish get their Omega-3’s and -6’s from the algae they eat? So instead of eating the fish, eat the source: the algae. Omega 3 and 6 are good for your brain and are the good types of fat.


Selenium is an important mineral that can be found in brazil nuts and silvery rice. Since the harvest of brazil nuts this year failed, I take selenium in a supplement.


I recently found out about Ashwaganda after testing my cortisol and DHEA hormone values. My DHEA (anti stress hormone, also known as the Forever Young hormone) could be a bit higher, so I’m taking Ashwaganda. It also works as an antioxidant and boosts your immunal system.


Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve been having an on-off iron deficiency. So I test my blood every now and then and take iron supplements if necessary.


From time to time I take magnesium. Especially in stressful periods, since your body uses more magnesium then.

Important to know: the first ingredient on the package of the supplements is the ingredient that’s most present in the bottle. If it’s the last name on the ingredient list: don’t buy it. Try to find the supplements with as little preservatives as possible. Also: try to avoid gelatin, that’s made of pig bone. Don’t take supplements 365 days a year, try to have breaks where you’re not taking any supplements.

Good to know: taking supplements isn’t always completely harmless. You can harm your body. So be careful with what you take and ask your GP for advice.

Always check with your GP if the supplements you are taking are okay with any conditions you have or medications you take.