9 Editor-Loved Supplements to Level Up Your Wellness Game in 2023
It's no secret that the wellness industry is booming right now, evidenced by the sheer volume of supplements lining the shelves at local drugstores. With tons to choose from, and TikTokers telling us what to buy, it can be overwhelming, to say the very least. There are ashwagandha capsules to help you unwind, gummies that look and taste like peach rings claiming to help with digestion, and green powders that purportedly quell bloating. Where to turn? Let's start with the basics.
As a reminder, a supplement is — as its name implies — meant to supplement nutrient gaps in your diet, not to replace food, health writer and dietitian Johna Burdeos, RD, tells POPSUGAR. That said, she advises you speak with your doctor if you think you have a deficiency. They'll be able to expertly recommend your ideal match, considering your health conditions and medications. Likewise, dietitian Taelor Guzmán, RDN, recommends preparing for your conversation with your chosen healthcare professional "by coming up with a list of primary concerns and a run-through of your activity and nutrition patterns."
We've compiled nine of the best supplements that our editors have tried and noticed benefits from, including options to help with sleep, digestion, skin health, and more. We've also included insight from Guzmán and fellow dietitians Mackenzie Burgess, RDN and Patrice Amore, RD, LDN for expert insight into each formula. Remember: supplements aren't one size fits all, so be sure to speak with your doctor if you think you could benefit from one of them.
See what ones they tried ahead, or feel free to skip to the category you're most interested in below:
Best General Well-Being Supplements: Nourished Personalized 3D-Printed Vitamins
Nourished's personalized 3D-printed vitamins ($70) are comprised of seven layers of vitamins and nutrients. What makes them stand out from the pack is that they're custom-made for your specific needs. You take a quick quiz about your health and lifestyle, then the brand reveals what your custom stack will include. You even get to choose what flavor you want your gummies to be (flavorless is also an option) and between sweet and sour. Burgess likes how you can review all the functional ingredients Nourished uses in its multivitamins to learn more about them, including research to support their potential health benefits. Learn more via our former associate fitness editor's review of Nourished's personalized vitamins.
Editor Quote: "I feel like my energy level is sustained throughout the day, my muscles are happily cramp-free, my joints don't ache, and I don't feel nauseated if I take Nourished on an empty stomach." — Angelica Wilson, former associate fitness editor
Best Digestion Supplements: Arrae Bloat Supplements
Arrae Bloat supplements ($48) are made of five herbs and a fruit-based digestive enzyme that, the brand says, all quell your bloating. "The brand highlights a clinical study they've carried out that touts reduction in bloating," says Burgess. She warns that the study was an open-label study, "meaning both researchers and participants are aware of the supplement being tested, which could potentially provide more bias to the results." Nonetheless, hundreds of shoppers say they work tremendously to help reduce bloating after meals. For more, read our complete review of Arrae Bloat supplements.
Editor Quote: "These pills actually work, and they're also a game changer when traveling. I take two generally, and three if I'm really feeling uncomfortable, and I love knowing that I can enjoy any food I like, and if for some reason I end up uncomfortable, I have a secret weapon." — India Yaffe, associate commerce editor
Best Digestion Supplements: Seed DS-01 Daily Synbiotics
The Seed DS-01 Daily Synbiotic ($50) is a two-in-one capsule-in-capsule probiotic and prebiotic formulated to support your gut health, along with your gut-barrier integrity, cardiovascular health, and skin health. The pretty-packaged formula is powered by 24 scientifically studied probiotic strains and a prebiotic. Burgess likes how the brand has a reference library full of details about the product, which cites studies about its individual strains as well as clinical trials. Read our complete review of Seed DS-01 Daily Synbiotics.
Editor Quote: "After four days, I no longer felt nauseous, and I was pooping every morning will little effort. (Normally, it takes a minute for me to push everything out.) Week two saw me pooping up to three times a day, everyday. I didn't feel dehydrated from pooping several times a day, like I do when I have diarrhea. I also noticed less bloating after meals. Throughout the remainder of my Seed Synbiotic trial, my regular poops continued with ease." — Angelica Wilson, former associate fitness editor
Best Digestion Supplements: Supergut The Gut Balancing Fiber Mix
Supergut's The Gut Balancing Fiber Mix ($59) is an unflavored powder that's meant to be mixed into your daily coffee, oatmeal, smoothie — you name it. Each bag comes with 28 single-serve packets containing eight grams of fiber each. Guzmán tells POPSUGAR that "fiber has been shown to support healthy cholesterol levels and protect against chronic disease."
As a reminder, "food sources of fiber include whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and legumes," she says. "If incorporating more of these foods into your diet isn't feasible, this supplement can provide close to one-third of the daily fiber recommendation from a variety of food sources." To learn more, check out our former associate editor's review of Supergut's The Gut Balancing Fiber Mix (formerly called the Muniq Empowerfull Prebiotic Fiber Blend).
Editor Quote: "Usually, I'm the type of person who gets the 3 p.m. tummy rumbles, but no grumbles were heard that day. I felt full until dinner time, which was around 9 p.m. I even ended up having an evening poop before my evening shower. (I'm usually a morning/midmorning pooper.) So it's safe to say Muniq Empowerfull Prebiotic Fiber Blend definitely did its job that day." — Angelica Wilson, former associate fitness editor
Best Sleep Supplements: Highline Wellness CBD Night Gummies
Highline Wellness CBD Night Gummies ($42) contain melatonin — a hormone your body naturally produces — and hemp-derived CBD to calm your mind and help you fall asleep. Just "be sure not to take more than the recommended dosage," says Burgess. "This supplement provides five milligrams, which is generally at the maximum recommended dose of one to five milligrams of melatonin." (Taking too much might mess with your sleep-wake cycle.) One of our contributing editors — along with hundreds of reviewers — loves them and says they taste really good, too. For more, check out our complete review of Highline Wellness CBD Night Gummies.
Editor Quote: "I don't take these gummies every night, but I do take them when I slip into bed feeling wide awake. After taking one containing 10 mg of hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD), they make me feel noticeably tired within a half-hour. When I wake up in the morning, I feel well-rested, not groggy." — Marisa Petrarca, contributing commerce editor
Best Sleep Supplements: Hilma Sleep Support Capsules
Instead of utilizing melatonin, a popular hormone that regulates your sleep-wake cycle, Hilma Sleep Support capsules ($20) contain magnesium glycinate plus three herbal ingredients: L-theanine, reishi mushroom, and passionflower. Burgess dubs magnesium this product's star ingredient but admits that "research is still somewhat conflicting as to whether magnesium truly helps with sleep quality." The brand claims that magnesium glycinate helps regulate your circadian rhythm, L-theanine reduces the time it takes to fall asleep, and reishi and passionflower promote longer sleep. Likewise, many shoppers — including a former POPSUGAR editor — claim the capsules improve their sleep. The brand recommends taking two of them 30 minutes to an hour before hitting the sheets. Check out our complete review of the Hilma Sleep Support capsules.
Editor Quote: "I decided to try Sleep Support on a Monday night. I took two capsules (as directed) about 30 minutes before I went to bed. The sleep aid knocked me out FAST. I woke up to my morning alarm not feeling groggy or shocked out of a deep sleep. I even slept for six-and-a-half hours (my average is five). Best of all, I slept through the night without sleep paralysis at any point." — Angelica Wilson, former associate fitness editor
Best Sleep Supplements: Uleva Sleep Supplements
If you prefer capsules to gummies but like the idea of combining CBD and melatonin, the Uleva Sleep supplements ($20) are a good alternative. There's preliminary research that suggests CBD may help with sleep disturbances in people with anxiety, for example, but there's not a ton of literature out there to support it yet — just lots of people who swear it works. These capsules, in particular, contain 10 milligrams of cannabinoids and three milligrams of melatonin, and the brand recommends taking one as needed. Read about a POPSUGAR contributor's experience taking them by checking out our full review of Uleva Sleep supplements.
Editor Quote: "Call it magic, but after drifting off to dreamland within 30 minutes or so of closing my eyes, I slept all the way through the night, nightmare- and anxiety-free. No midnight wake-ups, no groggy morning after. So if you find yourself searching the pasture for sheep to count, a CBD-melatonin combination may be just what you need to complete your restful nighttime routine." — Avery Bredesen, contributor
Best Skin Supplements: Sourse Glow Bites
Sourse Glow Bites ($34) are a sweet treat and a supplement in one. The dark-chocolate bites contain Ceramosides, which are a "type of ceramide derived from wheat," says Burgess. The brand claims that you can expect your skin to look plumper in just two weeks. "There may be some research showing improved skin hydration and elasticity after taking Ceramosides, but these are only from two studies on 80 people, so more research needs to be conducted to confirm these claims," she says. It's no surprise that the candy-like bites have fans, though. Among them? Our former associate fitness editor. Check out her complete review of Sourse Glow Bites.
Editor Quote: "I definitely noticed that my skin looked more plump and lifted after I'd taken Glow Bites every morning for two weeks. (Usually, my face droops a little bit if I don't take collagen, so there was definitely a difference.)" — Angelica Wilson, former associate fitness editor
Best Workout Supplements: Chargel Gel Drink
The Chargel Gel Drink ($21) will help you get through your next hearty sweat sesh. Each pouch contains 45 grams of carbs to "provide ample energy for high-intensity workouts," says Amore. She notes it's most useful if it's been a few hours since you've last eaten; otherwise, the fuel from your last meal is likely enough. For details about our former associate editor's experience taking it, read our review of the Chargel Gel Drink.
Editor Quote: "I'll definitely be reaching for Chargel more often in the future. . . . I still have a strong love for a cup (or three) of joe, but this is a subtly sweet boost I'll definitely add to my caffeine-free days or before a workout." — Angelica Wilson, former associate fitness editor