Back-To-School Supplements For Students Of All Ages

Written by Angie Arriesgado
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A good education is one of the best gifts parents can give to their kids. Whether you’re a parent with an under-18 child or you’re an 18+ student in college or university, we’ve got the best supplements for you! These products may help improve brain function and boost energy, immunity, and overall health.

Note: Please speak with your child’s pediatrician or your primary care physician before using any supplements. The dosage/serving size and frequency may need to be adjusted based on age.

That being said, here are the 5 categories of dietary supplements that may help students of all ages reach their true potential!

1) Best supplements that may help students focus and concentrate at school

Brain boosting supplements are called nootropics. They are known to help improve cognitive function and problem-solving skills. They may therefore help students needing the extra mental power to finish challenging tasks, including those hoping to ace exams and job interviews.

Here at Intelligent Labs, we have formulated stimulant-free nootropics that are perfect for students who are 18+. These are Phosphatidylserine (single ingredient), Lion’s Mane (single ingredient), and Seneca Nootropic Complex (nootropic stack with 18 ingredients).

Additionally, our Ultra Pure Omega-3 fish oil capsules is great for younger students. Omega-3 may not be known as a typical nootropic, but studies show this supplement is a natural brain booster. For instance, one study showed that children aged 7-9 who supplemented with Omega-3 improved their verbal learning ability and memory! 

Also, the Omega-3 fatty acids known as DHA and EPA are naturally found in the brain and are involved in various brain functions, including cognitive enhancements. In fact, kids and adults alike who have ADHD may benefit from supplementing with high-quality Omega 3.

Here’s a table comparing the best natural nootropic supplements for students:

SupplementSuggested for:Why choose this product
Phosphatidylserine
Intelligent Labs Phosphatidylserine 100mg supplement
*Beginners

*Students 18+
+ Found naturally in the brain

+ Soy-free and non-allergenic

+ Stimulant-free
Lion’s Mane
*Beginners

*Students 18+
+ Extracted from fruiting bodies (not the mycelium)

+ Standardized to 25% beta-glucans

+ Stimulant-free
Seneca Nootropic Complex
*Experienced nootropic users

*Students 18+
+ Nootropic stack of 18 ingredients

+ Holistic formula that may help with mental clarity and energy improvement

+ Stimulant-free
Omega-3
*Beginners

*All ages
+ 2,250mg of natural triglyceride fish oil (not the cheap ethyl ester form)

+ Clinically recognized 3:2 EPA:DHA ratio (1,224mg EPA / 816mg DHA)

+ No fishy taste

2) Best sleep aid supplements for students

It’s hard to stay focused in class and absorb new knowledge when all you want to do is crawl back into bed and sleep. But, unfortunately, school is a juggling act. Classes, assignments, exams, and other extracurricular activities can affect sleep quality. Also, the older you get, the more challenging the curriculum and the more demands there are on your time.

Prescription sleeping pills aren’t a good solution to sleep problems (especially for young children) because of possible side effects. These may include prolonged drowsiness, headaches, gut problems, and even dependence on the pills. Fortunately, dietary supplements made from natural ingredients may help achieve good quality sleep!

Here are the best sleep aid supplements for students:

SupplementSuggested for:Why choose this product
MagEnhance Magnesium Complex
*All ages+ 3 forms of Magnesium (Mg) – Mg Taurate, Mg Glycinate, and Mg Threonate.

+ Magnesium Taurate acts on the GABA receptors in the central nervous system to produce feelings of calm and relaxation.

+ Known to improve sleep quality.
Omega-3
*All ages+ Low levels of Omega-3 are linked to sleep problems and lower levels of melatonin (a hormone that regulates sleep).

+ Our product may help increase Omega-3 levels in the body and promote better sleep quality.

3) Best supplements for students’ gut health

Did you know the gut is home to trillions of microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other microbes? These microbes help with digestion, immunity, and many other important functions. In fact, some bacterial strains called psychobiotics can even confer mental health benefits. Psychobiotics may help relieve anxiety, improve mood, and reduce depression.

With that said, optimal health requires a balance in the gut microbiome. If bad microbes surpass the number of good ones, then a variety of health problems may soon follow.

To help restore and maintain balance in the gut, here are the best gut health supplements for students: 

SupplementSuggested for:Why choose this product
Kids Probiotics & Prebiotics
*Children below 18+ 2 probiotic strains + 2 types of prebiotics

+ 6 Billion CFU

+ Sugar-free and gentle on kids’ tummies
Women’s Probiotics & Prebiotics
*Female students 18++ 4 probiotic strains + 2 types of prebiotics + Cranberry + D-mannose

+ 6 Billion CFU

+ Supports women’s digestive, vaginal, and urinary health
Adult Probiotics & Prebiotics
a bottle of Intelligent Labs probiotics supplement
*Male and Female students 18++ 10 probiotic strains (including psychobiotics) + 2 types of prebiotics

+ 50 Billion CFU

+ Optimal gut and mental health support

4) Best energy-boosting supplements for students

Coffee, energy drinks, and other caffeinated beverages are popular energy boosters. These are fine for older students, but kids under 12 years of age shouldn’t be drinking caffeinated drinks. Children are sensitive to caffeine’s effects. Some of these effects include anxiety, restlessness, racing heartbeat, diarrhea, sleep disruptions, and stomach issues.

While an occasional energy drink is fine for older students, we still wouldn’t recommend them because these are highly loaded with sugar. In many cases, the sugar content can easily exceed the daily recommended limit! Regular consumption can increase the risk of diabetes, obesity, teeth problems, high blood pressure, insomnia, and more.

Fortunately, there are sugar-free supplements that may help improve energy levels. Several nutrients have been identified by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) as natural energy boosters. These are the B vitamins, Vitamin C, Calcium, Copper, Iodine, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, and Phosphorus.  

The following are the best non-stimulating, sugar-free, energy-boosting supplements for students:

SupplementSuggested for:Why choose this product
Omega-3
*All ages+ Omega-3 is one of the safest energy-boosting supplements for students of all ages.

+ Great choice for young kids who cannot consume caffeinated drinks yet and aren’t fans of eating fish as well!
Adult Multivitamin
a bottle of Intelligent Labs Adult Multivitamins
*Male and Female students 18++ 25 essential vitamins and minerals, including all the energy-boosting nutrients identified by EFSA.

+ Active forms of B6, B12, and B9 (5-MTHF or Activated Folate).
Women’s Multivitamin
*Female students 18++ 25 essential vitamins and minerals, including all the energy-boosting nutrients identified by EFSA (except for Phosphorus).

+ Active forms of B6, B12, and B9 (5-MTHF or Activated Folate).

+ Formulated for prenatal health support.
5-MTHF (Activated Folate)
*Students 18++ Helps reduce tiredness and fatigue.

+ Active form so there is no need for conversions.

+ Essential for students with the MTHFR mutation (they’re unable to metabolize folic acid).

5) Best immunity-boosting supplements for students  

Many schools are returning to on-campus classes, so a robust immune system is important. Expect interactions with classmates and teachers, and contact with surfaces teeming with bacteria and viruses. Sanitizing after each physical contact may not be possible.

We recommend the following supplements to help improve immunity:

SupplementGood for:Why choose this product
Shield Immunity Booster
*Students 18++ Specifically formulated for immune health support.

+ Vitamin C, D3, and Zinc + a special blend of 12 herbs with long history of medicinal use in Eastern cultures.
Adult Multivitamin
a bottle of Intelligent Labs Adult Multivitamins
*Male and Female students 18++ 25 essential vitamins and minerals, including the immunity boosters Vitamins C, D3, Zinc.

+ Active forms of B6, B12, and B9 (5-MTHF or Activated Folate).
Women’s Multivitamin
*Female students 18++ 25 essential vitamins and minerals including the immunity boosters Vitamins C, D3, Zinc.

+ Active forms of B6, B12, and B9 (5-MTHF or Activated Folate).

+ Formulated for prenatal health support.
Liposomal Glutathione
intelligent labs liposomal glutathione
*Students 18++ Glutathione is the body’s master antioxidant

+ Helps reduce inflammation

+ Support detoxification

+ Helps neutralize harmful free radicals

Conclusion

The start of a new school year is an exciting time for parents and students. There will be plenty of challenges for sure, but there’s also a lot to look forward to! The back-to-school supplements we’ve listed in this blog post may help in so many ways, including helping students succeed in school and life!

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