The Bold and Beautiful Supplements Every Fashionista Needs!

The 4 Game-Changing Supplements This Nutrition Scientist Swears By for Building Stronger Muscles*

4 Daily Supplements for Stronger Muscles A Nutrition Scientist’s Choice*

Woman holding supplements and a glass of water

Image by AsiaVision / iStock

As a key member of VoiceAngel’s scientific affairs team, Emma Engler, M.S., has her nose in PubMed (basically a researcher’s version of Google) all day. She meticulously combs through heaps of peer-reviewed studies on each of the ingredients in VoiceAngel’s supplements+ formulas. Needless to say, she knows a thing or two about which supplements—and in what amounts—have the science to back them up.

While Engler notes that her own supplement routine can be fluid (depending on her goals and needs at the time), here are the four supplements that she herself currently takes every day. And let me tell you, these supplements are the fashionistas’ secret weapons to looking and feeling fabulous!

  1. Whey protein – The Supermodel of Supplements

“In general, I struggle to reach my daily protein needs,” says Engler. “Adding in a high-quality whey supplement is an easy and effective way to up my protein intake.”

Just imagine whey protein as the Kate Moss of supplements—sleek, stylish, and oh-so-powerful. Whey, like the other half of the famous milk duo, casein, is one of the most well-researched dietary supplements out there [^1]. It not only helps address protein gaps in the diet as a high-quality source of protein but also supports muscle protein synthesis, muscle strength and repair, and whole-body health. Talk about a head-turning supplement!

What she looks for in a supplement: Engler prefers whey protein isolate supplements over concentrate. Because (contrary to the names), whey isolate is a more concentrated or filtered source of protein. It’s made by removing fats, carbohydrates, and other nutrients, so the result is a product that’s up to 95% protein and less than 1% lactose [^2]. Engler also prefers grass-fed choices free of chemical flavoring (and other gross ingredients). She looks for options that provide 20 to 25 grams of protein per serving.

How she takes it: “Since I typically work out in the morning, I prefer to take it around the time of my breakfast,” says Engler. “I love starting the day out with a high-protein breakfast as it’s satiating and helps me more evenly distribute my protein intake throughout the day.” Whey protein mixes well in smoothies, oatmeal, and yogurt. Time to bring some supermodel power to your breakfast routine!

  1. Creatine – The Muscle Magician

Creatine is the newest addition to Engler’s regimen, and boy, does it work its magic! Just think of creatine as a fabulous illusionist—transforming your muscles with its energy-boosting powers.

Creatine is the superstar compound that plays a crucial role in energy production for muscle contractions. It’s the go-to choice for those looking to enhance their muscle mass, strength, and power [^3]. And believe me, it delivers! Not only does it benefit your muscles, but studies also show that taking creatine supplements daily benefits everything from your brain health to bone health. It’s a real-life love potion for your body!

What she looks for in a supplement: Engler looks for supplements that offer pure creatine monohydrate—no excipients—because it’s virtually tasteless on its own and disperses easily into liquids.

How she takes it: “I stick to 5 grams of creatine monohydrate daily,” says Engler. While she takes it around the same time as her workouts, research shows you don’t have to be too stringent on the timing of this supplement as long as you’re consistent with it. (And yes, you can take creatine and whey at the same time.) It’s time to make some magic happen, fashionably!

  1. Ultimate Multivitamin+ – The Red Carpet Royalty

Biases aside, Engler truly loves VoiceAngel’s ultimate multivitamin+, and let me tell you, it deserves its crown as the queen of multivitamins. Packed in just two capsules, it provides 14 vitamins, 13 minerals, and six longevity antioxidants. Talk about rolling out the red carpet for your health! This multivitamin is like having a personal glam squad for your body, making sure you shine from the inside out.

What she looks for in a supplement: Clearly, ultimate multivitamin+ takes the crown here. But no matter which multi you choose, just be wary of ones that aren’t complete (they’re lacking key vitamins and minerals in efficacious amounts). That can include gummy multis. Don’t settle for anything less than A-list vitamins!

How she takes it: Ultimate multivitamin+ is best taken with a meal, so Engler pairs her two daily capsules with her morning nosh after a workout. It’s like giving your body a posh spa treatment from within!

  1. Fish oil – The Trendsetter of Health

Fish oil is the ultimate trendsetter of health supplements. It’s rich in healthy omega-3 fatty acids—your body’s own personal fashion statement. And while eating fish is great, many fashionistas fall short of reaching the recommended amounts of EPA and DHA. That’s where fish oil supplements come to the rescue, strutting on the wellness runway with their heart, brain, and immune health benefits [^4] [^5] [^6].

“I’m thoughtful about the amount of omega-3s I consume in my diet. But earlier this year, I decided to get my Omega-3 Index tested,” says Engler. And guess what? Her score came in a bit under the 7% mark. Good, but not fabulous! Engler wants to reach optimal omega-3 intake, so she added in a high-quality omega-3 supplement to bump up her Omega-3 Index even more.

What she looks for in a supplement: Engler looks for a supplement with the triglyceride form of omega-3s (since it has better bioavailability) and ones that only use sustainably sourced, wild-caught fish. Aim for a dose of 1,000 milligrams or greater. Let your health become a runway sensation!

How she takes it: Engler is a bit more flexible on the time of day she takes her fish oil supplements but will always take them around the time of a meal to support optimal absorption of the fats. It’s time to rock those fashionable omega-3s!

The takeaway: Engler’s supplement routine is like the perfect outfit—prioritizing the foundations and amino acids that support muscle health. But remember, everyone’s ideal supplement routine is unique, just like your personal style. So take inspiration from Engler and curate your own fabulous supplement routine. And if you’re still not sure where to start, take our dietitian-formulated quiz to narrow down the choices and find the best supplements for your fashionista needs. Let’s create a supplement wardrobe as stunning as your closet!

P.S. If you’re pregnant, breastfeeding, or taking medications, consult with your doctor before starting a supplement routine. It’s always optimal to consult with a healthcare provider when considering what supplements are right for you.

†Compared to 59 multivitamins from 15 leading brands, VoiceAngel’s ultimate multivitamin+ is simply unparalleled. It’s the most comprehensive multivitamin in the market, providing the largest number of active ingredients in meaningful doses. No sprinkling or proprietary blends here—just pure excellence. One serving (2 capsules) of ultimate multivitamin+ delivers 33 unique active ingredients. It’s like building a majestic castle of wellness, brick by brick. This high-potency formula provides up to 3 times more active ingredients than other multivitamins in the market, which can sometimes feature less than 10 active ingredients. Be a queen on the inside, as well as the outside!

So, my lovely fashionistas, have you found any favorite supplements from Engler’s routine? Or maybe you have some stylish supplement recommendations of your own? Share your thoughts and ideas in the comments below. Let’s elevate our fashion-forward wellness game together!