In a perfect world, everyone would have access to foods that comprise a healthy balanced diet. In general, individuals who are proactive regarding preventive health and healthy aging focus on whole foods and optimal nutrition, as well as make informed choices about vitamin and mineral supplementation. As people become more knowledgeable about health and wellness, many turn to nutritional supplements, not only to address deficiencies, but to support specific nutrient requirements at all stages of life. Those who regard supplementation as an investment in long term health, ideally choose supplements that target their individual needs, and are aware that an all-inclusive healthy lifestyle embraces diet, regular exercise, restful sleep and other aspects as well.
When diet alone is not sufficient to meet an individual’s nutritional needs, supplementation becomes integral to wellbeing. Specifically those with malabsorption issues, allergies or food intolerances, dietary restrictions or certain autoimmune conditions may require supplements to correct nutrient deficiencies. As well, supplementation is beneficial for those with specific hormonal imbalances or those who are pregnant, bedridden, or recovering from an illness. If one is overly stressed, fatigued, traveling, training, avoiding sun exposure, or not sleeping well, this is also good time to supplement. Of particular interest is cognitive health and mood support, key foundations for optimal wellness and healthy aging. It would appear that the most popular supplements are positioned around need states.
A recent survey of those who regularly take dietary supplements found that vitamin D was the most widely used supplement, followed by omega-3 fish oil, CoQ10, probiotics and multivitamins. Rounding out the most popular supplements are B-Complex vitamins, magnesium, curcumin, vitamin C, calcium, melatonin, protein powders, digestive enzymes, fiber, milk thistle and resveratrol, as well as bone, joint and vision support formulas. Per the 2017 CRN Consumer Survey on Dietary Supplements, 79% of women are supplement users, while 73% of men regularly use supplements. The survey concluded that women tend to be more proactive about preventive health and are more likely to incorporate supplements into an established health and wellness regime.
Five supplements highly recommended by nutritionists:
Fish oil – Essential for healthy heart and brain function, as well as a healthy inflammatory response, omega-3 fatty acids are not synthesized by the body and must be obtained through diet or supplementation. Choose a formula with a high concentration of EPA and DHA, as well as purity and sustainability certifications.
Probiotics – Scientific evidence shows that gut health directly affects immune health. A daily probiotic can help ensure proper gastrointestinal function, as well as hormone balance. There are many quality brands from which to choose, including multi-strain and shelf stable formulas perfect for traveling.
Vitamin D – Rising rates of vitamin D deficiency can be attributed to inadequate sun exposure, especially during winter months and the prolific use of sunscreens. Necessary for bone, neuromuscular and immune health, as well as overall healthy function, vitamin D is one of 24 nutrients essential for survival.
Magnesium – Magnesium maintains normal muscle and nerve function, as well as healthy sleep. This extremely important nutrient is a cofactor in hundreds of enzymatic reactions, including metabolism, protein and fatty acid synthesis, bone health, steady heartbeat and energy production.
Protein powders – While protein may be largely obtained through diet, athletes, weekend warriors and seniors can benefit from protein supplementation. Ideal for muscle gain and weight loss, sufficient protein boosts metabolism and can reduce appetite. Both plant and animal based protein powders supply amino acids, highly effective for stimulating muscle growth, retaining muscle mass and improving strength.
Like many things in life, when it comes to supplements, quality and trust matters. Professional Supplement Center offers many science-based effective products without added fillers and unnecessary or artificial ingredients.
OmegAvail™ Hi-Po by Designs for Health®: Sourced from Alaskan pollock, this high potency fish oil provides 1500 mg of triglyceride-bound EPA and DHA molecularly distilled omega-3 fatty acids per serving. The formula includes lipase to ensure maximum absorption and prevention of aftertaste. Distillation and filtering ensures purity and the removal of heavy metals, PCBs and other contaminants. Gluten free, Non-GMO, natural lemon flavoring.
Probiotic Professional 100 by Professional Supplement Center®: Probiotic Professional 100 provides 100 billion CFU of four researched strains of beneficial bacteria in acid-resistant capsules to ensure more targeted release. Free of wheat, gluten, soy, animal and dairy products, fish, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, eggs and artificial sweeteners and preservatives. Non-GMO shelf stable formulation.
Vitamin D3 5000 by Pure Encapsulations®: Each hypoallergenic capsule provides 5000 mg of highly absorbable vitamin D3 as cholecalciferol in support of musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, neurocognitive, cellular and immune health. Gluten free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.
Magnesium Balance by Professional Supplement Center®: This highly absorbable magnesium blend supplies patented chelated magnesium for enhanced absorption. Magnesium supports bone and cardiovascular health, energy production and neuromuscular function. Free of wheat, gluten, soy, animal and dairy products, fish, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, eggs and artificial sweeteners and preservatives. Non-GMO formulation.
Whey Cool Protein™ Natural Vanilla Flavor by Designs for Health®: This proprietary non-denatured whey protein concentrate is sourced from milk from grass-fed cows that graze on pesticide and chemical free pastures. Low temperature drying and filtration preserves the full range of important protein components including lactoferrin, immunoglobulins, serum albumin, active peptides and growth factors. Gluten free, Non-GMO formulation.
Organic Plant Protein Smooth Chocolate by Garden of Life: This certified organic plant protein blend provides 15 grams of energy-giving protein per serving. The formula includes soluble and insoluble fiber as well as essential fatty acids, probiotics and enzymes. Gluten, soy, dairy, tree nut, fillers and artificial ingredient free, Non-GMO vegan formulation.
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