Did you know March is National Nutrition month?  The goal of National Nutrition Month is to recognize and bring awareness to the importance of good nutrition. Through research, we are becoming increasingly aware of the connection between our diets and our overall health. A healthy, balanced diet and lifestyle can help prevent many chronic health conditions and keep you feeling your best.

In honor of National Nutrition month, there are some supplement basics you need to know to help you further optimize your health. Below your will find some useful information about some of the top recommended supplements that can help promote your general well-being:

While the best way to get your daily recommended intake of vitamins and minerals is through a healthy and balanced diet, multivitamins can help fill the gap when food sources aren’t enough. Multivitamin supplements may help reduce the risk of certain health conditions as they prevent deficiency of many vitamins and minerals. Studies have examined the benefits of multivitamins in cases of malabsorption related to gastrointestinal conditions, as well as the prevention of cardiovascular and cognitive disease. 

Examples of top multivitamin supplements:
O.N.E. Multivitamin by Pure Encapsulations 
Mitocore by Ortho Molecular Products
2-Per Day by Life Extension Foundation

Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acid supplements, particularly those containing EPA and DHA, have gained popularity in recent years and for good reason: their powerful anti-inflammatory effects. As omega-3s contribute to the pliability and elasticity of cell membranes, they are essential to the health of our brain, blood vessels, skin, and hair. Research has shown benefits of omega-3 fatty acids in the treatment of patients with mild to moderate depression, cardiovascular disease, and various autoimmune and inflammatory conditions. Although most commonly derived from fish oils, you may also find omega-3 supplements derived from krill, squid, or flaxseed.

Examples of top omega 3 fatty acid supplements:
ProOmega 2000 by Nordic Naturals
OmegaGenics® EPA-DHA 720 by Metagenics
Elite Omega by Carlson’s

Vitamin D
Vitamin D is produced in your skin from exposure to sunlight. However, unless you live in a country that is close to the equator or you spend lots of time outside, it’s difficult for most individuals to produce enough of this vitamin. Supplementing your diet with vitamin D, through fortified foods and dietary supplements, can help promote bone health, regulate hormone production and function, support the immune system, and improve cardiovascular disease risk factors. 

Examples of top vitamin D supplements:
Liquid Vitamin D3 with K2 by Ortho Molecular Products
Liquid Vitamin D3 by Seeking Health

Did you know that over two-thirds of a human’s immune system lives in the gut? Although most widely known for their beneficial effects in the gastrointestinal system, probiotic supplements can have a wide range of effects. In addition to being used in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea, research has demonstrated the positive effects of probiotics for immune health and several immune-mediated conditions. Recent research has also linked gut health to mental health status, specifically examining the benefits of probiotics for individuals with depression.

Examples of top probiotic supplements: 
Ortho Biotic by Ortho Molecular Products
MegaSporeBiotic by Microbiome Labs
Primal Defense Ultra by Garden of Life
A healthy diet complemented by the right supplements is a recipe for success when it comes to proper nutrition. USDA MyPlate provides the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines to help you choose healthy foods and plan meals that meet your nutritional needs and reduce your risk of nutrition-related conditions. 

You can find more information on these guidelines here

I hope you found this information informative and helpful and I am wishing you a very happy and healthy National Nutrition Month <<First Name>>!  If you would like to work one-on-one with me to help optimize your health, schedule a consultation today.