Omega 3 fatty acids have gained mainstream recognition for offering up an array of wellness-boosting effects, ranging from improving our mental health to protecting against cancer.
With these stats, it's no wonder many of us have hopped on board the Omega 3 train and have made a conscious effort to add this nutrient to our diet and supplement routine. But while many of us have added these fatty acids into our daily nutrition routine, it's not uncommon to find an avid Omega 3 consumer who might not know much about them other than the fact that they're good for our health.
What are the different types of Omega 3 fatty acids? Where do we typically find them in foods? And are all Omega 3 supplements created equal? These are just a few questions that come to mind when considering this nutrient powerhouse, but those happen to be just the tip of the iceberg for those who follow a plant-based diet. Vegans and vegetarians also must consider whether their diet provides enough of these fatty acids, and if not, whether their supplement is both effective and in alignment with a plant-based lifestyle.
Often, people trying a plant-based diet for the first time will rely on easy, but highly-processed, vegan food options since they tend to be slightly less intimidating than crafting a meat-free meal of their own. Unfortunately, this can quickly lead to a diet void of important vitamins and minerals. Over time, this lack of micronutrients can take a major toll on our wellbeing and can lead to some serious health repercussions.
With today's modern food processing and manufacturing practices, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who isn’t lacking in at least one of the key vitamins and minerals our bodies need to function optimally. But for those who follow a plant-based or vegan lifestyle, the chance of suffering from a nutrient deficiency tends to be much higher than the general population. As research continues to reveal a trend linking plant-based diets to nutritional deficiencies, there is growing support that promotes supplementing a vegan or vegetarian diet with certain essential vitamins and minerals. Today, we will explore four of those micronutrients and discuss why they are important additions to a plant-based lifestyle.
Many of us place a heavy emphasis on our health and nutrition with the hope of improving our energy levels, our focus, and our sleep. Moreover, as we age these facets of our well-being become even more crucial, as these areas naturally start to decline. But the question is, are we doing enough to promote total-body health and prevent the negative effects of aging?
If you’ve found yourself waging war against your waistline, you’re not alone. While you may be privy to many of the standard suggestions for weight loss, including diet and exercise, there is another fat-loss factor that many of us often overlook: our vitamin and mineral intake. Today, we’re exploring vitamins and minerals that are proven to be effective for weight loss and weight management.
Fasting, in its various forms, has been used for thousands of years. However, over the last several decades this ancient practice has seen a surge in mainstream popularity thanks to the health and weight loss benefits it has been shown to provide. So what are the biological benefits of foregoing food? And how do vitamins and supplements affect an intermittent fast? Today, we take a deeper look at why you should avoid taking your vitamins and supplements during a fast and what you should focus on while you skip out on sustenance for a set period of time.
For the first time in 30 years, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published new guidelines for the Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) and Daily Values (DV) for most vitamins and minerals. These changes, in addition to other updates being made to our food nutrition labels, are forcing manufacturers to make some serious changes to their products. So what are these updates and how will they affect the nutritional content and nutrient density of our foods and supplements? Is there a surefire way to ensure your products are meeting these new requirements? With so many questions swirling around these FDA updates, we thought we’d take the opportunity to break down these revisions to better understand the new recommendations.
When we browse the aisles of the grocery store, many of us will spare a few seconds to take a glance at the ingredient profile of the items we select. But do you give your supplements the same level of scrutiny? Many of us assume that when we pick up our multivitamin that vitamins and minerals are all that we’re getting. Unfortunately, when it comes to the other ingredients added to our vitamins, what we don’t know or recognize can hurt us. Today, we’re uncovering the often-overlooked ingredients that are added to our supplements and discussing a new alternative that avoids these potentially harmful “other ingredients.” Is your multivitamin a daily dose of danger? Read on to learn which additives you need to avoid when shopping for your supplements.
From liquids to powders and even patches, most of us will try just about anything to avoid choking down another tablet. But there's one form of multivitamin that caters to both our anti-pill preference and our inner-child: the gummmy. As the gumption for adult gummy vitamins grows, more questions arise as to whether or not these vitamins are as good for our health as they claim. Is there any real advantage for taking these vitamin treats?
Looking for pill substitutes? Liquid vitamins lead the pack as a superior form of supplementation. It’s no question that a liquid multivitamin goes down smoothly when compared to a bulky pill or tablet, but are liquid vitamins truly the best method for taking your multi?
If you’re ready to put away the pills but still aren’t entirely sure if liquid multivitamins are the way to go, read on as we dive into the pros and cons of fluid supplements. Is it all love for liquids or a complete loss? And beyond pills and liquids, is there another option? We’re about to find out!