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.
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.
If you’ve had bariatric weight loss surgery, you know how important it is to take care of your new body. Diet, exercise, and the best bariatric vitamins are essential for your healthy recovery (which takes a lot longer than you think) and to keep your new and improved body in top shape. There are a lot of vitamins out there, so how do you know which one is right for you? Here are a few things to keep in mind when doing your research...
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?
If you are or you know someone who is pregnant, it is important for the baby’s health that mom is eating a proper and nutritious diet. Folate is one of the most important nutrients that mom will eat for her growing baby. Without this vitamin or without enough of it, the baby is at risk for serious neural tube defects that can even be life threatening. Read on to understand why folate is so important, where you can get it, and how much you should be receiving.