Also known as the sunshine vitamin, vitamin D is essential for bone health, immunity, and general well-being. The main source of vitamin D is the sun. Due to the lack of sun exposure, most people in Canada and the U.S. are actually deficient in Vitamin D, especially during the winter months. What’s great about vitamin D is that it comes in many formats, so if you don’t like to swallow pills you can choose chewable vitamins, liquids, drops, and even gummies!
Calcium is an important mineral and one of the most abundant in the body. 99% of the body’s calcium is actually stored in the bones and teeth to support its structure and function. Calcium is found in some foods, added to others, available as a supplement and present in some medicines such as antacids. It’s easy to get it from a balanced diet, unless you don’t consume dairy products which have the highest content of calcium. Use a calcium calculator to determine how much you are getting from your diet. A few of them exist online . If you realize that you are not reaching amounts of 1000-1200 mg daily, it may be a good idea to turn to supplements to fill the gap. For example, if you have a daily intake of 500-600 mg per day through food, you should consider taking a 500 mg supplement. Also, make sure that you are taking sufficient amounts of vitamin D as it is essential to absorb calcium.
Commonly referred to as “healthy fats”, omega-3s are essential to your overall health, and proven to support heart and brain health. Omega-3s are actually called essential fatty acids because your body needs them but can’t produce them. It can also be difficult to get the recommended amount of omega-3 from diet alone. Whether it’s because we don’t eat enough fish, we don’t like the taste, or we are worried about mercury contamination, the simple fact is: most of us just aren’t getting enough. To ensure you’re getting all the great benefits these healthy fats have to offer, you can take a daily supplement. The safest and easiest to take is krill oil; it’s free of toxins, doesn’t cause any fishy aftertaste and you only need to take one to two small softgels per day. Here are additional information on the omega 3 recommendations from the American Heart Association.
Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are naturally found in your body and that are beneficial to your health and your digestive system. Your gut is full of good and bad bacteria, called intestinal flora. Diet, antibiotics, lifestyle, and even stress can disrupt the healthy balance of your intestinal flora, leading to many negative health effects. That’s when probiotics come in; they can help restore that balance by providing your body with the good bacteria it needs to stay healthy. There are 2 groups of probiotics: lactobacillus (most common) or bifidobacterium. There are also several brands and delivery forms. You may want to ask your doctor or dietitian what they recommend or you may try different products to see which one is the best fit for your needs. For more information on probiotics please visit: https://www.healthambition.com/probiotics/
The B-complex vitamins are actually a group of 8 vitamins which are: B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, folic acid and biotin. They play an important role in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and protein as well as the formation of red blood cells. They can help your body use energy from the food you eat. The best way to get your B vitamins is naturally, through foods you eat. However, in some cases of unbalanced diets, people can suffer from deficiencies and benefit from taking a vitamin B complex supplement. For example, vegans and vegetarians often lack vitamin B12 and should highly consider supplementing.
About the author
Serving as Sales Director, Jacqueline Khayat’s role includes expanding distribution for Neptune’s line of products and ingredients. Jackie has extensive and relevant education, earning a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from Montreal University and obtaining a Graduate Degree in Business and Management from renowned HEC Montreal. As a Dietitian, she taps into her extensive knowledge of nutrition to help educate the market about omega-3 krill oil benefits and our line of products including OCEANO3: Neptune’s consumer branded krill oil, exclusively offered through its website www.oceano3.com in Canada and the US.
Jackie also enjoys healthy lifestyle, great food and travelling. You can follow her on Twitter for daily health related tips: @jkhayat23