Despite the many food trends that come and go every year, most North Americans are still consuming more calories than they should but less essential nutrients than they need for good health. The result: nutrient deficiencies that can have an impact on energy levels and cognitive thinking, and an increased risk of disease such as diabetes and obesity. Here are our top nutrient picks you need to make sure your health stays on top of the nutrition trends, and will help you get back to routine and back to better health.
Vitamin D has long been recognized as a bone-building nutrient to assist in the absorption of calcium and phosphorus. But in addition to its well-known bone health benefits, research shows that it may also play a vital role in boosting the immune system and have heart health benefits. Because the main source for vitamin D is through sunlight, Canadians are often deficient, making supplementation year-round the ideal way to ensure you’re getting enough.
Where to get it: Sunlight in Canada from April to October without sunscreen use and fortified foods such as milk.
Jamieson top pick: Jamieson Chewable Vitamin D 1,000 IU- Natural Chocolate Flavour
Unless you are eating two or more servings a week of fatty fish, you may be at risk for developing a deficiency in the omega-3 essential fatty acids EPA and DHA. Omega-3s are essential for the brain, the eyes and nervous system, promote heart health and help to reduce inflammation. In children, omega-3s are crucial for their cognitive development and promote healthy growth.
Where to get it: Fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel, anchovies.
Jamieson top pick: Jamieson Omega-3 Complete or Jamieson Omega-3 Kids Gummies.
Often overlooked as an important nutrient, this mineral is essential for energy production and proper muscle function and plays an important role in bone health, immune function and helps the body in over 300 essential chemical reactions.
Where to get it: Nuts, seeds, whole grains, dark leafy greens.
Jamieson top pick: Jamieson Magnesium 250 mg.
Vitamin B12 is only found naturally in animal products, so those who follow a vegan or vegetarian diet often experience low B12 levels. Vitamin B12 is necessary for proper nerve and brain function, and a deficiency can lead to fatigue, dizziness and anemia. Vegetarians, vegans and even the elderly should consider taking a B12 supplement.
Jamieson top pick: Jamieson Vitamin B12 250 mg.
Known for its anti-oxidant properties, vitamin C can be found in many fruit and vegetables in our everyday diet, but cooking and processing foods can significantly reduce the amount of naturally occurring vitamin C. The benefits of vitamin C extend from helping to protect the body from free radicals, helping to boost the immune system, collagen production, aiding in the absorption of iron and helping to maintain cardiovascular health.
Where to get it: Citrus fruits, peppers, broccoli, strawberries, tomatoes.
Jamieson top pick: Jamieson Vitamin C Chewable-Tangy Orange.