September calls for crisp notebooks, fully stocked stationery, and fresh fall air. While hitting the books, attending lectures, and collaborating with other students are undoubtedly vital, have you ever considered the role that supplements can play in enhancing your cognitive performance and overall well-being? Let’s explore the 7 supplements you need to make this year the most successful one yet.
Stress can be at an all-time high, especially as you try to juggle course loads, due dates, and long study sessions. Cortisol is a hormone that is released when the body is feeling stressed and overwhelmed. It works to fight or flee the stressful situation by increasing heart rate, increasing blood sugar and controlling how the body metabolizes foods for energy. Short-term stress is effective and can get you out of a sticky situation, but long-term stress can increase inflammation and increase the risk of chronic diseases like Type 2 diabetes. That's why it's important to stock up on Jamieson’s Ashwagandha. This ancient herb has been used for centuries for support through everyday stressors. It’s especially effective for students, as studies have found it to help increase energy, and support mental clarity.1
Swapping home-cooked meals for grab-and-go convenience foods is a major sign that things are getting busy. These foods, although inexpensive and filling, lack important nutrients that are essential for building a resilient immune system and providing sustained energy. To ensure you are getting all the vitamins your mind and body need for a busy semester, it’s important to take a multivitamin like Jamieson’s Multivitamin Gummies. They taste delicious and offer a nutritionally balanced formula containing vitamins A, B3, B5, B6, B12, C, D3, E, biotin and folic acid, plus important minerals to satisfy your daily vitamin needs.
We know how important it is to be energetic, especially during the school year. Having enough energy ensures you’re able to get through your to-do list more mindfully, and therefore, more efficiently. So what can dampen energy levels? Constant stress and poor sleep habits contribute to low energy levels. There are certain times in the school year, like exam week, when you can use an extra boost of energy. This is why you should keep Jamieson’s Vitamin B12 Gummies on your study desk, as they can help convert the foods you eat into the energy you need.
Another culprit of low energy is low iron levels. Iron plays an important role in energy production and red blood cell synthesis. It’s an essential mineral that the body cannot produce and must get from food or supplements. Menstruating women are at more risk of iron deficiency, so if you’re feeling more fatigued, dizzy, and out of breath, it’s important to get your iron levels tested and ask your health care provider if supplementing with Jamieson’s Gentle Ultra Iron is right for you. It’s our highest potency iron and it’s gentle on the stomach.
Gut health is responsible for more than just digestion. The brain supports and regulates the digestive system via the enteric nervous system, helping to regulate nutrient absorption and mucous secretion. On the other hand, the gut can also impact brain function and behaviour through the same enteric nervous system.2 A well-balanced gut can contribute to the immune system, mood and even cognition. Studies show that gut microbiota are linked to brain connectivity and cognitive performance, and a balanced gut could be a promising strategy for enhancing cognition and emotional well-being in stressed and non-stressed situations.3
Between your laptop, TV, phone, and lecturer screen, there’s no doubt that your eyes may be feeling some strain. Blue light-blocking glasses can support eye health, but another easy and delicious way is with Jamieson’s Lutein Capsules. Lutein and zeaxanthin are the only antioxidants found in the eye and help fight against oxidative stress. Research shows that lutein can help suppress inflammation and protect eyes from harmful blue light.4 Enjoy Jamieson’s Lutein with Zeaxanthin & Bilberry which supports optimal eye health.
Be it due to late-night study sessions or a party, we know sleep can take a back seat during the semester. While our eyes are resting, the body is busy repairing and restoring during slumber. The immune system works hard to detect any viruses, the brain spends time storing information and marking memories and the rest of the body is busy removing unnecessary substances and doing a general “clean up”. Not getting enough sleep can make these systems go offline, making it harder to make a decision, getting you sicker faster, and leading to more hunger. Creating a healthy sleep routine and avoiding any screen time before bedtime can help with how long and how well you sleep. Another strategy is with Jamieson’s Melatonin & Immunity Gummies, a potent formula that helps support better sleep and the immune system.
We hope this guide can help you conquer all your academic goals this year!
- Baker, C., Kirby, J. B., O'Connor, J., Lindsay, K. G., Hutchins, A., & Harris, M. (2022). The Perceived Impact of Ashwagandha on Stress, Sleep Quality, Energy, and Mental Clarity for College Students: Qualitative Analysis of a Double-Blind Randomized Control Trial. Journal of medicinal food, 25(12), 1095–1101. https://doi.org/10.1089/jmf.2022.0042
- Kim N et al. (2018). Mind-altering with the gut: Modulation of the gut-brain axis with probiotics. J Microbiol. Mar;56(3):172-182.
- Cooke, M. B., Catchlove, S., & Tooley, K. L. (2022). Examining the Influence of the Human Gut Microbiota on Cognition and Stress: A Systematic Review of the Literature. Nutrients, 14(21), 4623. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu14214623
- Fraley, L. (2020, November 17). Lutein for eyes: Benefits for vision and Eye Health. Healthline. https://www.healthline.com/health/lutein-for-eyes#eye-health-benefits