Underrated Supplements You Should Try This Year

Supplements play a key part in supporting a holistic approach to health and wellbeing alongside a healthy diet and lifestyle. Many of these supplements support our overall health, while others will target a specific need. You may be familiar with the well-known supplement stars like Vitamin C and Calcium, but there are a number of very valuable supplements that often go unnoticed or are underappreciated for how beneficial they are for our health.

Some of the most underrated supplements include:

Vitamin A –

This key vitamin is essential for supporting our vision, immune function, but over one third of Canadian adults are not getting adequate amounts of Vitamin A through diet alone and can benefit from the .1,2,3 Jamieson’s Vitamin A provides you with your daily amount in one convenient softgel.


Vitamin D –

Known as the sunshine vitamin; it is acquired mainly through exposure to UVB rays from the sun or from supplementation. Vitamin D is important for supporting bone health and bone growth, cell growth, immune function, neuromuscular function, and proper glucose metabolism.4 This is an important vitamin for all Canadians, as studies show that over 80% of Canadians are not getting adequate vitamin D from the sun or from their diet and require additional supplementation.1 Make sure you are getting your daily dose of Vitamin D with Jamieson’s Vitamin D gummies or easy to use Vitamin D spray.


Vitamin E
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Not only is Vitamin E a great source of antioxidants, which are important for preventing free radical damage to our bodies, it’s also important for immune function and to support cardiovascular health.1,5,6,9 These three areas are key for maintaining our overall health. Try Jamieson’s Vitamin E softgels to up your antioxidant support.


Magnesium

This mineral is best known for its use in combination with Calcium for bone support, but it is also essential for more than 300 enzyme reactions in the body including protein building (synthesis), muscle and nerve function (including the heart) and blood pressure regulation.7 Over one third of Canadian adults are not getting adequate amounts of Magnesium from their diet and require additional supplementation.1 Jamieson offers a number of different magnesium formulas including Jamieson Magnesium powder and Magnesium gummies.


Zinc –

One of the most important trace minerals, zinc is necessary for supporting cellular metabolism and enzyme activity, it plays a major role in immune function and wound healing, is needed for DNA and protein synthesis and is required for proper sense of taste and smell.8 In Canada, 10-35% of the population has inadequate zinc intake from food.1 Since our body does not have a proper storage system for this mineral, we require a daily intake through diet and supplementation, so take Jamieson’s zinc lozenges or tablets to help maintain adequate zinc levels. 

While we can get these important nutrients from our diet, most of us are not consuming enough of the plant-based sources they are found in to be getting the amounts we need daily to support all of the important functions in our . 1

Supplementing with these unsung heroes in addition to eating a well-balanced, whole food diet and moving your body every day will help to keep you on the right track to staying healthy and happy using a holistic approach to wellness.

 

References:

  1. Government of Canada. Canadian Community Health Survey. Accessed November 24, 2020 at: https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/food-nutrition/food-nutrition-surveillance/health-nutrition-surveys/canadian-community-health-survey-cchs/canadian-adults-meet-their-nutrient-requirements-through-food-intake-alone-health-canada-2012.html
  2. Harvard School of Public Health. The Nutrition Source – Vitamin A. Accessed on November 24/2020 at: https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/vitamin-a/
  3. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. National Institutes of Health – Vitamin A. Accessed on November 24/2020 at: https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminA-HealthProfessional/
  4. 4.U.S. Department of Health & Humans Services. National Institutes of Health – Vitamin D. Accessed November 24/2020 at: https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminD-HealthProfessional/
  5. Traber MG. Vitamin E. In: Shils ME, Shike M, Ross AC, Caballero B, Cousins R, eds. Modern Nutrition in Health and Disease. 10th ed. Baltimore, MD: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2006;396-411.
  6. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. National Institutes of Health – Magnesium. Accessed on November 24/2020 https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Magnesium-HealthProfessional/
  7. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. National Institutes of Health – Zinc. Accessed November 25/2020 at: https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Zinc-HealthProfessional/
  8. Health Canada. Multivitamin and Mineral Supplement Monograph. Accessed December 9/2020 at:  http://webprod.hc-sc.gc.ca/nhpid-bdipsn/atReq.do?atid=multi_vitmin_suppl&lang=eng