Whether you are new to taking vitamins or have been using them for decades – shopping for supplements can be an overwhelming experience. It is my hope that my recommendations will help take some of the guesswork out of which supplements to use and also highlight brands found at Heinen’s that may be beneficial for you and your family.
We all know there are at least a few habits that may have a negative effect on our health. Do poor diet choices, processed foods, sugar, alcohol consumption, stress and lack of sleep sound familiar? There is definitely room in one’s regimen for improvement, and supplements are an easy solution. If you’re thinking about incorporating supplementation into your wellness routine, check out my top 5 recommendations below to get started.
1. Whole Food Multivitamin
A multivitamin guarantees that your body gets the nutrients, vitamins and minerals it needs on a daily basis. I take and recommend Garden of Life Vitamin Code Raw Multivitamin for Women. I also recommend Garden of Life mykind Organics and MegaFood Whole Food Multivitamin.
2. Algae-Based Omega-3 Supplement
Supplementing with a high-quality third-party tested purified Omega-3 is something that everyone can benefit from. Omega-3 fatty acids help your skin, heart and brain health. I like Nordic Naturals Algae Omega, Nutritional Roots DHA Omega-3 and Heinen’s DHA.
3. Turmeric and Curcumin
Packed with antioxidants, turmeric is a spice that has been used for centuries. If offers a myriad of benefits and is most commonly known for its ability to combat inflammation. Think of curcumin, an extract of turmeric, as healing medicine. I like New Chapter Turmeric Force and Garden of Life mykind Extra Strength Turmeric.
If I allowed myself to only take one supplement, it would be my probiotic. Probiotics are so much more than just “good bacteria” for your digestive system. They’re responsible for the delicate balance between our digestive, immune and brain health. I recommend Garden of Life Dr. Formulated Probiotics and New Chapter Shelf Stable Probiotics.
5. Vitamin D
Supplementing with Vitamin D is important for optimal health as we can’t obtain it from food. Vitamin D is completely different than other vitamins. In fact, it’s actually a hormone produced from cholesterol when your skin is exposed to the sun. However, sun exposure rarely provides adequate Vitamin D, making it necessary to supplement. Two main dietary forms of Vitamin D exist — D2 and D3. Of the two, D3 is twice as effective. Dietary sources of D3 include cod liver oil, beef liver, sardines and egg yolk to name a few, but you would have to eat a lot of these foods on a daily basis to make a difference.
I recommend Garden of Life mykind Organics Vegan D3 Organic Spray, Nutritional Roots Plant-Based Vitamin D3 as well as Garden of Life Vitamin Code Raw D3. All of these are whole food supplements.
There you have it! I truly believe these supplements are deserving of your consideration. So, as you kick off a new decade, take a walk through the Wellness Department and discover for yourself how supplements can help improve your overall health and well-being.
We always recommend consulting with your physician before starting a new supplement. If you’re interested in learning more about the Vitamins and Supplements we carry, stop by your local Heinen’s Wellness Department. Our Wellness Consultants are happy to assist you!