Two Essential Supplements to Take Daily and Why
Supplements can make a world of difference in your health and how you feel. What are supplements? Supplements are manufactured products that increase the consumption of specific nutrients. One very important thing to remember is that supplements cannot fix poor choices. They are designed as a source of nutrients (vitamins and minerals) to add to a healthy lifestyle. Many supplements were created because the food available today does not always provide everything the body needs.
An important piece of the puzzle when it comes to supplements is how they are sourced. If you are taking a supplement you are likely doing so to benefit your health. Isn’t is scary to think that the ingredients and where they come from can hinder your well-being? Top Notch Nutrition promises to always have clean and sustainable sources. Did you know that many supplements contain ingredients that cannot be broken down by the body? They pass through the digestive system without providing any value to the body. Therefore, it is imperative to find supplements that come from the cleanest sources, which usually also means the body can put them to use.
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Let's look at the two essential supplements you should be taking daily and why:
This is a fatty acid that is so beneficial for the health of the body and the brain. There are three omega 3 fatty acids: DHA, EPA and ALA. They lower the risk of heart disease, lessen risk of metabolic syndrome, fight inflammation, beneficial for those with auto-immune diseases, and so much more. More specifically EPA is good for skin health and is shown to help fight depression. DHA is also good for skin health but also eye health and improve sleep.
What are some things to know about supplementing omega-3 fatty acids?
1. It is very rare that people have a balanced or healthy omega 3 to omega 6 ratio. Both fatty acids are considered “essential” as the body cannot produce them. With that being said, many of us are exposed to a diet that does not have a balance between the two. We are consuming a lot of omega 6 and not enough omega 3. Omega 6 is known to be an inflammatory fatty acid while omega 3 is anti-inflammatory. So too much omega 6 is not good… and not enough omega 3 is not good. Finding a balance in consumption of these two fatty acids can reduce inflammation in the body. Remember that inflammation, especially that of the chronic kind can contribute to several health issues. This is just one reason that taking a supplement of Omega 3 can be beneficial, to make sure you are getting enough while being conscious of lowering the omega 6 intake.
2. There are dangers in sourcing omega-3 fatty acid supplements. This comes in the form of heavy metals and mercury so be careful of “sketchy sourcing.” Top Notch has included 800 mn of EPA and 600 mf of DHA to their formula. This product is also non-GMO (genetically modified), Friend of the Sea Certified, wild caught and sustainably sourced. It is a “burpless formula” that has a natural lemon oil for flavor which in turn avoids the common fishy aftertaste found in other products.
Almost everyone is deficient in Vitamin D, on a global scale. This vitamin impacts nearly every part of the body. Every single cell has a receptor for vitamin D! Most people think of sunshine when it comes to vitamin D. Our skin can make vitamin D when exposed to the sun. The problem is that most of us don’t get enough sun exposure (whether it is because of our region or sunscreen) to make an impact. On another note, vitamin D can be found in our food, right? Well, it is incredibly difficult to get enough vitamin D through nutrition alone. The recommended daily intake is 400-800 IU (international unit). Most doctors will often recommend a much higher dose, because we can be so incredibly deficient. Most of it should come in the form of a supplement as what you find in your food will just add to that, bonus! Being deficient can cause illness, fatigue, back pain, depression, muscle loss, and more!
What are some things to know about supplementing Vitamin D?
1. As mentioned above, sourcing is incredibly crucial to be aware of. Instead of using a soybean oil (like other manufacturers), vitamin D capsules from Top Notch Nutrition are made from organic extra virgin coconut oil! As a side note, in connection to the discussion on Omega fatty acids above, soybean oil is a huge source of omega 6! If you recall, we want to lower our consumption of this fatty acid. This is just one example of how important sourcing is.
2. Formula is high potency at 5,000 IU per capsule. You might be wondering why this is so high given the recommended daily intake mentioned above. For most of us, our deficiency is so great that we need much more than what is recommended. The other thing to mention is that getting too much vitamin D (for a good percentage of the population) is highly unlikely. It would take over 50,000 units per day for an extended period of time to become toxic to the body.
Know that you know the two essential supplements you should be taking daily and why. Remember that supplements are meant to benefit your health by adding to your nutrition. They cannot fix poor choices but rather fill a void in nutrients to aid having a healthy lifestyle. Recall how important sourcing is and to look for clean and sustainable sources. From this article you can see just how crucial it is to make sure you are getting enough vitamin D and omega 3 fatty acids, every day. It is not easy to do with just our food sources, so consider supplementing these nutrients. Top Notch Nutrition’s supplements are clean, high-quality sources and we believe that you will love how they make you feel!