Even healthy diets contain nutrient gaps. Thankfully, you can count on a daily multivitamin to help fill in those gaps and provide your body with some valuable nutritional insurance.† Gender and age-specific formulas make the right multivitamin choice for your specific needs even easier.
2) Fish Oil
If oily/fatty fish like salmon and anchovies are not a part of your regular diet at least twice a week, then it may be worthwhile to supplement with fish oil—a source of the heart healthy† EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids. EPA and DHA also help support flexible cell membranes.†
3) Vitamin D
Vitamin D is an essential fat-soluble nutrient that supports bone, teeth, muscle and immune health.† However, due to the limited food sources rich in vitamin D, over 90% of Americans fail to meet their daily intake needs for vitamin D, making it a “nutrient of public health concern”.* A simple blood test can help you determine what your vitamin D level is and whether a supplement would be beneficial. At the next appointment with your health care professional, be sure to discuss your current vitamin D level and supplement needs.
Your bones contain 99% of your body’s calcium, and meeting the recommended level of calcium intake daily is important for bone health––now and as you age.† Milk, yogurt, green leafy vegetables and cheese are great sources of calcium, and approximately three servings a day are needed for you to meet the Recommended Dietary Allowance (1,000 mg to 1,200 mg for adults). This can be challenging for many individuals; therefore, a calcium supplement can help fill in this key nutrient gap.
Probiotics are live bacteria that help support a healthy digestive system, which is important to overall health.† They are often referred to as “good” or “beneficial” bacteria based on their beneficial activity in the body. They naturally exist in cultured or fermented foods such as yogurt and certain cheeses. Dietary supplements containing live probiotics are a way to help support regularity and healthy digestive balance.†
Support your health by enjoying the benefits of essential nutrition from vitamins, minerals and supplements.† Consult with your health care professional to learn how these top five supplements can support overall health.
*Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Agriculture. 2015 – 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. 8th Edition. December 2015. Available at http://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015/guidelines/
An "Inside" Look at Probiotics: How They’re Working in Your System
Your digestive system relies on a balance of both good and bad bacteria to do its job. However, a bacteria imbalance can lead to all kinds of gastrointestinal issues2. One way you can support your gut balance3 is by taking probiotics, which are available in foods as well as supplements.
How to Get the Most Out of Taking Probiotics
If you’ve been taught to view bacteria as a bad thing, you’re only half right. There are both good and bad bacteria in your body. These good bacteria are known as probiotics, and they help keep your digestive system healthy and functioning well.
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