Curious about where to start with supplements?
Supplements to consider taking every day: Omega 3’s, Probiotics, and Vitamin D.
Pure Omega 3’s
Omega 3 fatty acids have great benefits to your body, especially the mind. The most important reason Omega 3’s should be a part of your daily supplement routine is because your body cannot efficiently produce them, and the best way to receive them is ingestion through food or supplements.
• DHA-EPA vs. ALA
◦ ALA: A plant based short chain fatty acid that is a precursor to DHA-EPA. Common sources of ALA are flaxseeds, soybeans, pumpkin seeds, and walnuts.
◦ DHA-EPA: These are long chain fatty acids, and are derived from ALA. The bodies of fish are highly efficient at making this conversion, which is why the supplements most rich in DHA-EPA is fish oil.
◦ According to a global recommendation form produced by the Global Organization for EPA and DHA, intake suggestions vary slightly by region. However, each organization listed (ranging from health and nutrition centers from all around the world) suggests an amount to be consumed regularly for optimum health [Table.1].
Probiotics are live microorganisms that live in the gut and help with digestion and overall health. They are found in foods such as yogurt, fermented foods such as kefir, sauerkraut and kombucha (a fermented tea), and even sourdough bread . However, the most beneficial way is often by taking supplements, which allows multiple billions of different species to enter your gut at once.
Did you know there is a ton of research being done right now about the connection of the gut to the brain? For example, a professor of medicine at the University of California, LA took MRI scans of 60 volunteers to analyze their brain structure. These results were then compared to the microbes in their guts. Results showed that different species of bacteria did correspond with specific brain activity. The way the brain forms connections could have a great deal to do with gut bacteria. Check out this great NPR News Article explaining further .
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Vitamin D has multiple health benefits including calcium absorption in the gut, immune responses, and staying happy! Check out Dr. Moore’s informative blog post from January about vitamin D HERE.
1. Table 1. GOED Omega-3 Resources for Healthcare Professionals. Retrieved June, 2016, from http://www.goedomega3.com/healthcare
2. Orlov, A. (2015). 9 All-Natural Sources of Healthy Probiotics. Retrieved June, 2016, from http://dailyburn.com/life/health/foods-with-probiotics/
3. Gut Bacteria Might Guide The Workings Of Our Minds. (2013). Retrieved June, 2016, from http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2013/11/18/244526773/gut-bacteria-might-guide-the-workings-of-our-minds