In an effort to make nutrition easier to understand, the FDA has amended labeling regulations for foods. Providing updated nutrition information to assist consumers in maintaining healthy dietary practices, is their goal. The upcoming regulations will also require that vitamins A, D, and E be measured in mcg instead of units or IU’s.
Are you in the market for a good B Complex supplement? Finally making the commitment to go get one? Or maybe you just happen to see a bottle on a store shelf or a website. Take a moment to make sure it meets the following criteria (or close to it), to increase the chances you will be getting the best bang for your buck. You want energy right? Let’s go get it!
You just quit smoking – Yay!! Or maybe you are still “planning” on quitting, but you just haven’t made that full commitment. Either way, your intention is to improve your health, so congratulations! Let’s look at what you could put in your mouth instead of a cigarette.
Health issues linked to magnesium deficiency
Magnesium is a key nutrient in the following areas in the body:
- Cardiovascular Health (healthy heart and circulation)
- Bone Health (without magnesium your bones don’t exist)
- Muscle Health (avoid cramps or muscle soreness)
- Nerve Function (mental and physical)
- Energy Production
- Stress Management
- Healthy Blood Sugar Balance
We recently posted about “What to look for when in the market for a good B Complex supplement”. One of the ingredients in a good B Complex is Biotin. We see lots of “pins” of Biotin supplements on Pinterest boards for hair, skin, nails, beauty, and wedding prep. The brands typically shown are … meh.
If you have been following us for a while now, you know we love supplements. Huge fans! But, as much as we love supplements, we always look to food first, then super foods and herbs, and then to high quality vitamins and minerals when needed. Potassium sits on the supplement shelf for purchase, but this a mineral you should easily be able to get from food, or super food concentrates.
Our genes naturally program the creation of tens of thousands of proteins and enzymes telling each of our 70 trillion cells what to do. The MTHFR gene specifically codes for an enzyme called methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase. This enzyme (also known as MTHFR) depends on folate or folic acid to function, and also influences folate activity in the body.
Did you know Vitamin D is not really a “vitamin”, it is more like a hormone. Our bodies produce it when the sun’s rays react with cholesterol after being absorbed by your skin. So what happens when you avoid the sun, live in a northern climate, or use a daily dose of sunscreen? No sun rays are absorbed, which means no Vitamin D is produced. Most hormone levels decline as we age, and the same is true for Vitamin D production.
Many people, including doctors, get the wrong measurement indicator with the wrong supplement. We hope this post starts to clarify the confusion for you. The most common measurement units used for supplements are milligrams and micrograms.
Mcg is the abbreviation for Microgram (you may see μg used in place of mcg, especially in Europe), there are 1000 mcgs in 1 Milligram
Mg is the abbreviation for Milligram, there are 1000 mgs in 1 Gram
I don’t take a multivitamin. We educate to get nutrition from food first, however, that doesn’t mean I don’t take certain supplements to support my health goals. Supplements are for supplementing your current state of health, and your needs are ever-changing. Let’s look at the role of the multivitamin and your health.
Ultimately we want to see, and will eventually see, all the great supplement companies not only get their Certified Organic stamp where applicable, but their non-GMO stamp as well. Keep in mind it takes time and money to acquire these certifications, so don’t panic if your favorite supplement that you can’t live without doesn’t have these labels yet.
If you have been diagnosed with an ailment, either acute or chronic, whose name ends with“itis”, it is inflammation. Examples include bronchitis, meningitis, arthritis, tendonitis, colitis, gingivitis, laryngitis, (and the list goes on and on and on). Follow the doctor’s orders, but support your body’s healing process and consider adding some nutritional support.