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As the temperature drops, more and more of us are looking for healthy foods, vitamins and supplements to help boost our immune systems and hopefully ward off the various colds and flus that are circulating.
But do vitamins and supplements actually work? With so much false information circulating on the internet and on social media platforms like TikTok, it’s hard to know what.
We therefore decided to discuss with the founder of JSHealth Vitamins, Jessica Sepelto debunk some of the common misconceptions about vitamins and supplements and how we incorporate them into our diets.
You get all the vitamins and minerals you need from your diet
Although you get many of your essential vitamins and minerals from a healthy, balanced diet, there can sometimes be deficiencies due to gaps in your diet or if you have undiagnosed digestive issues.
“I understand why there have been so many misconceptions about vitamins and supplements,” says Jess. “We are often taught that humans can get everything they need (nutrients and minerals) through food. I still believe in it, in optimal times. That’s why I’ve always said that I view vitamins and supplements as medicine – to solve current problems when the body needs that extra layer of support on top of a healthy diet.
Supplements are exactly that — a way to supplement and bolster your healthy diet, says Jess. “These are tools that can be used to target specific health issues and goals, in conjunction with balanced nutrition, movement, and mind support.”
Jess encourages people to visit their doctors, nutritionists or healthcare professionals to receive a full blood profile test to see where any other vitamin or mineral deficiencies are – and then complete accordingly.
It doesn’t matter when you take vitamins as long as you take them
Always read the label and the directions for use explains Jess. As different supplements need to be taken at different times for optimal results.
“Etiquette will guide you. For example, I encourage people to take our Hair + Energy on a full stomach at breakfast, as zinc on an empty stomach can cause nausea and iodine can increase energy (which is why it should be taken in the morning). Another example is taking magnesium at night for better sleep and muscle relaxation.
Only a small percentage of vitamins and supplements actually work
According to Jess, when it comes to vitamins and supplements, not all formulas are created equal. Therefore, to get the most out of your vitamins, she recommends choosing higher quality supplements that use the most bioavailable (read: easier to absorb) forms of ingredients.
Jess also explains that it is really important to do your research: “In Australia, all formulations must contain a body of evidence and research indications to prove the effectiveness of their ingredients. Science therefore guides the formulations.
“For example, you may find yourself struggling with digestive issues such as constipation or discomfort, and sometimes a probiotic will work brilliantly – beyond what food can do.”
Jess explained that the other thing to remember is that not everyone’s body is good at absorbing nutrients and minerals through their diet due to issues such as digestive issues, stress or poor diet, making it difficult to get the right balance of nutrients and minerals.
“Of course, if someone has digestive issues, they may not be able to absorb vitamins and minerals effectively, which could prevent them from working as well.” This means that supplements might be needed to fill in the gaps.
“Natural” vitamin supplements are better
“The truth is, companies that care about evidence, dosage, and ingredient forms are ‘better’ than those that don’t. There are ways to make vitamins and supplements cheaply, and then there are ways to make them with care and quality to be effective.
Do your research on brands before you buy!
The more you take, the more effective they are
No, you should just take vitamins and supplements specifically tailored to your needs. “I don’t encourage people to take it all. It’s much better to use supplements as ‘supplements’ to support the body when needed.”
For example, we are now coming into winter, and there is no denying that taking immune formula, a probiotic and vitamin D can help support an individual’s immune system during the colder months, explains Jess.
“It’s always best for people to consult with their healthcare professional to determine which supplement regimen is right for them, getting an approach tailored to individual needs.”
Supplements That Target “Hair, Skin, and Nails” Don’t Actually Work
“When you use hair and skin supplements with ingredients backed by research and traditional use to actually do what they say, you’ll find that they can really work,” says Jess. She recommends looking for formulas created based on evidence – either traditional use or scientific evidence.
“For example, iodine has been shown in the literature to promote hair health and growth (when dietary intake is insufficient), and zinc has been shown to help maintain healthy hair. is why our bestseller Hair + Energy formula contains these two ingredients. our beloved Skin + Digestion The formula contains zinc, which has been shown in the literature to relieve symptoms of acne and pimples, as well as burdock, traditionally used in Western herbal medicine to relieve minor skin rashes, as well as to relieve symptoms of acne. mild eczema and dermatitis.
The results we receive from our community with success stories and before/after pictures say a lot, says Jess.
It is important to note that you should consult your doctor or health care professional before beginning to take any vitamins or supplements. Especially since some vitamins and supplements can affect medications you are already taking.
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