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Vitamin D3 is probably one of the more common nutrient insufficiencies, it's tough to get enough in our diets, and we don’t spend enough time in the sun and when we do, it's usually lathered up in sunscreen. Also, if you do have darker skin, you are at an even greater risk of a deficiency. We do get some in our diets, found in oily fish, egg yolks, butter and meat, and some cereals that are fortified such as Kellogg's, the recommended daily intake is 400in per day RNI, although it should probably be higher.
So why is vitamin D3 important?
Considering it’s cheap and one is at a greater risk than other vitamins of a deficiency, it is something I often recommend. That said, I always suggest a blood test done by a doctor to assess accurately if you are in fact deficient.
SNP Vitamin D3 is important for the maintenance of healthy bones and teeth, by supporting the correct utilisation of calcium in the body. It also contributes to the normal functioning of the immune system. Vitamin D3 is the most effective form of Vitamin D. Although sunlight exposure results in Vitamin D production, recent research suggests that most individuals are no longer getting enough sun exposure to meet their Vitamin D requirements.
Omega 3 is another area of one's nutrition we often see a shortfall, as we simply do not eat enough oily fish in our diets. When looking at fish oil does, the 1000mg doesn’t mean much; what counts is the EPA and DHA on the label. For general health, a combination of EPA and DHA of 500mg is sufficient for most, but most tabs are 120/180mg EPA and DHA respectively, so 2-3 tabs a day, but the dose can be as high as a combined EPA/DHA of 1800mg. Fish oils have been associated with a host of benefits I will list below. Just be mindful that some of these benefits were found in far larger doses, and again, I would speak to a doctor or dietician to assess what you are possibly trying to treat and let them determine the dose. Also, be aware that large doses may interfere with some medications, such as Warfarin, which is a blood thinner, and fish oils have a blood thinning effect, so be sure to check first.
So, what are some potential benefits of supplementing with fish oils?
So, it has cardiovascular benefits, helps reduce inflammation, may increase strength and size gains, may improve fat loss but the dose is goal and person dependent.
SNP Omega 3 softgels are high in EPA (eicosapentaenoic) and DHA (docosahexaenoic) fatty acids.Omega-3 fatty acids are essential nutrients that are important in preventing and managing heart disease.Omega-3 fatty acids may help to lower blood pressure, reduce blood triglycerides, slow the development of plaque in the arteries, assist with improving cholesterol levels, high blood pressure and heart disease and thus potentially reduce the likelihood of heart attack and stroke.
Probiotics is a tough one to recommend, we do not, at this stage, know enough about the gut bacteria to be talking in absolutes. If someone is suffering from digestive issues, and I cannot isolate the problem (intolerances such as dairy or switching to a FODMAP dietary approach), I may suggest a probiotic and see if it helps; for some people it does and for some people it does not, this is purely anecdotal. I do find women respond more favourably to probiotics than men do.
If I have athletes travelling, especially travelling abroad, I will introduce a probiotic a week before and during their stay. I do this to try and prevent any potential GI distress from a new country and cuisine to reduce their chances of developing diarrhoea or similar before an event.
The human digestive tract should consist of friendly bacteria known as probiotics. These bacteria live in the intestine and assist in maintaining the natural balance of microflora in the intestine. However, factors such as diet, climate, ageing, medication (especially antibiotics), sickness, stress, pH, infection, living conditions, socioeconomic circumstances and lifestyle can skew this balance. Imbalances can result in health problems which can include digestive tract issues., a weakened immune system, skin problems as well as allergic reactions.
ZMA is a patented formulation, which contains zinc, magnesium, and vitamin B6
I use and suggest ZMA, not for the reasons advertised (such as a test booster), although this can be helpful for those with a zinc deficiency. I like ZMA due to the form of magnesium it uses - Magnesium Aspartate. Magnesium comes in many forms, the most common is magnesium oxide, which happens to be the cheapest and also happens to have the worst absorbability in humans, rending it near useless. With most diets, a common deficiency is magnesium, especially in athletes as well as zinc. ZMA allows me to address both in one supplement.
The product’s vitamin B6 content contributes to the normal functioning of the immune system and it regulates hormonal activity. Zinc contributes to maintaining normal testosterone levels in the blood and it also normalises protein synthesis. The organic active ingredients of ZMAttack offer better absorption and the product can be generally used by athletes as well as men with an active lifestyle.
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