Vitamins, vitamins, vitamins. There are so many out there that it can be overwhelming to walk into the pharmacy (or Costco vitamin aisle like me 😉 ). Everybody is different, and their needs are different. So what one person takes, another might or might not need. With that being said, here are a few vitamins that I take:
This one is pretty self-explanatory. I take one a day, in the morning. I think that everybody should take a multi vitamin to get some of the essentials.
I take calcium twice a day. I’m sure you know how important it is for women to get calcium. This is to help prevent osteoporosis. You can also get you calcium from food but I don’t the best job at this. A couple of months ago, I got a bone density test and the results came out good. (Thank goodness). I truly think this is because of the calcium vitamins. When looking at the different calcium vitamin options, go for calcium citrate. The citrate helps the calcium be absorbed.
I take two glucosamine pills twice a day. I started taking this a couple of years ago when I began to have knee trouble. I have noticed a BIG difference. Every once in awhile, I will still have knee troubles, but it is nothing compared to how it used to be.
After seeing my nutritionist, she recommended I take some sort of omega-3 fatty acid. I definitely didn’t want fish oil, so flaxseed oil it was. It comes in little capsules, so I don’t actually drink it. I take one pill a day.
Like the glucosamine, I started taking magnesium after an injury. I hurt my back and had to see the chiropractor a couple of times. He told me to start taking magnesium, so I gave it a try. I have noticed a difference. I haven’t gone to the chiropractor and no back problems have come up (knock on wood). I take one magnesium pill a day.
So those are the vitamins you can take but there are also some foods that are chock full of vitamins.
And what some other awesome nutrients? Check out some foods such as acai, maca, goji berries, lucuma, cocoa nibs, and some many other products at Sunfood. They have been the “World’s Best Organic Raw Food and Superfoods Since 1995.”
First up, Acai powder…
Acai, from South America, has become even more popular these last few years. It contains antioxidants, healthy fats, amino acids, and essential vitamins. In order to pack in the most nutrients, Sunfood freeze dries the berries before grinding them into a powder.
“The dark purple color of acai comes from pigments called anthocyanins, which are powerful antioxidants that help defend the body against free radical damage. Diets rich in antioxidants can help slow the aging process and protect against disease. Acai contains omega 3, 6 and 9 essential fatty acids (EFAs) which are critical for brain function, cardiovascular health and the nervous system. An essential fatty acid is a substance that the body cannot make on its own and must be derived from foods. Acai is also a great source of B vitamins, amino acids, vitamins C and E, calcium and fiber. Plus, it’s low on the glycemic index scale (i.e., low in sugar).
People enjoying acai regularly have reported:
* More energy/stamina
* Better sleep
* Improved mental focus
* Enhanced digestion
* Lower cholesterol
* Better metabolism
Recent research has indicated that acai may help to regenerate stem cells and even fight cancers.
The nutrition found in acai is a rare and wonderful blend of antioxidants, omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids, vitamins and amino acids.
Sunfood Acai Powder captures the pure essence of the acai berry. This product is not an extract or concentration. Sunfood Acai Powder delivers a synergy of powerful antioxidants, essential fatty acids and healing oils, fiber, and proteins found only in acai.”
I have been loving this in smoothies. There is also a good looking recipe for acai fudge on Sunfood’s website. Acai would also be great to add to a pancake mix or to some granola bars. Sneak some antioxidants in wherever you can!
Maca powder helps with endurance, energy, and strength. It is widely used with endurance and extreme athletes. (Hence the reason I use it. Just kidding 😉 ) Interesting fact: Maca is likely the highest altitude food-herb crop in the world. Here’s what Maca looks like before ground into powder:
“Said to improve memory, oxygen in the blood, neurotransmitter function and libido, studies have also shown that the adaptogens in maca can boost your immunity and increase your bodys overall vitality by 10-15%.
Containing 60% carbohydrates, 9% fiber and almost 10% protein, dried maca powder is high in lipid content, including linoleic, palmitic and oleic acid.
Maca is mineral-rich with calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, sulfur and iron, and contains trace minerals, such as zinc, copper, selenium, manganese and silica.
Additionally, as a good source of vitamins and sterols, Maca contains nearly 20 different amino acids and seven essential amino acids, giving you a wide variety of benefits for your on-the-go lifestyle.”
Like the Acai, I put Maca in my smoothies. I really couldn’t even tell it was there! The combination of the two superfoods turned my smoothie gray…I promise it was still delicious. I found a recipe at A Dash of Compassion for Maca Mint Blondies. These are definitely on my “to-make” list. Also, Sunfood has some awesome recipes to check out using maca: Caramel Maca White Chocolate, Maca Vanilla Ice Cream, and Cinnamon Maca Bars. I know…don’t they all sound drool worthy?
Acai and Maca not your thing? That’s fine. Sunfood has A TON of organic, raw, healthy, and superfood filled options. A lot of the times, I cannot find certain foods that I want in stores but I know that Sunfood will always have it. So go check them out!
What vitamins do you take?
Have you ever had Acai or Maca before?
Find anything cool of the Sunfood website? (How can you not??)