Dietitian Recommendations for Supplements
Food always comes first, but we know that supplements can lead to improved health outcomes.
Our dietitians will consider your overall health, nutrition goals, medical conditions, current intake, food preferences, blood work and Nutrigenomix genetic test results (if available) when making personalized recommendations for you.
What are the common supplement needs?
- Pregnant women: prenatal vitamins
- Women who are breastfeeding: multivitamin, vitamin D and omega-3s
- Women with excessive bleeding during menstruation: iron supplements
- Some vegetarians and vegans: vitamin B12, vitamin D, iron, omega-3s
- Athletes, both recreational and professional: multi-vitamins, iron, vitamin D, ergogenic aids such as creatine and beta-alanine
- Older adults: multi-vitamin, vitamin D, calcium and magnesium
- People with allergies or intolerances to particular foods or food groups: multi-vitamin, omega-3s
- People with malabsorption issues: multi-vitamins, vitamins A,D, E and K, omega-3s
- People with IBS, IBD, and other digestive disorders: probiotics, pre-biotics and fibre supplements, anti-bacterial agents
- Those on medications: vitamin D, multivitamins, CoQ10
- People who drink alcohol above the recommended amount: multivitamin, liver support nutrients, folic acid
- Cigarette smokers: anti-oxidants, vitamin C
- Crash dieters or people on chronic low-calorie diets: multi-vitamin, omega-3s, metabolic and appetite suppression supplements
- Those low in certain blood markers (eg. iron)
- Those with certain health conditions and concerns (eg. heart disease, thyroid issues, PCOS, osteoporosis, etc): Omega-3s, thyroid support, hormonal support, CoQ10, bone health support, blood sugar health support, medical foods
Why NutriProCan dietitians make supplement recommendations?
There are several products in the market that may not meet Canadian standards and may not have gone through the same reliable checks as products from more reputable companies. As a result, there could be less of the active ingredient than claimed, or the product could contain “filler” ingredients harmful to your health. Some ingredients to look out for include Red Dye 40, hydrogenated oils and magnesium silicate. We help clients find research-based supplements and vitamins that meet Canadian standards.
Learn more about supplements on our blog: https://www.nutriprocan.ca/do-you-need-dietary-supplements/
Our Full Assessment includes a review of your current supplements and personalized recommendations based on your situation and needs. In addition, we offer stand-alone 30-minute supplement review consultations.
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