Best Supplements to Buy at Trader Joe's, Says Dietitian
Supplements can be a great addition to an overall healthy diet and can help fill nutrition gaps if your diet is not as balanced as you would like it to be. And since many of us are shopping at Trader Joe's—one of the most popular grocery stores in America—snagging some supplemental "help" is as simple as taking a trip to the supplement section at the cult-favorite grocery store.
Trader Joe's supplements are all of great quality and are budget-friendly thanks to their lack of a "middle man" during the distribution process.
From pills to powders, there are numerous supplement options that fall under the Trader Joe's brand name. Among the sea of options, here are 8 that you should definitely be checking out next time you run in for a bag of cauliflower gnocchi or a bottle of Everything But The Bagel seasoning. Read on, and for more on how to eat healthy, don't miss Best Supplements to Take Every Day, According to a Dietitian.
Synergistic C Vitamin Complex—$5.99
This vitamin C supplement isn't like any run-of-the-mill option. This supplement contains four components that all work synergistically to support overall health: ascorbic acid (vitamin C), a bioflavonoid complex from lemon peel and pulp, hesperidin (a bioflavonoid naturally found in citrus foods), and rutin (another natural bioflavonoid).
Most of us know that vitamin C intake can support a healthy immune system. But taking this nutrient in with other bioflavonoids can possibly have a complementary effect—AKA they can both make each other more effective when they are taken together.
Many of us need a little extra sleep support, and taking a melatonin supplement is just what the sleep doctor ordered. This chewable supplement contains a whopping 3 milligrams of melatonin, which is the dose used in many clinical trials that highlight this supplement's positive effect on sleep.
Since it is estimated that almost 40% of Americans are deficient in vitamin D, it makes sense to consider supplementing this key nutrient. While our bodies can synthesize vitamin D when our skin is exposed to sunlight, many of us are either slathering on sunscreen or are spending the bulk of our days indoors and not allowing the rays to do its job.
The Trader Joe's Vitamin D supplements deliver this nutrient in the D3 form, which is the preferred form among the medical community (as opposed to the D2 form). If you find that you are not getting as much outdoor time as you should, you may want to consider tossing a bottle of these vitamin D supplements in your grocery cart.
While you can add turmeric to your recipes, you likely won't get the right dose to have a huge effect on your health. Taking the Trader Joe's Turmeric supplement guarantees that your body will be fueled with 500 mg of this impressive spice—the quantity used in the medical literature.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids—$10.99
While all omega-3 fatty acids can support aspects of our health, getting enough omegas from marine sources—think DHA and EPA—is especially important, as these fatty acids have been linked to helping support heart health, brain health, and may even help people reduce the risk of experiencing early death.
The Trader Joe's Omega-3 Fatty Acids contain 400 mg of EPA and 300 mg of DHA, making them a great supplement for people who aren't too keen on eating seafood regularly.
Calcium, Magnesium, and Zinc—$3.99
Many of us know that calcium is an important mineral for supporting bone health and reducing osteoporosis risk. But calcium isn't the only nutrient on the bone-building block, as magnesium and zinc play important roles as well.
In fact, about 60% of the magnesium we have in our bodies is stored in bone tissue. And many studies show that a magnesium deficiency is linked to osteoporosis risk.
Zinc is another unsung hero in the bone health department, as this mineral is required for normal skeletal growth and promotes bone regeneration.
Trader Joe's Calcium, Magnesium, and Zinc combo is a great addition for anybody who wants to help their bones stay strong for as long as possible. Which when it comes down to it, isn't that everyone?
Chocolate flavored Designer Whey protein powder—$11.99
With only 2 grams of sugars, 20 grams of protein, a blend of live probiotics, and three grams of dietary fiber per serving, this protein powder supplement is a fantastic addition to smoothies, coffee drinks, and any recipes that need a little extra protein boost. Plus, the taste of this powder is fantastic and it dissolves incredibly well in most liquids.
For people who are looking for a cost-effective and tasty protein powder, Trader Joe's whey protein powder will certainly fit the bill, as per can, you get 11 servings of protein powder for just over one dollar per serving. Not too shabby.
Probiotic Women's Formula—$9.99
There are probably more probiotic supplement options out there than there are stars in the sky. And among the choices out there, Trader Joe's Probiotic Women's Formula is a prime choice for females. (Related: Best Supplements for Women, According to Dietitians.)
Women have unique needs when it comes to supporting the microbiome and tend to benefit from being exposed to a wide variety of lactobacillus strains, especially if they have a history of recurrent urinary tract infection (UTI).
This supplement also contains prebiotic fiber from fructooligosaccharides to help fuel the live probiotics. And the D-Mannose and cranberry juice concentrate may help reduce UTI risk too.
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