6 Supplement Trends to Watch in 2021
If you have been looking into ways to enhance your body’s ability to function this year, you are not alone. Global health concerns, rising stress levels, an increasing focus on personal care and wellness, and a conscious decision to improve preventive care efforts have meant many people are now looking into the vitamins and supplements they need to support optimal health.
The truth is that with so many options on the market – and from a seemingly endless number of sources – it can be difficult to know which to take. This guide is designed to help you weed through the trends to understand which may beneficial to you.
How to Choose a Reputable Supplement Provider
The first thing to keep in mind when choosing supplements is that not all are created equal. Manufacturers use various approaches to keep their items in production, and there is a lot of competition in the space. That means some of the more cost-conscious ones employ tactics like sourcing lower-quality ingredients or using unnecessary fillers.
Here are some things to keep in mind.
High-quality supplement manufacturers source their ingredients to ensure you are getting the most effective product.
You get what you pay for.
Affordability may seem like a great idea when you’re at checkout, but these products are often extremely affordable for a reason: the ingredients in them might not be as good, or the production process might not be as high-quality as you’d expect.
You should be able to talk to a human.
You may have questions before purchasing supplements to put in your body. You should always be able to speak with a qualified, knowledgeable representative who can discuss your needs and advise you with recommendations.
You should be able to find information about the company.
Online presence can be a good indicator of whether something is reputable (but this isn't always true). Those with little-to-no data about their operations, mission, products, contact options, or other details tend to be less invested in their customers. Look for a company that offers robust product descriptions, recommendations in the form of blog or social media posts, and the option to set up appointments to discuss your needs with qualified professionals.
Remember, you are embarking on a supplement regimen to further your health. The last thing you want to do is choose options that will do nothing for you but drain your wallet. Always do your research and speak with a qualified professional about any questions before jumping into any new health routine.
6 Supplement Trends in 2021
This year has already seen some interesting trends in the health and wellness space, and that includes vitamin and supplement trends. Here are some of the most prevalent.
1. Immune Health
Global health crises and seasonal flus or allergies have people looking for natural ways to boost their immune system and improve their body's ability to fight off germs. That has meant an increase in those interested in supplements such as Pathway Vitamin A & D and Pathway Opti-Zinc to keep their immunity levels optimized. The former provides 10,000 IU of vitamin A and 400 IU of vitamin D3 from fish liver oil to improve immune function and prevent inflammation.
Similarly to the immune health focus, people also seem to be more interested in natural ways to reduce their stress levels amid the recent chaos of shifting work schedules, time management issues, overlapping work-life situations, ongoing health concerns and other large-scale stressors. This has led to an increase in supplements such as Pathway Adrenal Support and Pathway Relaxation Support, each of which offers health benefits like bolstering and balancing the body’s ability to deal with stress.
3. Skin, Hair and Beauty
Consumers are also reaching for supplements that improve their appearance more than in the past, and that includes options such as the Pathway Collagen Peptides, Pathway Biotin and Pathway Evening Primrose Oil. These supplements provide support to improve skin, hair and nail health.
4. Heart Health
A growing number of people appear to be more focused on their heart health as well, perhaps a result of some of the cardiovascular-related side effects seen in those who contracted the COVID-19 virus. This has led to an uptick in interest in heart-health supplements, including the Cardio Support formula, Cholesterol Support formula, Blood Pressure Support formula, and Pathway Super Omega-3, among others. Such heart supportive supplements may help reduce the risk of atherosclerosis and arteriosclerosis, as well as help prevent cell damage, lower the risk of heart disease, and assist in controlling high blood pressure.
5. Mental Health and Vitamin D
A change in priorities appears to have taken hold for many consumers, especially those interested in improving their mental health and reducing symptoms of depression, anxiety and other mood disorders. Research is increasingly proving a connection between vitamin D and mental wellness, including that a deficiency in the “sunshine vitamin” may lead to depression, reduced cognitive function, poor bone health, decreased metabolic function and reduced immune health. Vitamin D comes in softgels and liquid for easy addition to any diet.
6. Supplements for All Ages
Another supplement trend likely brought about by the shift in focus from treating conditions as they arise to working to prevent them, is that more supplements for certain age groups are emerging. While children have had their own versions of multivitamins for decades, parents are now looking into the appropriate dosages and formulations for other wellness-focused remedies such as probiotics, immune-boosting supplements like echinacea and elderberry, stress relief options, and more.
It is important to consult with a nutrition expert before starting any new supplement routine, especially if you are unsure which blends are right for you. Get expert advice from the team at Village Green Apothecary, your go-to source for all of your nutritional supplement needs. Reach out to set up an appointment with one of our nutrition advisors today.
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