As we can see from 2020 so far, keeping a healthy mind and body comes with some obstacles we didn’t know could get in the way of us living a wellness lifestyle! Health and wellness trends come and go, and there is always some new diet to be looking out, but we think that these 8 products and trends are worth adding to your routine for the long-term.
Keep reading for a deep look at supplement benefits like collagen, CBD, MCT’s, and even - watermelon seeds?! ___________________________________________________________________________
An essential structural component of the body, collagen is found in so many placed of the body we want to keep healthy and strong: connective tissues, skin, bone, cartilage, ligaments, hair, and even blood vessels. As a dietary supplement, collagen can be derived from fish, eggshell membrane, or various animal sources. Collagen is commonly used to support skin, nail, and hair health, and even treat degenerative issues such as joint pain. In 2019, consumer reports have seen collagen as one of the top three selling dietary supplement ingredients, and we don’t see this loosing any momentum here soon!
Edible mushrooms and mushroom extracts are edible fungi with therapeutic and nutritional benefits. While there are numerous varieties, reishi and cordyceps are expected to be the two largest growing mushroom supplements in the coming years. In addition to traditional supplement forms such as capsules and liquid tinctures, mushrooms are now being manufactured as functional foods and beverages, and even being used in the cosmetics industry for their anti-aging and moisturizing effects.
Watermelon seeds at their core have been seen to offer an array of micronutrients such as copper, zinc, potassium, magnesium, iron and folic acid. They are also rich in amino acids, proteins and vitamin B complex. They are linked to stronger immunity and better health, with magnesium helping with hypertension and improving heart health. Consuming watermelon seed extracts daily could contribute to boosting heart health and maintaining blood pressure.
Watermelon seed oil is even known to be used within cosmetics products to treat the early signs of aging. Packed with antioxidants, these seeds provide the skin with a healthier slow due to the presence of fatty acids. When used within food supplements, you ensure the skin is receiving the micronutrient benefits throughout the body, just not on the skin.
Here at wellday.today we have talked at length about the benefits of CBD, CBG, as well as the many phytocannabinoids that hemp can produce. CBD is known as the major phytocannabinoid naturally occurring in the hemp plant and is used so widely because it does not produce psychoactive effects. CBD can affect body processes and induce health effects through its interaction with the endocannabinoid system. Today, people of all ages and genders use CBD and other hemp oils for a range of needs, from decreasing stress and anxiety to promoting bodily function and even decreasing pain.
Medium-chain Triglycerides (MCT)
If you keep up at all with the current diet trends, people boasting about ketogenic lifestyles or intermittent fasting have probably mentioned MCT’s to you. Derived from coconut oil or palm oil, MCTs are a type of fatty acid that has been shown to support weight management, reduce inflammation, and promote brain health. You can find MCT’s in a variety of different forms, from coffee creamers, to even tinctures!
Fruit and Vegetable Powders
Powders are quickly becoming a firm favorite with consumers due to their creative flavors and bigger blends of nutrients in one small serving. The whole fruit and vegetable powder movement has slowly increased people’s average consumption of fruit and vegetables due to their convenience and longer shelf life compared to fresh alternatives. Across the next year or two, it’s safe to say that we could see numerous fruit and vegetables turned into powder for nutrition, flavor and texture within food supplements.
The increasing trend sees superfood powders such as acai berry, goji berry, cranberry, and so many more being placed into both beauty powders and sports nutrition products due to their added benefits.
Prebiotics are a type of dietary fiber known as “a nondigestible compound” and through digestion changes the gut environment and activity, or the “microbiota”. All that to say, the taking of a prebiotic has enormous benefits to someone wanting to feel a little more tummy-happy. Examples of prebiotic labels to look for are “inulin”, “fructooligosaccharides” (FOS), “galactooligosaccharide” (GOS), and “beta-glucans”.
Moringa powder is derived from moringa leaves, a tree found in Africa and Asia, and is said to be one of the most nutrient rich plants in the world. Providing a spinach green flavor, it is often found within greens blends and rich smoothies within the health and wellness industry.
Moringa contains 25% plant protein including 9 essential amino acids, fibre rich and a good source of vitamins K, E, A and Calcium. As moringa is a natural source of these nutrients, it is highly bioavailable, so our bodies absorb the benefits easier than taking synthetic supplements.
Being high in iron, moringa is often ideal for vegan diets lacking in it and is fantastic for reducing tiredness and fatigue. Moringa also has one of the highest antioxidant contents of any food. Antioxidants are essential for protecting, repairing and preventing cell damage, protecting the cells from free radicals.
Comment below some of the new supplements you’re looking to add to your diet, or what you have already begun to swear by!