Supplements & Wellness

Sprouted from the goodness of the earth…

And inspired by our deep concern for your body’s well being, Pete’s supplements department combines all natural health and beauty products, with a passionate, experienced staff. Not sure what you may be lacking?  Here’s a glance at our most commonly requested supplements.

supplementsVitamin B12

Vitamin B12 is found in animal products and fortified soy products. Vegans may need to take a supplement.

Zinc

Zinc plays a role in growth, wound healing and protection from disease.

Plant-based zinc sources

  • Oat bran and wheat germ
  • Soy and soy products
  • Nuts and seeds such as peanuts, sesame seeds, cashews, brazil nuts, flax seed and nut and seed butters
  • Whole grains and fortified cereals.

Calcuim

Calcium is critical for building and maintaining strong teeth and bones.

Plant-based calcium sources

  • Fortified milk alternatives such as rice milk, almond milk and soy milk.
  • Tofu
  • Fortified beverages such as orange juice
  • Lower amounts found in dark green vegetables such as kale, spinach, bok choy, broccoli, turnip and collard greens

Vitamin D

Vitamin D aids in the absorption of calcium.

Plant-based vitamin D sources

  • Fortified soy, almond and rice milk (check label)
  • Margarine
  • Sun exposure

*Many non-vegetarians are not getting enough vitamin D and should consider taking a supplement.

Omega-3

Omega-3: plays a role in heart health, as well as, brain and eye development.

Plant- based of omega-3 sources

  • Ground flax seed and flax seed oil
  • Canola oil
  • Walnuts
  • Tofu and soybeans

*It is challenging to get enough omega-3 from the sources listed above! Most vegetarians would benefit from a supplement.

The Bottom Line

Follow Canada’s food guide and ensure variety with more focus on foods providing all the nutrients listed above. Talk to your doctor or a registered dietitian for guidance on your diet and prior to taking any supplements.

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