Believe it or not, our plant-based eating habits may not be the be all, end all of good health. It’s sad really, because the fact of the matter is, our over processed farming soils are not as nutrient dense as they were 50 years ago, which has had a huge impact on our fruits and vegetables. We’ve always believed that eating the right foods, grown in the right ways can heal almost any ailment or beauty concern, but sometimes, your body needs the kind of boost that only supplements can provide. The issue is, not all supplements are created equal. Many are filled with fillers and artificial additives that end up doing more harm than good. To navigate the murky waters of the supplement world, we ask Jules Miller, founder of our favorite supplement brand, The Nue Co., and The Nue Co.’s official Medical Advisor, Dr. Tiffany Lester, to weigh in.
Jules MillerFounder of The Nue Co.
The Moment: What differentiates The Nue Co. products from other supplement brands?
Miller: Simplicity – rather than synthetic actives, bulking agents and fillers, we use organic foods and powerful prebiotics and probiotics to deliver highly absorbable supplements.
When you look at our ingredients we use five, maybe six ingredients, rather than thirty plus. This way we ensure that each ingredient does what it’s supposed to, instead of delivering a trace element or cancelling another out.
We also don’t look, feel or act like a supplement brand – we set out to redefine the category, to create products that you could engage with in the same way you would your favorite beauty brand.
The Moment: What are the biggest things/ ingredients to look out for when shopping supplements?
Miller: Next time you’re browsing supplements, flip the bottle and have a look at what you’re actually taking.
Common ingredients in off-the-shelf supplements include hydrogenated oils, artificial colours or flavourings, magnesium stearate or titanium dioxide – all things you’d want to think twice before consuming. It’s these elements that cause the familiar most-supplement-nausea, as your body struggles to digest synthetic ingredients.
The Moment: Personally we are HUGE fans of the Pea Protein from Nue Co. as it really increases our energy throughout the day. What are some of the results others have seen with The Nue Co.?
Miller: Results can really vary from person to person – we’re the first to point out that what works for one person, may not work for another. Overall, people tend to see an improvement in their skin clarity, energy, digestion and some also report better sleep.
There’s research emerging weekly about the far-reaching benefits of prebiotics and probiotics, it’s a very exciting time.
The Moment: What is the best way to absorb the full benefits of The Nue Co.? Should we be taking with certain foods or at specific times of day?
Miller: For optimal results, I recommend taking daily. Find something that works for you and stick to it. Personally, I take Plant Protein + Gut Food and Skin Food + Prebiotic every morning mixed with some almond milk. I do it first thing, then grab a coffee – it’s such a routine that something feels off if I don’t do it.
You can also take them as and when you feel you need it. For example, I usually have a spoonful of Debloat Food + Prebiotic after a heavy dinner, and I often reach for the Milk Protein + Gut Food mid-afternoon for an energy boost.
Dr. Tiffany LesterMedical Director of Parsley Health San Francisco and The Nue Co. Medical Advisor
The Moment: What is a dietary supplement?
Dr. Lester: A supplement is any vitamin, mineral, herb, or antioxidant that is taken internally or topically to enhance the body’s metabolic function and/or treat imbalances/deficiencies. In my clinical practice I have found that most people don’t really benefit from just taking a multivitamin. We are all a N of 1. Identifying specific nutrient deficiencies and assessing gut health which affects absorption of the nutrients is more effective long term.
The Moment: Who should take dietary supplements?
Dr. Lester: I believe everyone can benefit from taking supplements no matter how healthy their diet is or how much they exercise. In our modern world, our bodies are under constant bombardment from outside stressors while at the same time not allowing adequate time for recovery. On top of that, even the healthiest foods are lacking key nutrients because of the soil they are grown in. So that alone is not enough to maintain health and create vitality in our bodies.
The Moment: What’s your number one The Nue Co. product?
Dr. Lester: Currently my number one product is the Skin Food. I have it sitting on my desk and will mix it with 2 oz. of warm water and take a shot before lunch. The prebiotic inulin helps to regulate my blood sugar since I tend to eat my highest carbohydrate load at lunch. The fact that it also brightens my skin and boosts collagen is an extra bonus!
The Moment: One of the biggest questions we get involving supplements is, what changes to look out for. How can we know the supplements we are consuming are the factor making our skin better or giving us more energy, etc.?
It’s important to not make too many changes at once. While it’s true that changing your diet and increasing your exercise minutes can have positive synergistic effects on your health, it can be difficult to tell what is actually moving the needle forward. Working with a doctor who can help you prioritize when and how to introduce supplements into your regime is key to track changes over time.
The Moment: Why do so many supplement companies use fillers instead of active ingredients?
Dr. Lester: The supplement industry unfortunately is not regulated by the FDA like drugs. Therefore many companies cut corners. In 2015, a study done by an outside party tested supplements from major stores like Target, GNC, and Costco. 4 out of 5 of the supplements did not contain any of the herbs on their labels. Even worse, the fillers that were added included ingredients like powdered legumes and wheat. When I work with patients in my private practice, I am often counseling people to avoid these ingredients that may contribute to chronic inflammation and disease. They could be eating the healthiest diet and managing their stress well but still not see results. It’s remarkable to see my patients get better simply by improving the quality of their supplements. This is why companies like The Nue Co. is so needed because they get this overlooked issue on a fundamental level.
Probiotics introduce good, beneficial bacteria to the gut. They balance out the bad to keep your body working as it should.
Prebiotics are specialized plant fibers that nourish the good bacteria already in the large bowel or colon. Prebiotics act as a fertilizer for the good bacteria that is already present in the gut.
A naturally occurring, indigestible carbohydrate that boosts digestion, improves gut health, and increases calcium absorption.
Photo courtesy of The Nue Co.