My mom has been hounding me to take vitamins. Vitamin D in particular. Family genetics seem to indicate that taking a Vitamin D supplement would be a good idea. That plus the fact that I spend 90% of my time indoors.
I’ve been taking an iron supplement for my anemia (which is getting much better, thanks for asking). Then, because iron can block calcium absorption, my doctor suggested I also start taking a calcium supplement. And since Vitamin D pairs up nicely with calcium, helping your body absorb what it needs (as my mom pointed out), I probably should be taking that too.
Then there’s the fact that I feel like my brain is a useless puddle of Swiss cheese. When the anemia was really severe, my short term memory took a hit. I still feel a bit like I’m climbing out of a pit, and I figure my body needs all the help I can give it. My mom has been suggesting that I start taking fish oil, since that’s supposed to help with “brain health” and “cognitive function”. My feelings on this fall somewhere between “it can’t hurt” and “she’s probably right”.
So, when Sundown Naturals® reached out to me about partnering to help announce their launch into Canada, I said yes. Go ahead and send me some Vitamin D, send me some Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil. I thought to myself, “Ok, I should probably do this” (and to be honest I was also thinking, “Great, this will get my mom to stop nagging me.”)
Sundown Naturals® is a well established brand of vitamins and supplements, which is newly available in Canada. The big thing here is what these vitamins don’t have. All of their products are non-GMO (and they’re the first broad line vitamin sold in pharmacies that is 100% non-GMO). They contain no artificial colours or flavours. They have no preservatives. They are free of gluten and wheat, and they have no dairy or lactose in them. 100% free of the stuff you don’t want, 100% of the time.
I had never considered vitamins as being something that might have gluten in them. Now, a product being gluten free isn’t a big deal for me, personally. However, for my mom and others like her, gluten free is critical. My mom was diagnosed with Celiac Sprue when I was a wee kid. So, I grew up in a household where gluten free products were the norm. And even now, a couple of decades later, gluten free products are always on my radar.
With going gluten free becoming trendier in the past decade, I have noticed some really odd products being labelled as gluten free. Things that to the best of my knowledge should never contain gluten. I get it; cross contamination is an issue. But I still cringe every time I run into things like guacamole, eggs, coffee, or butter that are labelled gluten free. My mom and my sister and I usually have a good laugh about it.
Until now, I had never considered vitamins as a possible source of gluten. I wondered if this was one of those silly “everything is now gluten free” marketing gimmicks, or if gluten in your vitamins was a legit concern. I called up my mom and asked her, “Gluten in vitamins… is that a thing? Do you have to check the labels on the vitamins you buy?”
Now here’s where things get interesting. It turns out that my mom has never looked at her vitamins to see if they contained gluten, and it just so happens that there can be gluten in vitamins. Given that my mom has been living with Celiac Disease for over thirty years it was pretty shocking to discover that there was a source of gluten that she wasn’t aware of.
So that’s the story of how I ended up teaching my mom a new thing she needs to watch out for when shopping, and also completely sold her on Sundown Naturals® as her first choice in vitamins. This was supposed to be all about my mom taking care of me, and helping encourage me to take supplements, and it ended up being about me helping to take care of her. Weird how things can go, eh?
Check out the Sundown Naturals® website for further information on which of their products are available in Canada and where you can buy them.
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Sundown Naturals®. As always my words and opinions are my own.