New Product Alert: Boost Your Nutrition with Our Brand New Vitamins!

Article posted in: FreshStart

Here’s the strange paradox of living in the land of plenty: You can be well fed but not well nourished. National government surveys of Americans have found that 40 percent of us don’t get enough of some of the most important nutrients in their diets, including vitamins A, C and E, and minerals calcium and magnesium.

Other studies found in the National Institutes of Health and Nutrition Reviews have found that many of us also have low levels of vitamin D, which could be your best friend when you’re trying to lose weight. Vitamin D helps support bone health, immune health and muscle health.

Can switching to a healthy diet help? Absolutely! You’ve taken the first giant step in that direction by following the Nutrisystem® program, which is nutritionally sound and perfectly balanced. But anytime someone starts a diet that is reduced in calories, they may need to take a vitamin and mineral supplement as extra insurance that they are getting everything they need.

That’s where Nutrisystem has you covered. You’re now able to purchase Nutrisystem Essentials, a system of high quality supplements that will help meet you daily nutrient needs and support your weight loss goals. Two different products are available: One for men and one for women… because men’s and women’s nutritional needs are slightly different.

Here’s what you’ll get with our Nutrisystem Essentials Vitamins Pack:

Multivitamin (1 pill)

The supplements for both men and women contain the powerful antioxidant vitamins A (50 percent of your daily requirement of 700-900 mcg RAE) and vitamin C (100 percent of your daily value of 75-90 mg).  Among other things, antioxidants help fight free radicals that can damage your cells, according to the National Institutes of Health.

vitamin BThe supplement is also loaded with key B vitamins (thiamin, riboflavin niacin, vitamin B6, folate, vitamin B12, pantothenic acid and biotin), supplying from 100 to 600 percent of your daily requirements. According to information published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine, this powerful group of vitamins helps you turn the food you eat into energy to help you motor through your day.

Women of childbearing age must make sure to get enough folate, the B vitamin crucial to making healthy new cells, to prevent risks of certain birth defects. The supplement supplies 167 percent of your daily requirement for folate (400 mcg).

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For men, a key nutrient is lycopene, a plant chemical that provides the red pigment to a variety of fruits and vegetables and is most abundant in tomatoes. It’s the raw material your body uses to make vitamin A. A number of studies cited in the Annual Review of Food Science and Technology have found that consuming tomatoes and tomato products is associated with a healthy prostate. The supplement supplies 0.6 mg of lycopene. There is no recommended daily value for this precursor of vitamin A.

VitaminsBoth versions of the multivitamin also contain 100 milligrams of an essential nutrient called coenzyme Q10 which is found at work all over the body. (Its other name, ubiquinone, is derived from the word “ubiquitous” meaning “found everywhere.”) It plays a key role in generating energy in your cells and, according to the Journal of Pharmacy & BioAllied Sciences, works as a protective antioxidant.

Weight Management Support Supplements (2 pills)

Chromium Picolinate: According to the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews: Plain Language Summaries, without chromium, your body can’t break down the food you eat into molecules that your body can absorb. If you’re dieting, you don’t want to be low on this essential trace element which can promote and support weight control, support weight management, help reduce body fat and preserve leave muscle mass.


One serving (two pills) contains 400 micrograms (mcg) of chromium picolinate. Studies examining the effects of chromium picolinate at this dosage have shown a significant reduction in body fat while preserving lean muscle mass in participants following a diet and exercise program.

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Probiotics: You’re already getting probiotics in your FreshStart™ shakes—specifically Bacillus coagulans GCI-30 6086, a strain that has been clinically shown to support immune and digestive health.

The Weight Management Support Supplements add Lactobacillus Acidophilus La-14 and Bifidobacterian Lactis Bi-07, both of which provide immune support. One international study, published on Wiley Online Library, compared various beneficial bacteria strains in volunteers, these two were particularly effective in producing signs that the immune system was geared up than other strains.

Vitamin D (1 pill)

vitamin DProviding increased support to your immune system is a vitamin D3 supplement. Three-quarters of American teens and adults are deficient in this vitamin, according to a study in a 2009 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. D is known as the “sunshine vitamin” because it’s activated in the skin by the sun’s rays.

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You may know that vitamin D helps calcium build bone and teeth, but what you may not know is that it also bolsters the immune system. D also helps you maintain your blood sugar on an even keel which may keep you from reaching for a sugary pick-me-up during a sugar low, according to the National Institutes of Health. Very few foods contain significant amounts of D, so supplements can fill in the gaps.

The Nutrisystem supplement contains 2000 International Units of vitamin D3, which is 250% of your recommended daily needs.

Omega 3 (1 pill)

Omega 3You’ll also receive an omega-3 fatty acid softgel. Abundant in fish—which is usually not abundant in the American diet—omega 3 fatty acids supply your body with several essential fatty acids that have been studied for their ability to support heart health, according to the National institutes of Health. The supplement contains two essential fatty acids: Eicospentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Experts haven’t established any recommended levels for these nutrients, but the Nutrisystem supplement contains 180 mg of EPA and 120 mg of DHA from fish oil concentrate.

Ready to change your life with our balanced meal plan and Nutrisystem Essentials? Get started today >

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