There is much conflicting information about vitamin and mineral supplements these days–what to take, how much, and if they’re even needed. On one hand, we’re told we don’t need them if we eat a balanced diet. Who eats a 100% balanced diet, ALL of the time? Somewhere in there is a happy medium where our diet and the supplements we take do what they’re supposed to do.
There is a place for supplements as part of a healthy lifestyle. Their purpose is to fill in gaps in your overall nutrition or “supplement” your diet. We do not intend them to replace proper food in a balanced eating plan. However, when the foods you eat don’t give you the nutrients your body needs or include enough essential nutrients like vitamin D, calcium, vitamin B12, and potassium, a supplement can help.
If you’re not sure what to take or how much to take, or what brand to take, and if that matters, a daily multivitamin is a good place to start. Choose one that provides 100% or less of the Daily Value (DV). Too much of any nutrient means you could pee out what your body doesn’t absorb.
Who manufactures your supplements also matters. They regulate supplements as food instead of pharmaceuticals. This means the ingredients are not tested to support what’s on the label. There is now a flood of cheap and ineffective supplements on the store shelves, some with toxic or harmful ingredients to those with allergies.
Tips To Choose The Right Supplement
Here are a few tips for choosing a vitamin or mineral supplement:
- GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) compliant manufacturer (highest possible standard for vitamins)
- Marked bioavailability–means the body can absorb it so you don’t pee it out an hour later
- Clear contact information
- Marked with an expiration date to confirm product freshness
- Money-back guarantee
With supplements, inexpensive most often means lower quality so do your research. Purchase them from a nutrition store or a healthcare provider, like your chiropractor, that sells supplements from reputable manufacturers such as Douglas Laboratories, Bio-Alternatives, or Country Life. Quality matters for supplements to ensure you receive the maximum benefit without the waste. Most people do not know that where the materials come from used for supplements matters. For example, supplements that include fish products can be full of mercury or come from endangered fish. Email us and we will send you the Natural Health Product Comparison (3rd Party Testing) to see how your supplement brand performs.
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