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. On the other hand, who actually 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 definitely 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. They are not intended to replace real food in a balanced eating plan. However, when the foods you eat don’t give you the nutrients your body needs or include enough of 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 be peeing out what your body doesn’t absorb.
Who manufactures your supplements also matters. Supplements are regulated as food instead of pharmaceuticals. This means that the ingredients do not have to be tested to support what’s on the label and there is now a flood of cheap and ineffective supplements on the store shelves, some with potentially toxic or harmful ingredients to those with allergies.
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 quickly 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
When it comes to 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 when it comes to supplements to ensure you receive the maximum benefit without the waste. The majority of people do not know that where the materials come from used for supplements matters greatly. For example, supplements that include fish products can be full of mercury or come from fish that are endangered. Choose products made from fish that are certified by organizations such as the Marine Stewardship Council. 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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