Choosing Supplements That Work For You
Many vitamins and nutrients are necessary for a healthy life, but you may not be getting enough of them. Deciding whether or not you need vitamin supplements is difficult enough, and given the vast amount of brands and products, choosing the right supplement can make your decision even more confusing.
Talk to a dietitian about what vitamins and nutrients you may be lacking in your diet and talk to your doctor about whether or not taking supplements is right for you.
Consider your lifestyle and diet. Vitamin supplements, as you may have guessed, are meant to provide any vitamins and minerals that are lacking in your diet. Track what you eat to see if there are specific vitamins and minerals lacking in your diet, and look for supplements that include those nutrients.
- If you are vegetarian or vegan, for instance, some key nutrients like vitamin B12 are mostly found in animal products. In this case, you will want to take vegan B12 supplements.
- It may be helpful to track what you eat for a week, then bring this information to a dietitian to assess what vitamins you might need to supplement.
- Be mindful of other health considerations. If you have an existing medical condition, such as chronic muscle pain, acne, depression, high blood pressure, and so on, you may want to consider vitamins that have been known to help alleviate the symptoms of your
Choosing a Quality Product
Select a whole food supplement. While standard multivitamins, taken as instructed, are considered to have health benefits, you may want to consider a whole food supplement.
Standard multivitamins contain several isolated and processed ingredients that are selected by the manufacturer. Whole food multivitamins, on the other hand, are derived naturally from whole foods, and are considered a healthier way to get vital nutrients if you aren’t getting these nutrients from your diet.
- Consider whole food multivitamins specialized for your gender or age.
- Specialized formulas may include women’s formulas, men’s formulas, senior formulas, and prenatal formulas.
Be sure it is something the body needs. Always ask yourself, “Do I really need this?” These needs should be met by a low dose, natural whole-food supplement containing the correct balance of nutrients.
Although each nutrient has its own specific function in the body, nutrients tend to work together synergistically. They help one another. And because nutrients work together, they need to be taken in a balanced formula, not just in isolation.
You should take appropriate amounts in correct proportion to one another to get the most out of them. It is rare for an individual to need a single-nutrient supplement or a supplement that contains stimulants, hormones or hormone precursors.
Under normal circumstances, the body should be able to make adequate amounts of hormones when provided with adequate nutrition.
Look for supplements in capsule form.
The nutrients in capsules are more available to the body than tablets.
Tablets often have binding agents and a protective coating added, which make it difficult for the body to absorb the nutrients. Even if the tablet dissolves, the nutrients in the tablet are often inactive. The processing techniques used to put nutrients into tablet form require extreme temperatures and/or pressures to compress the ingredients, which destroy the vitamins, enzymes and food complexes rendering them useless to the body.
Capsules are created under much milder conditions allowing the nutrients to stay in their original form and remain available to the body.
Consider the source of the nutrients. Nutrients like Vitamin A and Calcium are most often found in animal products, such as meat, dairy, and fish oils. If you are vegan or vegetarian, many stores and websites sell supplements specifically targeted towards vegans and vegetarians
Don’t play the milligram game. It makes no difference how much of a nutrient is contained in a supplement if it isn’t absorbed and if it isn’t in a form that can be used by the body.
Avoid supplements that play the numbers game and advertise large amounts (milligrams) of nutrients.
Guaranteeing the ingredients are available to the cells of the body is more important than how much of a nutrient is listed on a supplement label. A rock contains large amounts (in milligrams) of a variety of minerals, but those minerals are not available for use by the body if you eat the rock.
To be sure the nutrients in your supplement are in a usable form, choose whole food vitamins, amino acid chelated minerals, plant enzymes and stabilized probiotics.
Read the ingredients. After you have determined what vitamins and nutrients you need, carefully read the label on the package to identify what nutrients are included and how much of those nutrients you get with each serving
Avoid supplements that contain more than 100% DV, as some nutrients, taken in large doses, can be dangerous to your health over time.
Think about convenience. This is where multivitamins come in handy. If you find you need several nutrients, you will find it’s more convenient (and less expensive!) to take a whole food multivitamin rather than taking several individual supplements.
Look for supplements that ensure cellular delivery. Cellular delivery is the key to true nutrition. If a nutrient cannot reach the cells that need it, it is useless. To achieve cellular delivery, a nutrient delivery system must be included as part of the supplement.
An effective nutrient delivery system will include the specific enzymes that are required for a nutrient to be absorbed and delivered to the cells of the body.
The delivery system should also include the necessary nutrient cofactors and minerals required for those enzymes to function optimally. Look for phrases such as “guaranteed nutrient delivery” , “guaranteed cellular delivery” , or “assured cellular delivery” on the label.
Keep in mind it is possible to overdose on certain vitamins.
Fat-soluble vitamins, such as vitamins A, D, E, and K, are stored in your body and excess is not eliminated when you urinate, as with water-soluble vitamins. This means it is possible to, over time, have dangerous levels of these vitamins in your body, leading to toxicity
- If the supplement contains high doses of only one nutrient, stimulants (caffeine, ephedra, guarana, or ma huang), hormones (e.g. growth hormone, testosterone, estrogen, progesterone) or hormone precursors (androsteinedione), you probably don’t need it.
- Avoid supplements that contain dangerous ingredients such as artificial coloring, hydrogenated oils, talc, or titanium dioxide.
Shop from a reputable vendor. There are also hundreds of websites where you can purchase supplements, but it can be very difficult to verify the quality of these products.
Follow instructions from the producer.
Follow the dosage instructions on the vitamin’s label. It is important not to take more than recommended.
Your vitamins will also have suggestions on how best to take them, whether as soon as you wake up, on a full stomach, or with a glass of water. Follow these instructions for best results.
Check the label for frequency. Some vitamins are taken once a week, while others are taken multiple times per day. Read the labels on your vitamins to find out when you should take them.
The most common needs are multi-vitamin, multi-mineral, antioxidants, flora and enzymes.
You may want to set a reminder on your phone or computer to make sure you take the vitamins at correct time.
- Remember that many foods are fortified with vitamins, so take this into account before taking supplements.
- Identify your health goals with your doctor. Your doctor will help you develop a personalized health plan, which may or may not include supplements.
- Be smart with your money. Some supplements are more expensive than others, especially those that advertise a “quick fix.” Additives such as herbs are generally unnecessary, and can also make a supplement more expensive.
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Disclaimer: The information contained in this and subsequent articles are not intended in any way to be medical advice but is to be used for information only. This information should not be used as a substitute for professional treatment. Always check with your doctor before taking any supplements as they might interfere with prescribed medication but also for medical purposes the doctor might want to increase or decrease the dosage of the supplement.