Best Daily Supplements:

When we think about taking a supplement to our diets most of us automatically think about a vitamin of some sort, right?

That is a fair assumption, how many of us know if it does us any good or not? With so much information on the subject; coming from the opinions of successful Doctors, Nurses, and people in the healthcare system.

Which ones are we supposed to listen too? If you are like me; it is confusing, which can lead to just throwing up your hands and walking away!

But if we were to do that; no question would get answered nor would any concern be addressed. The prudent person will need to examine the information being presented and go from there.

The best Vitamins will Contain the following.

Let us take a quick look at the essential ingredients we need daily:

Vitamin D for the absorption of other essential vitamins and minerals also helps reduce pain and sickness.

Magnesium which aids in calming nerves; balances blood sugar levels; making protein, bones, and DNA.

Calcium all of our mothers taught us makes stronger bones and it helps to strengthen the heart too!

Zinc supports our immune systems and helps us to process carbs and fat into energy.

Iron helps our brains to function right, promote healthy red blood cells and increased energy levels.

Folic Acid reduces inflammation, increased resistance to depression and better nail growth.

Super B Complex generally helps the body function correctly with an additional energy boost.

Vitamin C is needed for general healing, forming blood vessels, muscles, cartilage, etc.

Fiber to provide bulk for better digestion and prevent constipation.

How to determine the benefits?

What is the first thing that we look for to indicate we are getting the most from our supplements?

Can you see or feel a difference after starting to take them? Of course; if there is an immediate improvement, one would have to take note. But is that a good indication? Chasing feelings can be misleading; better to back up the results with some tests.

There are tests you can get from your doctor to see if your vitamin and mineral levels are in the correct ranges. While these types of analysis can be expensive, the weight that against the cost of your health, if you always go around guessing, how can you make the right call?


It makes a difference when you take that step and find out the results and start dealing with fact instead of feeling.

When we get the results in, a consultation with your Doctor is the prudent thing to do. They can help to guide you in the right direction and suggest the right types of supplements you need to be taking.

That information is known than the nutrition facts can be compared from one brand to the next.

Just because of the fundamental differences in everyone’s biological makeup, we can safely assume that every supplement is going to have a different effect on each person that takes them.

This difference means that it is more difficult to come to a rational, unbiased, and useful opinion. Diligence is the word coming to mind here; by using it with some patients, the answers will come to us.

Taking a look at the quality of the product, the reputation of the company producing the product to verify it is a legitimate company, and they have good business practices. After all what good is the information on their label if you cannot trust that it is believable?

Now let us direct our attention toward the cost of the supplement.

Evaluate the cost vs. the absorption factor.

Are we all used to seeing things graded for all kinds of reasons right?

What is the number one thing most of us look at when considering the value of a supplement?

It probably starts with the cost of the bottle, but there is so much more to it than that:

  1. How many doses are there in the bottle?
  2. Using the recommended dose how long will the bottle last?
  3. What is the type of ingredients, what are the absorption rates?
  4. Do you take time to do some research or just take the advice of a friend? Many do the latter…
  5. Does it contain all the things you need to take? Are there extra benefits built into the supplement?
  6. Can the recommended dosage be reduced to increase the length of time between purchasing another bottle? This one can really reduce the cost of the supplement…
Studies and Graphs

In studying these questions or concerns; some real options present itself if we pay attention and look for alternatives.

One of the most critical points to discuss here is the absorption factor. That is what determines the real value to your body; even if the ingredients are the purest in the world if your body does not absorb them before it passes through your digestive system… all you did was waste some money, right down the toilet!

Nobody wants to flush money down the toilet that is just wasting money and making the real cost of the vitamin go up.

Some bottles are labeled having all the ingredients we need; printed right there on the side, which makes them look good, but they are in tab form, pressed so hard, it will not digest very well, and you end up getting very little in your body.

Not a very good value!

Then there is the taste that poor quality supplements can leave in your mouth!

Does it leave an aftertaste?

A lousy aftertaste is a real deal-breaker for me! Over the years, there have been many products that I have tried, that came to my attention with the best recommendations, have all the scientific data to substantiate their claims.

Bad Taste

Many have even made me feel better; initially, but I could not take the aftertaste it left with me or the taste that would come up hours later through a burp… just plain nasty!

The kind of aftertaste that keeps coming back up even after it has been hours since you took it last.

Sometimes this effect can be identified through the recommendations of other people, but it is best to try it out for yourself to see how it reacts in your system.

The people who stand to gain from you buying the product have themselves in an awkward position, and their integrity will determine how much stock you can put in their opinion.  

Look for the best solution for you!

Remember the only real answer is the one that satisfies your needs, or what you and your Doctor come up with that meets your requirements.

That information can lead to a better life and save you some money along the way. All it takes is focusing some energy on the research and not letting all the wrong information get you discouraged.

14 comments on “Best Daily Supplements:

  • Stella says:

    Hey Chad;

    Thank-you for all of this extra info about supplements. I have digestive issues and over the years I’ve had to do a lot of research, plus work with my doctors to get everything I need to stay healthy. You’ve given me some other points to consider here. Also, I agree about the aftertaste. I can’t handle that either when I’m taking something every day.

    One point where we disagree is about fiber. I used to consume it a lot, but discovered a few years ago that I function way better without too much in my diet. There are actually several family member like me, too. And, many in my support group. It seems it isn’t always a good idea.

    Thanks for providing more things to watch out for with taking supplements! 🙂

    • Chad Trader says:

      Hi Stella,

      That is a good point you bring up;  everyone has their own issues and there is not a one size fits all approach to addressing health problems. 

      It would be nice; if it were so easy. 

      The main reason I added the fiber to the list was because of the effects it has on the sugars, to the best of my understanding; a gram of fiber cancels out a gram of sugar. 

      The same ratio for a gram of protein to a gram of sugar too; so my focus right now is not spiking blood glucose readings. Just managing the diabetes.

      Thanks for calling that to my attention,

      Have a great day!

      Chad

  • cjciganotto says:

    Hello Chad,

    I love everything that has to do with improving our physical and mental health. Supplements can provide us with vitamins, minerals, and other substances, which we do not have in sufficient quantity. We find ourselves with a low level of them. Many of them will surely find it in our food. As you explain and recommend making “previously” the corresponding medical analyzes to determine those deficit items. Then you can help your health with a supplement if necessary, always prescribed by a professional doctor. Thanks for sharing your knowledge!

    • Chad Trader says:

      Thank you for your comment it is always good to hear that yourwork is appriciated. Many times; that little detail of actually using a Doctor, to help determine what we need, just slipped my mind!

      Have a great day!

      Chad

  • Cheryl says:

    Hi Chad, thanks very much for this post. You have some really good information and cover good points about the vitamins. For someone who is not too sure, if they were reading this then they would be more clued up on a few of them and what they are for.

    Apart from taking Folic Acid in both my pregnancies, I don’t take any other vitamin supplements at all. I probably should but have never been in the habit of doing so and therefore I have never gave it any thought.

    • Chad Trader says:

      Hi Cheryl,

      You may not need anything in the way of supplements and that is a good point to discuss here, just because someone says something is good; that does not mean that it is good for you!

      So important to stress the importance; of using the tools we have availble, to determine what our needs are. 

      Doctors can run blood test; if need be, but if there are no symptoms and you feel great, do not look for a problem where one does not exsist… 🙂

      Have a great day!

      Chad

  • sanjay says:

    Thanks for the thorough information about the supplements.  Is there any major effect of supplements if I want to consume it daily or should I fulfill them from the natural diet? My friend told me not to purchase any supplements because they always harm our body one or other way. What would you recommend?

    • Chad Trader says:

      Hello Sanjay,

      Yes the supplements you take are part of your diet, many of us forget this… what goes in the body is going to be used or pass through as waste. 

      The only reason to take supplements is make up for what is missing from our food intake. I agree with your friend that taking to much can be harmful, best to work with your doctor and take blood test to be sure.

      Plus the information you get from the blood work test results lets you know what your body is lacking.

      Have a great day!

      Chad

  • Lucas says:

    Hey man thanks for sharing this information. My girlfriend takes vitamin D and magnesium supplements everyday, to aid digestion, is she taking the correct ones? 

    Also while we’re on this topic, what do you think of fish oils as a supplement, is it worth taking in daily and does it actually provide any health benefits?

    • Chad Trader says:

      Hi Lucas,

      Your girlfriends adding vitammin D and magesium does help the digestive process, prebiotics is something to look into for helping the digestive system to function well.

      I will be posting on this subject soon, there are products that can help with digestion which is needed to distribute nutrients to our cells.

      Fish oil is very good for you and helps in many areas; the list of benefits is long and includes cardiovascular system, your moods, brain activity, and inflammation (which can be very painful).  

      Have a great day!

      Chad

  • Danny says:

    I hear people saying things like ‘you need more Vitamin D!’ or ‘grab yourself some calcium supplements’ all the time, but I have to say that I didn’t actually know what each of these things did. It was really useful to read a clear and well laid out definition of each of them.

    I get what you’re saying about the aftertaste, but don’t you think it would be better to have a bad aftertaste but a great supplement rather than the other way around? Thanks. 

    • Chad Trader says:

      Hi Danny,

      Thanks for the feedback on the definitions, was wondering if people would like that. Sometimes we need to be reminded about the basics to jog our memories.

      Agree that it is better to have a bad taste in your mouth, rather than skipping out on the benefit from a supplement you need. But if you can get the benefit without the aftertaste it is much better, and adds value.

      Have a great day!

      Chad   

  • Shai Shmuel says:

    Hi Chad, Thank you for the helpful article.

    Do you know about natural sources that can supply the Supplements above? as far as I know, it is possible to get some vitamin D with sun exposure.

    And about consuming supplements on daily basis, it could cause health problems?

    I will be happy to hear your opinion about that.

    • Chad Trader says:

      Hello Shai,

      Thank you for your comment and yes I agree taking too much of some supplements can be harmful. 

      If someone is getting their RDA from another source, like vitamin D from the sun takes approximately 2 hours of direct sunlight without sunscreen, how many people get that?

      Through my researching this issue;  the vitamins and minerals that do not pass through the digestive easily, like vitamin A & C or iron & zinc,  can cause unwanted side effects.

      The best way to address this is consulting with your Doctor and investing in the blood test to see what your levels are running, that way it takes the guess work out of the equation!

      Have a great day!

      Chad

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