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
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
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:
- How many doses are there in the bottle?
- Using the recommended dose how long will the bottle last?
isthe type of ingredients, what are the absorption rates?
- Do you take time to do some research or just take the advice of a friend? Many do the latter…
- Does it contain all the things you need to take? Are there extra benefits built into the supplement?
- 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…
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.
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.