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BUYING GUIDE TO VITAMINS & MINERALS

 

Vitamin & Mineral Supplements

Vitamins are organic compounds found in food, which help in the functioning of the various metabolic systems of our body. We can also obtain vitamins in the form of vitamin supplements. Vitamins

  • help to protect our body from diseases and infections
  • are essential for the formation of various enzymes and hormones which control metabolic activities such as digestion, circulation and excretion.

The types of vitamins essential for the human body include:

Whilst it is preferable to take vitamins from whole food sources rather than synthetic vitamins, most food today is deficient and supplements are essential to maintain optimal health.

Our fruit and vegetables contain only fraction of the anti-oxidants they used to.

Multi-Vitamins are like insurance. They complement your anti-oxidant needs no matter what you eat. They are inexpensive and available in every health shop.

 

Selecting Vitamin & Mineral Supplements

Ask for High-Potency multi-vitamins. These contain higher doses of anti-oxidants and other ingredients. They need not be the most expensive brand, aim for an average of 200%-300% DV.

Natural or Synthetic Vitamin Supplements?

There is a recent trend towards natural vitamins and nutritional supplements as opposed to the more traditional, synthetic versions.

Many experts have concluded that natural vitamins and nutritional supplements are easier absorbed by the body, thereby proving more effective in their interaction within the body.

Synthetic products cost less than their natural counterparts. However, some would argue that because natural products may be more effective, the extra expenses associated with these products may pay off over the long run.

There is some limited evidence that some of the materials contained in synthetic vitamins and nutritional supplements may not be beneficial to a human being over time, some might even be harmful over time. The research in this regard is not, as of yet, conclusive. This has already encouraged synthetic supplement manufacturers to boost the absorption potential of their products.

Quality Endorsements

Check the label for quality seals "USP or or “ConsumerLab”. These two seals assure you that the supplement contains every ingredient claimed in the claimed. The seal will also guarantee the supplements have been checked for poisons such as pesticides and contaminants such as bacteria.

Gender & Age Appropriate

If getting multivitamins, chose one specifically for your gender and age. Our need for vitamin supplementation changes at different times in our life.

Expiry Dates

Ensure that expiry dates are well beyond when you expect to finish the vitamin contents. If purchasing EFA's or acidophilus supplements, ensure they have been stored appropriately to avoid oxidation or loss of potency.

 

Key Nutrients

Chromium - supports glucose tolerance, reducing sugar cravings and possibly diabetes. It also helps to lower blood cholesterol, thus helping to prevent atherosclerosis.

Folic Acid - also helps in RNA and DNA (and red blood cells) production, but only in dosages higher than the 400 mcg. RDA. A dose of 1–2 mg. twice daily is commonly prescribed in Canada for this supportive function.

Molybdenum - is another trace mineral that may play a role in inhibiting cancer.

Niacin - is the active circulatory stimulant form of vitamin B3. Improves circulation and lowers cholesterol, thus reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.

RNA - RNA supplements have yet proven to be very effective.
Sources: high chlorophyll foods such as the blue-green algae, chlorella, spirulina, and wheatgrass.

Choline - as is found in lecithin, supports production of cell membranes and the important neurotransmitter acetylcholine.

Organic Germanium (trace mineral complex, germanium sesquioxide) is an oxygenating nutrient that I am sure future research will demonstrate to possess antiaging properties.

Mucopolysaccharides [chondroitin sulfates] - help reduce inflammation associated with cardiovascular disease and arthritis. It also helps keep collagen tissues and cells strong.
Sources: green lipped mussels and oysters

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