Supplements Five Level-headed questions you should ask when selecting a nutritional supplement

1. COMPLETE?

“A little of every nutrient is better than lots of one or two” A good supplement provides a broad spectrum of essential nutrients – vitamins, minerals, and a variety of antioxidants such as bioflavanoids, alpha lipoic acid, and coenzyme Q10. Many “multi” formulas miss out on the more costly nutrients.

2. BALANCED?

“Nutrients work best together, in synergy – not alone” A good supplement delivers nutrients in balance, so our body can enjoy their synergistic benefits. Unbalanced formulations may be harmful, as excessive amounts of one nutrient can sometimes hamper the body’s absorption of another.

3. POTENT? 

“Too much of any is harmful. But too little is ineffective” The amount of each micronutrient we need is very small (often in thousandths of a gram a day). However, a good supplement provides sufficient amounts for optimal health. These amounts are often higher than the RDAs (Recommended Dietary Allowances), which are minimum levels to prevent deficiency diseases.

4. BIOAVAILABLE?

“What doesn’t get absorbed and used is wasted” Vitamins and minerals can come in various¬† forms, some more easily absorbed and used by the body than others. A good supplement always uses the most bioavailable form. For example, chelated minerals, i.e., those bonded to amino acides, are more readily absorbed than the mineral salts.

5. SAFE?

“Above all, do no harm” A good supplement avoids nutrients like iron and preformed vitamin A, whicah can be harmful with long-term use. It is also manufactured to more exacting standards to ensure purity and uniformity in every tablet. Products that are made to pharmaceutical standards are best.  

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