Whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, beans and fish are the best source for your nutritional needs. They contain vitamins, minerals, fiber, and other substances needed for optimal health. Consuming a variety of these foods, on a regular basis, is ideal. In today’s fast-paced society, however, this can prove difficult even for the most health conscious. Very few of us manage to routinely eat the recommended daily servings. Supplementing your healthy diet with vitamins can ensure adequate consumption of key nutrients and help you achieve wellness.
Choosing the right vitamin, however, is no easy task. There are several different brands to consider and not all vitamins are created equal. Furthermore, our individual nutritional needs vary. It’s no wonder how a simple trip down the vitamin aisle can become a stressful experience. Fortunately, there are ways to make choosing a vitamin a bit more pleasant. The following information can assist you in your quest to find the best vitamins:
Choose vitamins that are vital to you. We all have different nutritional requirements. Diet, stress, lifestyle, age, gender, health, and medications dictate our nutritional needs. Consider your own needs and discuss with your physician, which vitamins may be best for you.
Avoid vitamins that contain unnecessary additives such as fillers, sugar, artificial flavors, and artificial colors. Fillers are used to bind the ingredients together and to help fill the capsule. Sugars, artificial flavors, and artificial colors are added to make vitamins more appealing to buyers. These additives provide no health benefit. The best vitamins are those that contain the specified vitamins and little or nothing else.
Choose vitamins that have been independently certified to meet high standards. Use ConsumerLab.com to confirm that the content of your vitamins match the listed ingredients on the label and that harmful substances, such as lead or mercury, are not present. Confirm the vitamins are produced in a GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) compliant facility and request a COA (Certificate of Analysis) from the manufacturer.
Choose natural vitamins over synthetic ones. Synthetic vitamins tend to be less expensive, but often lack important components. These components- enzymes, coenzymes, and cofactors- are needed to produce the vitamin’s intended biological effect. Their absence decreases the vitamin’s effectiveness and may actually contribute to deficiencies by consuming the body’s stored enzymes and cofactors. Natural vitamins, on the other hand, contain all the necessary enzymes, coenzymes, and cofactors. They are safer, more potent, and never create a deficiency.
Minimize your risk of harm by opting for vitamins containing well researched, safe ingredients. Avoid vitamins from countries and labs with poor safety records. Also avoid taking vitamins that interact negatively with other supplements or medication that you may be consuming. Note whether the vitamin or supplement needs to be stopped prior to surgery, pregnancy or breastfeeding. And, discuss all vitamins with your physician.
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