What to Look for in a High-Quality Dietary Supplement – Part 1
Shopping for a high-quality supplement can be confusing and downright frustrating. There are so many brands vying for your dollar, and they all say they’re the best. Unstable times underscore the need to spend wisely; investing in your health today might save even more in the long run. Every purchase you make is important to you. You want to get the most for your money.
So how do you separate the good from the not so good? The key is to know the right questions to ask.
Let’s review what questions to ask when you are looking for a high-quality supplement:
Does it Dissolve Properly?
Vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients should be delivered to specific regions of your digestive system for enhanced absorption and utilization. Some brands, perhaps most, may not be designed with optimal absorption in mind.
One simple way to test is to see if your supplement dissolves in 30 minutes or less when placed in water. That is the same standard the pharmaceutical industry uses for tablets. If it fails this test, it just goes in one end and out the other! And this is just the very beginning!
Is It Being Absorbed ?
It’s important that the supplements you are taking are absorbed and assimilated into the bloodstream where they are available to the cells. Always ask the company for peer reviewed research on their products. They key word here is peer-reviewed! That means it is unbiased, legitimate research vs. advertising research where you pay someone to publish your research in what looks like a legitimate journal.
Read Your Labels!!
Is There Balance in the Formulation?
Balance is critical to a well-formulated multi-vitamin supplement. Many nutrients do not work effectively unless in a certain balance.
For example, the essential b vitamin Biotin is extremely expensive, so some companies limit how much they include. Your multivitamin should offer at least 100% of the daily value of Biotin.
Sadly, most vitamins will show none at all or less than 100%. That is a sign to you of a poorly-formulated vitamin, so READ YOUR LABELS.
Are Sugars, Artificial Coloring Used?
It is common for vitamins to have unwanted artificial colors or sweeteners in them. READ THE LABELS to determine their presence.
Stay tuned for Part 2!!