Monday 23 September 2019

How To Choose A Quality Vitamin Supplement?

Do you really need vitamin and mineral supplements? Several studies that have been conducted strongly suggest that soil depletion has led to the overall reduction of the nutrient value of the food we eat. Therefore, vitamin supplements should constitute a part of our daily diet to complement the nutrients we obtain from vegetables and fruits. Please make a note that supplements must "supplement" and not replace your food. Eating mostly junk food and taking vitamins will not yield any positive results.
OK, now let's get started, when you go shopping for vitamin supplements whether online or at a brick and mortar store, first and foremost conduct a thorough research on the products to ensure that the are premium goods.
To be classified as "premium'', it's essential, that the meet the set industry standards in the following critical areas: -
  • Supplement Design;
  • Quality of Ingredients used;
  • Method of Manufacturing applied.
Of these 3 criteria's, quality is the most critical component, it covers all aspects of manufacture, packaging, storage and distribution from the selection of appropriate raw materials to the stability of the product in the market shelf. Now let's look at the above criteria' in detail:
1) Supplement Design
The word efficacy is a popular term in the medical industry which means 'to produce an effect". It's extremely important that the effect of the supplement should enhance and not inhibit psychological and metabolic functions of the body. Therefore, when you go shopping for supplements online or in the real world it is recommended to conduct a research of the ability, training experience and where possible professional and technical qualifications of the design staff. Be keen to ensure that the design staff possess a Nutritional Therapy Diploma from a credible organisation such as ION (Institution of Optimum Nutrition) and that they are certified by a third-party institution such as NSF (National Science Foundation).
We strongly advise that you must seek counsel of a medical practitioner before consuming any supplements. In addition you must find out how much of each nutrient is contained in the supplement. This is to ensure that you don't exceed the tolerable nutrient level (UL) for any one nutrient.
2)The Quality of the Ingredients
Quality, potency and purity of the supplements are only as good as the raw materials used to create them. Hence always take advantage of the label to ensure the supplements contain the following, yet essential vitamins & minerals, this includes vitamin A, B1(thiamine), B2(riboflavin), B3, B5(pantothenic acid), B6, B9(Folic Acid), B12, D2 or D3 (cholecalciferol) and biotin, calcium, iodine, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium and zinc. Be cautious of any additives such as herbs and botanicals.
Dr Taylor Engelke (MS, RDN,CD) is a registered dietitian nutritionist in Wisconsin. He advises that supplements should always bear a certification mark from organisations such NSF International. The certification is proof that an independent organisation has examined the potency, contents and quality of the supplement.
3) Manufacture of Vitamin Supplements
Is that supplement you are considering to buy manufactured in a GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) certified facility?
GMPs are the legal prerequisites for a complex production system. They ensure supplements have the appropriate ingredient purity, safety, and documentation that matches the content of its label.
The current GMP regulations were established by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to make certain that dietary supplements are manufactured to the highest quality possible from the available technology.
The only dependable way to be sure you are getting the best vitamin supplements is to buy them from a facility that meets GMP regulations set by FDA standards.
To conclude it should be emphasized that women' vitamin and mineral supplements are totally different from Men'. Women's supplements should consist of nutrients that support the balancing of female hormones before, during and after menopause. Whereas for men, the supplements should consist of ingredients that support a healthy male prostate.
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