Carol B Blair, BS. DiHom, CNC
Some of us spend a fair amount of money on supplements to keep us well but are you getting what you pay for?
Here are a few tips in what to look for:
- Are the minerals in forms that your body can absorb such as citrate, glycinate, or another chelated form (not oxide, carbonate, sulfate which are poorly absorbed by the body)?
- Vitamin D should be the more easily absorbed D3 as opposed to the cheaper and synthetic D2.
- Vitamin E should be mixed tocopherols and even added tocotrienols if possible. How do you know if E is synthetic? Look for an “l” after the D such as Dl-alpha tocopherol. The natural form would be D-alpha tocopherol. Studies show the synthetic form to be useless and possibly even harmful.
- Is the nutrient in an amount that is useful or is it what I call pixie dust – enough so they can put it on the label?
Be sure to check the “other” ingredients. You may be surprised at what you find there:
- Artificial colors, flavors, and dyes should be avoided. Why do you want to give you body more work to detoxify these non-foods?
- Fillers such as propylene glycol (think antifreeze!) are not in there for your health. They are in there for economical purposes – so they can run supplements through the machines faster. Time is money.
- Some supplements even contain artificial sweeteners!
Natur-Tyme carries only high-quality supplements and you won’t find any of these ingredients in our Natur-Tyme brand.
Speaking of that, our Natur-Tyme brand of supplements is a superior line. They are from GMP-certified labs that are FDA-approved, and you won’t find any “junk” in them. I use them myself because I know they are top-shelf.
So don’t waste your money buying substandard supplements that aren’t doing you any good. If you can’t afford a quality vitamin, mineral, or herb, do your body a favor and wait until you can get a good one.