Nutritional Health Solutions

How to Choose the Best Nutritional Supplements

How to properly read a Label

It can be very confusing to determine the true value of a supplement. Understanding the label will help you know if you are taking a quality supplement.

Where Do the nutrients come from?

Look at the ingredients listed on the food label. Do you recognize any of them? Just like any other food label, the nutrients are listed in a particular order and some manufacturers put the source next to the nutrient. In a quality, wholesome product, you will recognize and be able to pronounce most of the ingredients on the label.

Why more isn’t always better

When choosing supplements, quality is far more important than quantity. A small amount of a whole food vitamin is more beneficial to the human body than a large dose of its man-made counterpart. Supplements comprised solely of single man-made vitamins supply only a fraction of the whole vitamin complex, creating shortages of many important nutrients. Taking more of a man-made vitamin will not make up the difference.

Going beyond the label:

Just like any recipe, the quality of the ingredients you use affects the quality of the final product. Therefore, it’s important to answer all these questions when evaluating a supplement and its effectiveness

Where do the ingredients come from?

Manufacturers who grow many of their ingredients have the unique ability to control the quality of the ingredient from seed to supplement. Some manufacturers own certified organic farms to further enhance the quality of their ingredients.

When are ingredients processed?

When you buy a tomato you inspect it for quality. You wouldn’t knowingly buy one that was mush and bruised. This same principle holds true for when ingredients are prime for harvest. Different foods reach their peak nutrient value during different times within the growing season. Pea vine, for example, is at its peak during the flowering stage.

Once harvested, food begins to lose its value. It is perishable like the tomato. If there is a delay of hours, days, or months from when an ingredient is harvested to when it’s processed, many of its very delicate phytonutrients are lost.

Are the ingredient’s vital Factors retained?

Each ingredient has its own set of rules in relation to how to best package its vital components. The manufacturing process needs to retain the vital nutrients within the ingredients. Too much heat will destroy enzymes and phytonutrients. The manufacturer should use a low temperature, high vacuum process to make sure the ingredient’s nutrients are preserved.

Consult With Your Health Care Professional

You trust your health care professional to provide quality care. It is important to speak with them about the supplements you are taking. They can provide recommendations and advice to to you regarding quality brands. They can also help you determine which supplements you need based upon your individual supplements you are taking are working.