Questions to ask about your vitamins

Hello friend,

Long time, eh? … as my folks say up north, the true north.

Have you wondered about vitamins? Are they necessary? About twenty years ago, I figured ….. I eat plenty of vegetables and fruits, I’m sure I get all the vitamins I need from my diet. As time went on, I read scientific articles about nutrition, dug deeper into the subject, and here’s what I found.

Over the years, there has been a decline in the nutritional quality of fruits and vegetables – this is per data collected by the U.S. Government from 1950 to 1999. And although there are dietary recommendations for vitamins and minerals, these are just to prevent deficiency of nutrients in the body. Optimal nutrition requires an intake of multivitamins and other supplements.

With all that’s available in the market, how would you choose a quality vitamin? I list below ten questions from the book “Secrets of Supplements” by Gloria Askew, RRN and Jerre Paquette, Ph.D. As you can gather, this is not an original write-up from me, however the information that I reproduce below is of paramount importance in choosing the right vitamins for yourself.

” …. Every question on this list should be answered with “yes.” If not, you haven’t found a totally terrific product.

1: Is your multi-supplement primarily a plant-based product that includes vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients? [Phytonutrients means plant nutrients. Only whole plants can provide all the nutrients your body demands].

2. If the multi-supplement is plant-based, is it derived from a variety of plants? [Phytonutrients vary from plant to plant].

3. If the multi-supplement is plant-based  and derived from a variety of plants, does the manufacturer own its own land and grow, harvest, and concentrate its plants? [A rich, broad-spectrum soil is required to produce healthy plants. The more a company out-sources its products, the greater the chances of loss of nutrients and quality control].

4. Does the vitamin supplement contain the whole-plant concentrate, including associated phytonutrients? [Vitamins and minerals and phytonutrients work in partnership with one another, in synergy].

5. Are the supplements certified organic from the soil and seed up?

6. Is the disintegration time on the tablet about 30 minutes or less? [For optimum digestion, they must be broken down and prepared in the stomach, just as food is].

7. Does the manufacturer voluntarily adhere to Good Manufacturing Practices from seed to end product and The Council for Responsible Nutrition for its fish oil products? [The Council’s “Omega-3 Monograph” is the base line for toxin-free, toxic products. The standards cover raw materials, manufacturing, packaging and nutrition].

8. Does the manufacturer assay its entire line for heavy metals, microbiological contaminants and pollutants, and desirable nutrient compounds? [In the United States, supplements are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but they are regulated as food, not drugs. In 2007, the FDA stated that a company manufacturing supplements “does not have to provide FDA with the evidence it relies on to substantiate safety or effectiveness before or after it markets its products.”].

9. Does the manufacturer have published Bio-Assays that I can easily access? [Toxins are common-place in our environment and can overwhelm any goodness present in organic compounds].

10 Does the manufacturer publish an ORAC score (oxygen radical absorbance capacity, a measure of anti-absorbant capacity) on its anti-oxidants that is based on a wide range of free radical groups?

Hope that helps, my friend.

Until next time …. live healthy, live well.

Warm regards,

Dr. Ajit Damodaran


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