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How To Trust Your Vitamins?

Feb 26, 2008
It is quite a task in fact impossible to walk into a pharmacy or supermarket these days and ask the shop assistant what vitamins they trust. With more and more brands being released onto the market to quench the hunger for optimum health it's near impossible to do so. Yet all is not lost as there are studies out there that you can reference and all the hard work is already done for you on the subject of vitamins tested and rated. You will find that the comparion is done thoroughly and its all independent.

We have looked at all these studies and made a quick 8 point check list to help you evaluate what vitamins to take and what is the best brand of vitamins worthy of your consideration. Remember that it is worth doing the research as it's your health that is in the balance. Would you rather wait to fall ill and then be told there is nothing the medical world can do to help you or would you take a little trouble, do some research and take some precautions and help your body to fight the war against degenerative diseases.

1. Are you asked to take your vitamin supplement just once a day for optimum nutrition? In other words the manufacturer of your supplement says that 1 tablet a day is good for you. If you were to take just one pill a day of a vitamin and if that pill was to deliver optimum nutrition then the size of a single tablet of supplement will be the size of a walnut and too large to swallow. We need to take a tablet that is convenient to swallow yet has the potency.

2. The ingredients of each nutrient in the supplement formulation must be in a bioavailable form so that it can be absorbed by the body at the cellular level. Many supplements in the market are not in the right balance and formulation to be readily absorbed by our bodies. This can cause toxicities of those minerals in time that could have adverse effects on our health.

3. Are the safety requirements of each ingredient in the vitamin within the guidelines of safety if you were looking for a nutritional supplement to give you optimum health? So is the manufacturer giving you what is required and still not compromising on safety? Some vitamins have more than the safety amounts in their formulations. Always check to see what doctors say about vitamins as some may affect your medication.

4. Check to see if the vitamins and minerals you are looking at are being manufactured under pharmaceutical guidelines- not food GMPs (Good Manufacturing Practices? Have independent clinical trials been done on each of the ingredients in the tablet adhering to the safety guidelines set down by the FDA? Where has the company obtained their scientific research from and does the company also conduct research on the ingredients independently? Does the company change their formulation depending upon the latest data out in this area?

5. Are the supplements capable in dissolving fully in the stomach within 30 minutes as specified by USP ( United States Pharmacopeia ) standards, the same standards that pharmaceutical companies adhere to? It is important that tablets do dissolve or else they will pass out through our bodies and no benefit is seen. Why waste your money on inferior products?

6. Check to see what is the recommended dose of all vitamins? Are there any tests done on the products and if so are they independent? Do these tests mention the potency and any guarantees that may stand behind the products? Go for a product that is highly rated by the industry and probably one that is setting industry standards for excellance.

7. Is the vitamin manufacturer outsourcing their products to pill companies or do they produce the supplement in the own manufacturing house? Find a company that does its own manufacturing as the quality control is more thorough and you can almost be certain that what is said to be on the bottle will be in the bottle.

8. Find and compare what may be the best brand of vitamins? If you start looking today you will find information on the net that may lead you to such studies. Has the supplement been tested for impurities and are the individual ingredients free of toxic material that maybe harmful to you? What vitamins should be taken alone? For example: Is Vitamin A and Iron present? These can be harmful if taken in a multivitamin without a prescription.

You owe it to yourself to start looking and taking a proactive approach to your health.
About the Author
Claude Fullinfaw is a successful publisher of nutritional secrets at My-Healthy-Supplement.com where he provides more information on health and nurition for men, women and children and how you can benefits from his work at

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