Incorporating supplements into your diet can be an important step forward when it comes to ensuring your body is receiving all of the vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants it needs. As you scour the beauty and wellness market for great products, you’ll come across dozens of products that claim that they will immediately give your skin a dewy complexion, reverse aging, or cure your acne. Let’s shed a little light on supplements and if they’re all created equal.
It’s important to know that all supplements are not created equally. When we purchase supplements, we tend to seek out food-based products. The natural ingredients are easier for your body to break down than synthetic ones. There are hundreds of vitamin companies that utilize synthetic ingredients in their products.
When you start taking these, pay attention to what the dosage is — if you’re only supposed to take one gel, take one (taking extra doesn’t make you healthier!) Also pay attention to dosages if you’re taking more than one supplement. Some supplements will include multiple vitamins and minerals so you want to make sure you’re not doubling up. For example, women’s multivitamins often times contain calcium. If you’re taking an additional calcium supplement, you could be taking in 50% more calcium than your body needs in a given day.
Do you actually know how your vitamins were made and what they are made of? How about if they were tested or if current, up-to-date lab research was used to formulate them? Grocery and convenience store, beauty supply store, and wellness store shelves are choc full of vitamins that claim to resolve “XYZ” issues. Most of us don’t know the standards these companies have or how to choose the best vitamin. If you look for markers like “NSF” or “USP” on bottle labels, that means the vitamin brand has been certified by either the United States Pharmacopeia Convention or NSF International. These two agencies work to ensure that the vitamins you’re consuming are safe and good for your body by certifying vitamins and supplements on a voluntary basis with the companies producing them. The Food and Drug administration doesn’t actually test the vitamins you’re taking so you’re relying on the vitamin company to provide safe supplements that will help your body instead of hurt it. It can’t hurt spending a few extra dollars to take a supplement that has been tested by an outside source.
Pay attention to where you’re buying your vitamins and supplements from. I absolutely adore Amazon, but they don’t keep supplements in temperature controlled environments so vitamins and supplements can actually become less effective and deteriorate due to very hot temperatures during summer and very cold temperatures during winter. Do yourself a favor and don’t buy compromised products that may have reduced quality due to storage issues. Pay attention to where you’re purchasing your vitamins from.
Pay attention to who is encouraging you to take these vitamins. Are doctors, scientists, and dietitians supporting the product? Or are supporters random companies that you’ve never heard of that seem to have an anterior motive? Buy quality products that have been tested by professionals rather than buying into schemes from greedy companies.
A great brand to look at is Ritual. Their vitamins are created with a no-naseau capsule design, are Non-GMO, have no colorants or synthetic filters, are gluten and allergen free, and are vegan friendly. They share that they are “For skeptics, by skeptics…we wanted something simple, effective, and backed by real science.” Based off their research, most women are lacking these nine essential vitamins in their daily lives: Magnesium, Vitamin K2, Iron, Vitamin E, Boron, Vitamin D3, Vitamin B12, Omega-3, and Folate. Their essential multivitamin has you covered and only costs $30 per month.
The bottom line? Do your research, talk to your health care professional, and see where your body needs a little extra help. My supplements have helped so much and I religiously take them. It’s not hard to incorporate them into your daily routine. It just takes a little effort to get started and commit.