There is a wide variety of vitamins and supplements in the market but how do you know which ones to take. Here are some guidelines and advice from Tim Salivan, founder of Spiqy:
What we eat affects our health. Unfortunately millions of Americans systematically fall short on the nutrients they need. Energy is an essential but often overlooked component of good health. According to a recent nationwide survey 9 in 10 pharmacists recommend taking a B-complex vitamin when it comes to maintaining energy. Pharmacists are also 2 times more likely to recommend protein based products compared to caffeine based products for energy needs.
For example, there are 8 individual vitamins of the B complex all of which help your body harvest energy from the food you eat and support overall metabolism. A daily intake of B vitamin can help you support a natural healthy energy level. Vitamin B12 is commonly found in a variety of foods such as fish, shellfish, meat, eggs and dairy products. It supports energy production and is essential for red blood cell formation. Red blood cells help to transport oxygen to your body’s tissues. As your body ages, its ability to absorb B12 begins to decline, making supplemental vitamin a great way to support healthy levels. Biotin, also known as B7 supports carbohydrate protein and fat metabolism. For individuals that have inadequate intake of biotin or are deficient, Biotin may help promote the health of hair skin and nails.
Choosing From Hundreds of Supplement Brands
With so many supplements in the pharmacy aisle, it can be hard to know how to select the right product. Alexis Kirkwood recommends customers select vitamins and supplements based on quality. In fact, 85% of pharmacists surveyed say quality is a very important factor when it comes to recommending which vitamin brand to choose. Manufacturers should be committed to making products backed by science, that are safe and effective, have strict quality process to ensure that what’s on the label is in fact in the bottle. Speaking of the label, 2 in 3 pharmacists tell customers to look for the USP (United States Pharmacopeia) symbol which offers third party verification when selecting quality vitamins.
Here’s what you should have in mind when searching for the right vitamins:
- Better opt for supplements that do not exceed the Daily Value (DV) for any vitamin or mineral.
- Avoid those having above 3,500 International Units (IUs) of retinol. Retinol is a form of Vitamin A which reduces wrinkles and face lines.
- Women on postmenopausal stage shouldn’t use multivitamins which give more than 50% of iron DV.
- Make sure you see the USP symbol on the label.
- Some supplements are especially marketed for certain age groups but this usually drives their price higher. It’s not hard to find what your body needs in a generic brand.
- You can’t have everything in one single multivitamin pill. For full calcium or magnesium intake you will need a separate product, i.e. the liquid calcium magnesium citrate by Lifetime.
- Finally, prefer the whole food concentrates over synthetic ones because the first ones offer all those cofactors and other components, such as co-enzymes, trace minerals and antioxydants that help the body absorb the vitamins, whereas the synthetics, incomplete as they are, deplete the body of all those micro nutrients needed for the vitamins to work.