How To Choose The Best Vitamin And Mineral Supplement
With all of the vitamin & mineral products on the market today, how does one figure out which are really the best? You know, every one claims to be some secret formula that will be 10X better than anything you have ever tried. So, what is really true?
Here are 3 simple criteria that you can use to evaluate a vitamin & mineral supplement to see if you will really get maximum results from it.
Criteria #1: Formula
The first question to ask is, “Does this product have a balanced, complete array of vitamins & minerals?” Most products on the market are balanced & complete products. However, it doesn’t hurt to check to ensure that you vitamin product includes all the biggies (A, B, C, E, etc.). Also, find out if the company has actually done research on their formula.
Criteria #2: Absorbability
The next thing to ask is, “Can my body actually utilize the nutrients in the product?” You can buy the most potent vitamin product in the world, but if your body is not absorbing it, you are wasting your money!
In order for your body to absorb the product you take, the product must be in the only form that your body recognizes—food. So, in order to get maximum results from your vitamins, get a “food form” product. However, do NOT be fooled by “food-based” products. Most of these products are synthetic vitamins in carrot juice or something.
The vitamin & minerals must be “food matrix” or “food form”. This means that the vitamins & minerals have been extracted & concentrated directly out of foods. Then your body can use the nutrients that you are taking for your good health.
Criteria #3: Quality Control
This is probably the biggest reason that many vitamins don’t work. They might be good one time, but not the next. The only way to ensure that you get a great product every time is for the company to impose stringent quality control standards on all of their products. The easiest way to determine if a company is doing this is to find out if they meet the Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP’s). If they do, they likely have good quality control.
So, before you buy a vitamin or mineral product, use these 3 simple criteria to see if you are really getting good bang for your buck!