Even though you can typically get most of the vitamins and minerals that your body requires to function optimally from the food you eat, there are some occasions when this is not possible and you may need to take a supplement.
How do you know if the supplement you are purchasing is a good one?
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If it says “100% natural” on the label, beware. There are no regulations for the word “natural”. A manufacturer can claim their product is natural even if it’s a totally synthetic product. It’s always best to protect yourself by reading the ingredient list. Also, be sure to read both the active and inactive ingredients.
Look for food sources on the label and notice if they are listed as organic. If you don’t see any food sources, then the product is generally a synthetic product.
Avoid supplements that use words ending in -acid, -ide, and sometimes -ate. -
Also, the letters “d” or "dl" that appear before the name of an ingredient indicates the supplement is synthetic.
Common ingredients found in synthetic supplements that we should avoid:
Even though I strongly recommend getting your nutrient needs from organic whole food plant-based sources, there are times when we need supplementation. Please take responsibility for your health by determining if you have any deficiencies.
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