I get asked this all the time, “what do you think about supplements?” While there is much debate about whether or not vitamins and minerals are necessary to take in a daily pill form, some people approach supplementing with the thought, “well, it can’t hurt!”
The thing is, unfortunately there are many not-so-great brands of vitamins and minerals. What makes them bad? Well for one, they can be contaminated, and two, the forms of minerals can be hard to digest and absorb, making some supplements a complete rip off.
However, even if you are eating fruits and veggies each day, you are most likely missing out on some major vitamins and minerals for your body. Thus, supplementing can help you catch up on some important vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
Many health counselors, like me, often recommend the following supplements:
- A fish oil, krill oil, or flaxseed oil: Omega 3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory & disease fighting benefits. If you burp up the fish oil, krill oil can be a smaller pill and more concentrated. Some clients say it doesn’t make them burp as much. Flaxseed is an option as well.
- Vitamin D3: Vitamin D is vital for the absorption of many vitamins and minerals. Unless you are getting daily sun exposure, many of us do not even get close to the daily amount that we need. It’s not just for calcium absorption either. There are new studies released every day that link Vitamin D deficiency to a host of other conditions and diseases.
- A multivitamin: important components like vitamin B12, folic acid, and iron, are often lacking in most of our diets. Taking a balanced multivitamin can help you with many deficiencies.
*Please note: as always, consult your health care professional before making any major diet changes, especially if you are on any special medications, or have any medical conditions
Just a friendly reminder: try to stay away from buying your vitamins from big chain stores, and do your research. Generally, you want to look for Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) on the bottle, or else the workers and health food stores, co-ops, and chiropractic offices generally know their stuff, and will most likely have reliable products.
We try our best to eat right, but getting important vitamins and minerals can be very difficult (especially during Minnesota winters). It is definitely worth your time, money, and research to look into taking a few supplements to ensure proper vitamin and mineral absorption, and long lasting health.