Jan 22, 2020

Vitamins & Supplements benefits & risk

     Since everyone is still in the health/wellness/nutrition mode that usually happens at the beginning of the year, I thought I would talk a little about supplements. Most of us take a multivitamin daily if needed. According to The Pros & Cons of Vitamin Supplements, taking a vitamin supplement can decrease your risk for a vitamin deficiency. Supplements are a great option for those who consume less than 1,200 calories per day, are strict vegetarians and those who have conditions that decrease vitamins and minerals absorption from food may need supplements.

Taking to much of any supplement whether niacin, vitamins A, B-6, C or D, in high amounts can cause toxicity symptoms to appear. These symptoms can start out relatively mild with itching, headache, flushed skin or an upset stomach. Severe symptoms that can appear included kidney stones, heart rhythm issues and confusion. Make sure that none of the supplements interact with any prescriptions that you are taking. With that said, below are some of the supplements that I have taken over the past few months. I included the link to the supplement with description & pricing for each:

These pills are $16.03 for 30 (one months worth) & go up to $48.62 for 180 (six months) right now. These pills help with iron levels and in reducing fatigue. Also, these pills do not cause the common gastrointestinal side effects such as nausea or constipation. Blood Builder includes folic acid and B12, which help maintain healthy red blood cell production.

These are on sale right now for $16.94. Each serving provides 180 mg of FoodState vitamin C which provides support for immunity health. The gummy contains organic oranges,
organic berries & ginger. It has 2 grams of sugar per serving in them. MegaFood gummies are made from real. The gummies do not contain high fructose corn syrup, gelatin, or artificial colors. 

-Turmeric Strength
Turmeric strength contains turmeric root, pure turmeric extract, berries, cherries, & BioPerine, a patented black pepper extract. BioPerine helps support with the absorption of curcumin, which can be hard for the body to assimilate on its own. The berries & cherries provide phytonutrients. It is $14.97 for a 20 count or $38.07 for 60.

Probiotics are supposed aid in healthy digestion along with reducing gas, bloating and other digestive issues. It is actually cheaper if you do the subscription (they are regular $34.95 but with a subscription the pills are $29.71) or what I usually do. I go to Whole Foods & buy mine because about once a month they have a BOGO on them or marked down to around $26 before tax. 

Women's Daily uses FoodState iron, vitamin B, D, & C. 9mg are used to replenishes iron lost during menstrual cycle. Vitamin B helps with promoting healthy energy production and nervous system. Vitamin D supports with bone health. These range from $22.02 for a 30 count to $47.82 for a 90 count. 

The B vitamins help with metabolism & energy. I take a vitamin B along with adrenal to help with my hypothyroidism. Here is a breakdown of each B vitamins included in the complex  from Ancient Nutrition:
  • B1 (Thiamine): supports healthy energy levels.
  • B2 (Riboflavin): supports a healthy metabolism.
  • B3 (Niacin): supports healthy energy from foods consumed.
  • B5 (Pantothenic Acid): helps support energy from foods consumed.
  • B6 (Pyridoxine): helps metabolize a number of nutrients to create energy.
  • B7 (Biotin): supports a healthy metabolism.
  • B9 (Folic Acid): Your body can't produce folic acid on its own, but it’s needed for energy and more.
  • B12 (Whole food fermented B12): is a well-known energy supporter.
I have to say that this is the best B-Complex that I have tried & I have tried A LOT. When I took this, I did not experience the sleepiness, tiredness, or brain fog that I have sometimes. It use to be about $42 when it was the Fermented B Complex. Since they changed the name & packaging, it is now$29.95 or $25.46 with a subscription. 

Now, Dietary supplements are not regulated in the US like in some other countries. In the article, Benefits and Risks of Dietary Supplements, it is stated that supplement manufacturers have to follow certain labeling guidelines, including what they can say & not about the purported benefits. Remember, that many in the medical community recommend that you get all the vitamins that the supplements provide from whole foods incorporated into a daily, balanced diet. 

Peace & Blessings, all & have a great day!!!

1 comment:

  1. For overall health multivitamins are so much important. These are some of the good multivitamin supplements. I will definitely try