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Selecting the Right Supplement

Updated: Nov 24, 2022

Food should always be the priority, but there are times when supplements can help on a number of levels.

In addition to vitamins and minerals, there are huge variety of supplements on offer, from digestive enzymes for IBS type symptoms, to turmeric, a powerful anti- inflammatory.

With such an array of choices and all the conflicting information surrounding supplements… choosing the right one can be quite a task.

There’s a number of criteria I apply. Here’s a few tips to get you started:

  • Choose the right product for your specific situation e.g., life stage and sex. If you’re looking for a multivitamin to support your through the menopause, select a specialised product for +40 plus women, not a generic supplement off the supermarket shelf.

  • Minimal additives: the cheaper the supplement the more fillers you’ll find which may upset more sensitive individuals. Opt for purer products free of unnecessary additives.

  • Are recent blood tests results available to guide you on how much of a vitamin or mineral to take e.g. vitamin D, B12 and iron? Be informed, rather than stabbing in the dark.

  • Which nutrient form is the most absorbable? e.g. For magnesium the oxide form is the least absorbable, especially compared to citrate and bisglycinate.

  • What's the recommended dose for the symptom you are trying to resolve? Going by the labels on the bottle isn't always going to work. Team up with a practitioner to get specific advise on dosing.

  • Question how pure and fresh your fish oil is. It’s also important to check the strength of both EPA & DHA. Go to the IFOS (International Fish Oil Standards) website for more info.

  • If appropriate, check for allergens such as gluten, soy and milk.

  • Always talk to your healthcare professional before starting a supplement and ask about possible contraindications, if you are taking medication.

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