5 things you MUST know about vitamins!

Taking vitamins may sound very mundane or key to some people and at some points in your life you are going to wander in the vitamin aisle of your favorite supermarket or health food store because you were advised or heard about the next best thing by a friend or online.

DID YOU KNOW?

Americans spend more than $30 billion a year on dietary supplements.

Source: American Society for Nutrition

“Not all vitamins are created equal!”

 

-Karine Romain, ARNP

1. While all vitamins have benefits, they may not be the right fit or need for you.

GET TESTED, THEN ASSESS WHAT YOU NEED.

Because you have heard that a particular vitamin is good for you, it does NOT mean you need it. Before you invest in vitamins, request a professional vitamin testing to decide on the right supplement and avoid unnecessary purchase.

2. Normal levels do NOT mean optimized levels!

GET THE RIGHT TYPE AND DOSAGE OF VITAMINS!

“Being in the range” does not mean optimization. Know your numbers and ask for optimization to get the full benefits. Micronutrient testing and a thorough review of it will determine the right dosage of your supplements. Vitamins are dose dependent and very potent if used correctly.

3. Your medications can cause vitamin deficiencies!

If you take these medications, get tested prior to supplementing

  • Statins (cholesterol lowering drugs) for example deplete COQ10 (a key anti-oxidant in the body which maintains energy, immunity and cardiovascular health)
  • Antacids will decrease B12, folic acid, vitamin D, Calcium, iron and zinc.
  • Antidepressants reduce COQ10 and B12
  • Oral contraceptives and hormones cause B deficiencies, Vit C, magnesium and selenium deficiencies.
  • All Antibiotics deplete and dysregulate gut bacteria
  • Some Diabetic drugs diminish COQ10 and B deficiencies
4. Vitamins are NOT all equal

CHOOSE WISELY

The FDA regulates dietary supplements under a different set of regulations than your prescription drugs. Make sure you choose your herbal supplements and vitamins wisely through certified and regulated sources

DID YOU KNOW?

In late 2015, the FDA found the majority of herbal supplements at GNC, Walmart, Walgreens and Target did not contain what they claimed – instead cheap fillers like soy and wheat...

5. Measuring your vitamin levels and supplementing your deficiencies with the right professional grade nutrients can be very beneficial!

MICRO-NUTRIENT TESTING IS OPTIMUM

Vitamins are key nutrients for our well-being. “Micro-nutrient testing” is a simple blood test that will guide you and your provider in choosing the right vitamin for the right reason and at the right dose. More companies do offer these types of testing now and you should choose a trained provider to also read and implement a plan once completed.

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