Why you get what you pay for when it comes to supplements
-Jun 3, Jenny Paul , Health -
If you’re the sort of person who has a cupboard full of different supplements and takes handfuls every day then you could be doing yourself more harm than good. They’re designed to work hand in hand with a healthy lifestyle rather than as a substitute for one.
If you haven’t been eating a full, varied diet lately, have been ill or avoid certain food groups, a supplement could really help your health. For example, the majority of us don’t eat the recommended portion of oily fish each week and taking omega-3 in the form of flaxseed oil can help to top up intakes.
During the winter months, there is insufficient sunlight in the UK to make vitamin D in the body so Public Health England recommends all adults should take a daily supplement of 10mcg vitamin D. Recent research has shown that D3, found in Lumity supplements, is better absorbed than D2.
The form the vitamin supplement takes makes a huge difference to how effective it is. The ideal is a softgel capsule which is 100% natural and not packed with binders or other nasties that are not good for you like hard tablets often are.
But what you take it with does make a difference to how effective the supplement will be. If it has been carefully created and backed by rock solid science then you should be able to take your capsules with a sip of water. We prefer a two-step morning and night formula which means your team of nutrients are working together for optimum efficacy around the clock.
You get what you pay for when it comes to supplements
The price of vitamins seems to fluctuate wildly, but although they may look like they contain the same amount of vitamin they can be very different. More expensive vitamins are often more absorbable, plus contain higher quality and ethically sourced ingredients.
How much is too much of a good thing with vitamins and minerals?
It’s tempting to double up doses if supplements do us such good – but that’s both a waste of money and potentially dangerous to go over the top. Fat-soluble vitamins, A, D and E are stored in the body – so taking too many of these can be dangerous. So, follow the daily intake on the label and do not take more than is recommended.
How to store your supplements well
Many supplements will have storage directions and you do need to follow these guidelines or risk damaging the effectiveness of some of the ingredients, so if they say store in the fridge – do it! If you can’t see any directions on the packaging they are kept in a cool, dry place.
With Lumity we suggest to keep them by your toothbrush so that you never forget a morning or bedtime dose.
Why truly great health only begins with supplementation
Experts are keen to point out we shouldn’t rely on vitamins alone for good health. They should be a piece of a bigger jigsaw of good health. Our diet is where we should focus our attention as food also supplies us with other good things like fibre, protein and trace minerals.
This is best done by eating a variety of different foods from across the main food groups. If you haven’t been eating a full, varied diet – for example, if you’ve been ill or are avoiding certain food groups due to an allergy – then a supplement could be helpful for optimum health.
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