Diet + Nutrition

5 Tips for Buying the Right Vitamins

Never Fear the Vitamin Aisle Again!

The vitamin aisle can be a very intimidating place. Here are 5 tips to help you save time, money and frustration when shopping for vitamins, minerals or supplements. 

5 Tips for Buying the Right Vitamins

  1. Be Specific
    • Know what you’re going in for and what you need to purchase.  If you’re suffering from a migraine and headaches and heard that Magnesium is good for that (which it is) you have to buy the right kind. Buying Magnesium Oxide may worsen your symptoms due to loss of fluids (as it’s a laxative) rather than Magnesium Malate with is highly absorbable and good for nerve pain, headaches, and migraines.
  2. Avoid Cheap, Low-Quality Products
    • NOT SALES!  Love the sales!  I’m talking about the low-quality synthetic vitamins that are at your major big box stores.  Calcium Carbonate and Magnesium Oxide are cheap sources, and your body does not absorb or utilize them effectively. Exceptions would be a multi-source mineral that is bound or chelated to something that will help drive it into the cells like Melaleuca Calcium Complete
  3. Read the Ingredients
    • If you already followed step number 1 and are specific about what you need as the main ingredient, great!  I’m talking about the ‘non-medicinal’ ingredients.  This is where things like fillers and other additives are that don’t need to be.  If there is a long list of non-medicinal ingredients, think to yourself – why does there need to be all this in there?  Is it filler or does it serve a purpose?
  4. Stop Searching for that Magic Pill
    • No matter what the hype is for that new compound discovered deep in the Amazon rainforest if you’re eating like garbage and not taking your staple vitamins, it’s not going to be the end all be all.
  5. Eat a Better Diet
    • You can buy tons of vitamins, minerals, herbs, and supplements, but if your diet is shit, you’re wasting your money.  Save yourself some hard earned money and make better choices about eating whole foods that are fresh and nutrient dense.  There will be far less wasted money on pill popping, and your body will thank you.  Chances are if you’re eating junk, then you’re likely buying the cheap, low-quality vitamins thinking you’re making up for it.  Nope and NOPE.  Quality over Quantity my friend.

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