(Be Informed Series – Part 4 of 5)
Did you know taking your vitamins twice a day is the optimal amount needed? Many vitamins are recommended to be taken only once a day, when in fact, twice a day ensures optimal nutrient intake. As always, first and foremost it is important to ensure that the vitamin you are taking is a quality ensured clean vitamin.
Why doesn’t one vitamin a day cut it?
Because you cannot eat all the nutrients you need in one sitting, you eat multiple times throughout the day. As our bodies use energy and resources throughout the day, it’s important to replenish your energy supply through intake of additional nutrients. Similarly, our bodies use the nutrients it needs from our vitamins and need to be replenished later in the day. If we were to pack all the nutrients needed for a whole day in one pill, it would be massive…like the size of a golf ball; try swallowing that one. So, to ensure twenty four hour protection and a healthier life overall, it is important to take vitamins twice a day – then you are always covered! Below is a helpful checklist I found that quickly outlines what to look for in quality vitamins.
Supplement Buyer’s Checklist
It’s easy to become overwhelmed by choices when you step into a health food store. Here’s a summary of what you need to keep in mind as you select your supplements:
- Read labels carefully.
- Make sure supplements contain the appropriate levels of key nutrients.
- Select the right nutrient form, i.e., natural forms of vitamin E and beta-carotene.
- Avoid products that contain artificial colors, flavors, and excessive additives and fillers.
- Buy from reputable manufacturers.
- Realize that price often has some bearing on overall quality.
- Be aware that seals of approval—or lack thereof—are not the most valid determination of a supplement’s quality.
- Consider the specific amounts of EPA and DHA when purchasing fish oil.
- Look for standardized extracts of most herbs.
- Check expiration dates—if a product doesn’t have one, don’t buy it.
- Don’t fall for marketing hype. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.