Eating healthy is not enough
You eat your recommended amount of fruits and vegetables so you should be good, right? Sadly, the answer is no.
The spinach you are consuming today has far less nutrients than spinach eaten 50 years ago. Why?
Buying your vitamins from a big box store?
As a recent investigation, led by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, uncovered: 'the investigation focused on a variety of herbal supplements from four major retailers: GNC, Target, Walmart and Walgreen Co. Lab tests determined that only 21 percent of the products actually had DNA from the the plants advertised on the labels.' (http://www.cbsnews.com/news/herbal-supplements-targeted-by-new-york-attorney-general/)
A few of the ingredients discovered included rice, beans, houseplant, citrus, wheat. Ingredients may also be synthetic, rather than whole food based.
Supplements may also be contaminated with heavy metals. Many big brand products import their ingredients from overseas, where there are no metal tests conducted.
So what can you do?
You can still find high quality supplements that will help you meet nutritional standards.
- Read the labels. The ingredients should be the vitamins, not additional fillers. If you see mention of maltodextrin, carrageenan, acrylamides, yeast extract, or any FD&C (such as Yellow #6, Red #40), steer clear.
- Below is an example of the ingredients in a commonly available supplement versus one available through a doctor or practitioner.
- Look for GMP - certified manufacturing. A manufacturer of high quality supplements will have a GMP certification. They will also perform a number of different tests (before, during and after manufacturing) to ensure the quality of the finished product.
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