Best Vitamin Supplements

There are several factors to consider when choosing the best vitamin supplements for yourself and your family. You may have tried some vitamin nutritional supplements or other health products and found the results to be disappointing. In order to produce an effective product, manufacturers must use the right delivery system, the correct form of a nutrient and the right combination of ingredients.

Delivery System

The "delivery system" is the way in which a product is "delivered" to your body. Vitamin nutritional supplements come in many forms. The most common form is the hard tablet. Inexpensive store brands, generics and even some popular name brand varieties come in this form. The best vitamin supplements will have an enteric coating.

Supplements with an enteric coating are released in the upper intestine, rather than the stomach, where acid breaks the ingredients down into less effective forms. It also prevents the stomach upset caused by vitamins B12 and C.

Another way in which manufacturers ensure that the active ingredients are easily absorbed by the body is to include enzymes that when released in the upper intestine break large molecules down into smaller molecules that pass easily through the intestinal wall and into the blood stream. The best vitamin supplements contain enzymes such as Bromelain, Amylase, papain and protease to increase the bioavailability of other ingredients and to prevent indigestion.

Nutrient Form

Most vitamin nutritional supplements contain the synthetic or "man-made" forms of nutrients. For example, most daily multivitamins contain beta-carotene, which is converted within the body to vitamin A. Vitamin A is essential for good vision, a healthy immune system, healthy bones, teeth and skin. Supplement manufacturers know that synthetic vitamin A can be toxic to humans in large doses. Beta-carotene, on the other hand is believed to be non-toxic.

Synthetic beta-carotene may not provide the same health benefits as natural beta-carotene and may actually be dangerous to certain individuals. Scientists have observed a lower incidence of lung cancer rates in people who consume large amounts of fruits and vegetables containing beta-carotene.

However, studies using synthetic beta-carotene supplements did not reduce the rate of lung cancer in participants. Some studies even showed an increased risk of lung cancer in patients given a form of vitamin A known as retinyl palmitate, a synthetic form.

Most vitamin nutritional supplements contain a synthetic form of beta-carotene, because it is less expensive and readily available. Only the best vitamin supplements contain organic beta-carotene derived from marine algae.

Each vitamin, mineral, trace element, antioxidant and other nutrients have safe and effective forms, but not all manufacturers use the safest or the most effective forms. Listing the best form of each essential nutrient and the supporting evidence for choosing them would require many articles of this length.

Manufacturers of the best vitamin supplements have done the necessary research and development and can provide you the consumer with all of the information that you need to understand why each ingredient is included in the product. However, you will not find this information on the back of a bottle in a super market.

The Right Ingredients

Your age and sex have much to do with the nutrients that you need to support overall good health. Men and women between the ages of 18 and 30, as well as post-menopausal women have similar nutritional needs. People with existing health problems, like arthritis or diabetes, have different needs.

Manufacturers of the best vitamin supplements have a variety of products suitable for different individuals at different stages of their lives. For example, the nutritional needs of menopausal women are different from those of men of the same age.

There are about 80 different vitamins, minerals, trace elements, antioxidants, amino acids, enzymes and co-factors that are needed each and every day to prevent cell degeneration, premature aging and many diseases. Eating a low fat balanced diet is of course important, but it is practically impossible to plan meals containing the right foods in the right amounts and the right combination to provide complete nutrition every day.

Most people rely on vitamin nutritional supplements to protect their health, but only the best vitamin supplements contain ingredients that will restore and maintain normal organ, brain and immune system function. Most supplement manufacturers do not include all of these ingredients because of cost and availability.

On a daily basis, the average person needs boron, calcium, chromium, copper, magnesium, manganese, potassium, selenium and zinc. You are probably familiar with calcium. You may even be taking a calcium supplement, but if magnesium is not included in the ingredients, then the supplement may be useless. The body needs magnesium, manganese and the vitamins C and D in order to absorb calcium.

Studies have shown that most people do not get enough magnesium from the foods that they eat. The USDA has recommended that vitamin nutritional supplements containing magnesium should be recommended for anyone over the age of 55, to help prevent osteoporosis. It is the opinion of many experts that supplementation throughout one’s life should be recommended. Only the best vitamin supplements contain all of the essential minerals mentioned.

The best vitamin supplements will contain trace elements such as indium, lithium, tungsten and rubidium. Indium enhances the body’s ability to absorb other minerals. It helps correct mineral deficiencies and may increase energy, reduce the need for sleep and improve blood pressure.

Lithium is rarely found in average vitamin nutritional supplements, but is involved in many of the body’s functions. Studies have shown that it may be helpful in treating depression, because of its affect on certain neurotransmitters. It also improves the body’s ability to transport vitamin B12 and folate to brain cells.

Clinical studies have shown that tungsten may prevent Type II or adult onset diabetes. It helps the body to produce its own insulin. Rubidium is useful in the treatment of depression and seems to have a cancer preventing effect.

Only the best vitamin supplements will have the right delivery system and the right ingredients in the right form. Choose a reputable manufacturer with years of experience and a variety of supplements to choose from or your vitamin nutritional supplements may simply be a waste of money.

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