Super 6-Pack of Tips about Nutritional Supplements

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Feeling ill? There’s a pill for that.

Feeling well? There are plenty of pills for that, too.

I’m on the preventative side of health care, so in addition to curating diet and exercise routines, I’m frequently addressing questions regarding nutritional supplementation.

TEASER ALERT! Next week I’m going to break down five popular nutritional supplements (calcium, magnesium, Omega-3, multivitamins, & Vitamin D) by benefits, timing, absorption, efficacy and deficiency rates.

Vitamins & Minerals

Vitamins & Minerals

Without further ado, my “Super 6-Pack of Tips about Nutritional Supplements”

1               Understand that supplements are just that, supplementing a clean diet. Eat garbage and supplements will be a waste of time and money.

2              Take vitamins in the morning to help with energy and productivity.

3              Take minerals in the evening to help assist in rest and recovery.

4              Consume most supplements during or after meals to increase absorption rates and decrease the likelihood of nausea when ingested on an empty stomach.

5             Glycinate, Citrate and Carbonate…oh my!  Those are three of over 10+ varying types of Magnesium. Understand that often times there can be several forms of each vitamin & mineral supplement.  Next week I’ll share some insight on how to select the right form for highest efficacy, absorption and personal needs/wants.

6              Nearly all nutritionists and registered dietitians that I’ve interviewed over the years agree that three of the top tier nutritional supplement brands are Metagenics, Ortho Molecular Products and Nordic Naturals.

BONUS TIP: Avoid chewable supplements.  Most are nothing more than glorified candy with cheap ingredients.

Viactiv Calcium Chews

Viactiv Calcium Chews

Flintstones Chews

Flintstones Chews

Viacitiv (adult calcium chew) has sugar and trans fats, & the first three ingredients in Flintstones Children’s Multivitamins are all sugars. Take that to the food bank.


See you health nuts next week!