Maximizing Your Supplements

By Terry Mercer, 2018, MD’s Choice, Inc.

Unless you're regularly eating a good balanced diet, getting at least minimal necessary exercise, most people will benefit from some additional PROPER nutritional supplementation. 

There really is more to 'eating healthy' than counting calories, or watching the amount and types of fats, or sodium and carbs levels... but getting a clue about HOW things are prepared, and where to get the actual vitamins, minerals, and necessary nutrients your body requires to be it's best.

Nutrition... whether in diet or supplemention, should be variable, based on your health condition, genetics, age, weight, and level of use, 

So you've decided to add some supplement of this or that... for some reason, likely because a doctor, friend, or advertisement suggested it, and for what ever reason, you know your body and health just aren't as great and perfect as they were a few years ago. So, you're trying to improve things. Awesome... seriously, that is a good thing. However, finding, learning about, and actually getting what your body needs isn't often quick, easy, or without effort.  

The challenges can be huge... especially for those new to the topics of diet, supplementation, and nutrition. Learning which ingredients are beneficial, which are a waste, and how some can actually be dangerous can be a daughting task.

  • How to determine which companies you can really trust (and why),
  • How to properly benefit from them. Understanding the supplement LABEL…   
  • Understanding the ingredients… the forms, quality, quantity (bioavailability) 
  • Divide the Dosing (minimum twice a day whenever possible, three times a day is better).
  • Be Consistent in taking them…
  • Make it easy on yourself to REMEMBER taking them (home, office, car… suitcase)…
  • Don’t substitute brands, as they are not usually the same…
  • Storage (never above room temperature, never in a window, car, RV that isn’t temperature controlled, or non-climate controlled building). Refrigerator or freezer is good, if you buy in bulk.
  • During a cold or flu season… you should really be taking your supplements faithfully, especially things like Vitamin C, Zinc, and immune system boosters.
  • Cycling (skipping) days… for vitamins, minerals, and ingredients it is NOT ADVISED in most cases; with herbs and certain other drugs, it is often necessary, and usually recommended.
  • Undigested supplements… the spit test, and form matters…
  • Reactions to ingredients in supplements…
  • For the best result, use a company you can trust... make sure there are no 'red flags' in ANY of their products currently on the market, and that you are able to rely on taking a dose that was precisely measured, consists of the same exact ingredients from batch to batch, with an amount of a specific active ingredient with known pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, as well as predictable drug-drug interactions. 
Consider, when any botanical or herbal ingredient is shown to actually contain any medicinally useful active ingredient... certain things historically, and predictably happen: 
  • first verified...
  • then studied,
  • isolated,
  • identified,
  • purified,
  • and studied more. 

If it is deemed 'GRAS' (generally recognized as safe), or at least contollably not deadly, and otherwise beneficial to enough people...  then specific minimum and maximum amounts (doses) necessary to be useful are determined (to calculate the cost of goods).  Then the Scope of Market questions must be answered:

  1. How many people are impacted if mass produced? 
  2. How often is the product needed? (For how long)
  3. Is there any competition? (If yes, who, where, what, how much)
  4. What are the manufacturing costs?  (start to finished packaging)
  5. What are the pros vs cons?  (list all, be picky)
  6. What are the benefits? (scientifically, ethically, morally, and financially)
  7. What could the liability really become? (could someone die with or without this product, really)

All information in this article is for educational purposes only. Nothing herein is for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription, or cure of any disease or health condition. If you have medical concerns, please see a real licensed doctor, who can actually see you... run any necessary tests, and focus on your specific needs, symptom(s), and unique situation. 

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