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3 Step Guide: Choosing Quality Supplements

Not all high-quality supplements are made equal.

1. Are the micronutrients bioavailable?

Vitamins and minerals are most useful when they are taken in ther activated forms and easily absorbed by the gut.

A healthy digestive tract is important for a successful program. If there are signs of poor digestion (e.g. diarrhea, constipation, abdominal bloating), work on this first to get the most "bang for your buck" from your supplements.

2. Are "Other Ingredients" limited?

Aim for supplements that have less than 3 items listed under "Other Ingredients". (This list is typically found under the Supplement Facts Table).

The most items listed here can take away the therapeutic effect of the supplement. The first 2 items are usually components of the capsule (e.g. cellulose, water). The third item is typically silicon dioxide used to prevent clumping of the granuated contents. Look for liquid capsules, where silicon dioxide is replaced by vegetable glycerin to extract and preserve medicinal properties.

3. Is there variety in the formula?

The healthy body is composed of many vitamins and minerals working together in a network of biochemical pathways responsible for daily functions including metabolism, hormone balancing, and immune function. A blend of vitamins and minerals will work better than just one stand alone supplement.

While many supplements and health products are available over-the-counter and online, it is advisable to take them under a licensed healthcare provider. We make sure you are not only taking the best supplements. We make sure you are taking the right amount and that do not negatively interact with any medication you may be taking concurrently. We will also make sure you are not wasting your money on low quality supplements or products you really do not need.

Dr. Krisel Nagallo, Naturopathic Physician Dr. Krisel Nagallo Dr. Krisel Nagallo is an Arizona-licensed naturopathic physician with a passion for wellness education. She values educating patients as Medical Director at Phoenix Anti-Aging Clinic. Her blog features her clinical experiences in addressing health issues we experience on a daily basis. When she is not seeing patients, she inspires future health professionals as Adjunct Faculty (Grand Canyon University, Phoenix AZ) and interviews naturopathic doctor hopefuls as an Admissions Panelist for Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (Tempe, AZ).

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