All Nutritional Supplements Are Not Created Equal
As you know, I talk about vitamins and minerals a lot. Unfortunately, some people interpret what I say to mean one vitamin or mineral is about the same as any other. Well, no.
If I talked about cars, the one’s-as-good-as-another thought wouldn’t come out of anybody’s mouth. And the phrase, “They’re all the same,” would never come up if I spoke of baseball teams, at least not among sports fans. Same with cosmetics. Neighborhoods. And on and on.
But the word has gone forth that supplements are kind of silly in the first place, and one’s as good as any other-if they’re any good at all.
Au contraire! (To impress you with a little French lingo. Or not.)
Supplements are different
Well, then, how do vitamins differ and why should I care, you might ask. And it makes me smile when you ask such good questions.
Let me sum it up: Cheap is cheap. Now, I’m all for frugality, preferring not to overpay, but cheap is a whole different thing.
But here’s the kicker: A lot of companies charge the big bucks for cheap supplements. Supplements sold in drug stores, grocery stores, Costco, Sam’s Club, Target, Walmart, etc. are created on the cheap. They cost more than they’re worth.
Sure, they may make you feel some better, but not nearly as much as a quality product.
And here’s kicker #2: It takes a lot of study to distinguish cheap from inexpensive. And reading all those labels isn’t even close to fun.
That’s why I provide direct links to quality supplements in Pep for the Pooped and the Moving to Health program (links below). I’ve already suffered through all the label-reading so you don’t have to.
But let me offer some label-reading tips for those absolutely convinced they want to go it alone.
Famous names on the label say nothing about quality. Price perhaps, but not quality. The supplements may be good or pretty pitiful, but you have to check out the ingredients to know.
For starters, you need to know that the front of the label can say anything, factual or not. The back of the label is where they have to tell the truth. It may be all fancied up to sound good, but it has to be truthful.
Before squinting to read each and every ingredient, go to the bottom of the ingredient list to “Other ingredients” and see what’s there.
If you see maltodextrin, take a pass. Widely used as a sweetener and filler, maltodextrin contains the excitotoxin, glutamate, which overstimulates your hypothalamus-a part of the brain-and damages it. Why would you want a nutritional supplement that causes brain damage?
And if you see soybean oil, put the container back on the shelf and walk quickly away. Soy stomps on the thyroid, adds bogus estrogen to your body, causes kidney stones and generally creates mayhem. Some people claim soy is a fabulous health food, but it’s poison. Especially now that it’s genetically-modified, the better to damage your DNA.
Soy lecithin is a different story from soy or soy oil. It’s a by-product of producing soy oil, but it’s pretty much had the soy knocked out of it.
People argue loud and long about whether soy lecithin is good or bad, but the people I trust don’t find a problem with using it as an additive. They recommend against using stand-alone soy lecithin supplements, though; it’s too much and not balanced with anything else.
Another thing to watch for is corn starch. Many people have a corn allergy-especially those with digestion problems. Plus, the stuff’s genetically modified.
In an animal study, the children of animals fed genetically-modified foods had great trouble reproducing, and the grandchildren were sterile.
We have no human studies so eating genetically-modified foods, makes you a guinea pig-and it’s your kids that will pay the biggest price.
And those are just the “Other ingredients.”
If you’re going to spend money on supplements, get the good stuff. Use my links or spend some serious time in study, but however you work it out, get the good stuff.
God is good,
Copyright by Bette Dowdell. All rights reserved
P.S. Bette Dowdell is not a doctor, nor does she purport to be She’s a patient who’s been studying and successfully handling her own endocrine problems for more than 30 years. She offers introductory teleseminars and an in-depth 12-month subscription program, “Moving to Health” about living well with endocrine issues. She explains how things work-or don’t, discusses what things to avoid as well as the things that help, and she provides a lot of well-researched nutritional information. Subscribe to her free e-zine at Information is power.
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