Vital Nutritionals Versus Discount Supplement Sites

Health food store shelves are filled with an assortment of vitamins, minerals, and other supplements all proclaiming to be the best. It can be extremely difficult finding the right supplements for you. After all, the Vital Nutritionals team could make an excellent case for why you need to take CoQ10, B- vitamins, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Glutathione, and Transfer Factors. But do you really need them all?

The simple answer is no.  I will say it again.  The team at Vital Nutritionals knows that you do not need to take a large number of supplements all of the time to be your best. You likely need to take some supplements, at various times, to function optimally.

Getting your macros and micros

Diet is extremely important. What you eat is as important as what you avoid. Your Macronutrients including carbohydrates, fats, proteins and water, fiber etc need to be fine tuned for your needs. Tweak these based on your goals like weight loss/gain, muscle gain, chronic illness etc. Support your Macros with your Micros! Magnesium is the number one nutrient deficiency.  If you have the MTHFR SNP then you need active folic acid, but only after your support other pathways first! Your immune system needs copper just as much as Zinc to function optimally. Iron is needed for proper neurotransmitter function and mood support, but only if low. And, it turns out supplementing iron every other day is better than daily dosing. No Joke.  Stay tuned for the explanation. Supplement what you need, not what you don’t.

Supplements and Expensive Urine

Bottle with tablets in it.

I have heard this a lot. “I have expensive pee” as if the supplements go from the mouth to the urine without making any other stops. Well, first, let’s look at it a different way. I would be more concerned about tablets.  Very few companies offer tablets that easily break down. Due to how tightly they are compressed and the fillers most tablets just pass through your body offering little benefit. I argue most tablets give you expensive poop! In fact, in medical school while sitting in radiographics class we were looking at an x-ray of a woman’s abdomen and I saw several white spots throughout the x-ray.  We asked what was going on and we were told they were calcium tablets passing through the intestines and that they will eventually be eliminated whole or nearly whole.

So, what about passing nutrients into urine? Taking a B-complex certainly turns your urine a bright yellow (or it should) but it does this because the B-Vitamins are absorbed through intestines, into the blood and then they circulate through your body, nourishing cells and eventually some of the vitamins get filtered by your kidneys into your urine. The fact that you see bright colored urine following taking a B-complex at the very least supports the fact that the supplement was absorbed and circulated through your body before reaching the kidneys.

The take home: Don’t waste your money on poor quality supplements or you may literally be “defecating” your money away!

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