Do Supplements & Vitamins Work?

Vitamins or supplements are only the first step toward good nutrition and we have several kinds on our shelves. I personally do not sell anything here that doesn’t meet my expectations and that I personally haven’t tried.  My goal is to help people find healthy living and improve their lifestyle in abundance to be the best version of themselves.

Please take time to read this to the end for some valuable information.

When it comes to Vitamins and Supplements, absorption,( how much of a nutrient is actually utilized by the body,)depends on many factors, including the form of a supplement and the “delivery system” (tablet, capsule, or liquid). Taken improperly, many nutrients are excreted through the kidneys, creating nothing more than “expensive urine”.

WHY MOST SUPPLEMENTS ARE NOT AS GOOD AS YOU EXPECT THEM TO BE

The problem with most nutritional supplements is that their ingredients are combined with fillers, binders, and other additives, making them difficult to be recognized and absorbed by the body. They’re also likely degraded by digestive fluids/acids and enzymes in the digestive tract. The result? Only a small portion of nutrients reaches their intended cellular target. Eeek!

Go ahead and grab your supplements and take a look at the label as you read because I did!

General tip: The words “citrate”, “picolinate”, “aspartate”, “glutamate”, or “amino acid chelate” following the name of a nutrient (chromium picolinate, for example) indicate that a product is easier to absorb than one with the words “oxide” or “carbonate” following the nutrient name.

Multivitamins: Check to see what type of vitamin E your multivitamins contain. Look for D alpha tocopherol, not DL alpha tocopherol—it’s the synthetic version of vitamin E and doesn’t make its way through the body as efficiently as natural vitamin E. All multivitamins (as well as other supplements) should be bottled in dark or opaque containers to prevent degradation by light.

Calcium: Steer away from calcium carbonate and look instead for calcium citrate, the more easily absorbed of the two. The carbonate version is commonly derived from oyster shell and bone, which may have absorbed toxins from the earth or sea, which then may be passed on to you. For some postmenopausal women, calcium carbonate is a poor choice because they may have too little stomach acid to absorb it.

Timing: It is recommended to take multivitamins throughout the day, not in one large dose, because the body can only absorb a limited amount of a supplement at one time and the rest is excreted. In addition, the higher the dosage of a supplement taken at one time, the lower the absorption rate. For example, in clinical studies, when a person takes 100 micrograms (mcg) of vitamin B12 in a single dose, about 80 percent is absorbed. That rate drops to 3 percent when the single dose increases to 2,000 mcg. WOW!

Delivery systems: Capsules were once the most easily absorbed form of supplement. Today’s soft-pressed tablets break down just as easily as capsules, although not all tablets are soft-pressed. Tablets and sprays are quickly absorbed through the oral mucosa into the bloodstream, bypassing the intestinal tract.

The >>>>>>>advanced technology some companies are using is called Lipsomes. Liposomes are double-layered “bubbles” or spheres that surround nutrients, helping them to pass through the harsh environment of the digestive system intact for better absorption and use by the body.  I have found some Vitamins/SUPPLEMENTS >>>>>AVAILABLE HERE 

I will also have some available to purchase!

Do you know HOW you can get your daily recommended vitamins from food?

Here’s how much of each vitamin you actually need per day:

Vitamin A


For: Good vision and possibly reducing the risk of prostate cancer.
Found in: Beef, liver, eggs, carrots and sweet potatoes.
Recommended dose: 900 micrograms/day, which can roughly be found in two medium carrots.  

GET THIS IN OUR JUICE SMOOTHIES OR DAILY SOUPS

Vitamin B1 (Thiamin)
For: Healthy hair, skin, nails, muscles and brain.
Found in: Ham, sunflower seeds and watermelons, Half a cup of oatmeal gives you 7% of the daily value.
Recommended dose: 1.2 milligrams/day, which can be found in 3 ½ ounces (or a big handful) of sunflower seeds.

WE CAN ADD SUNFLOWER SEEDS TO ANYTHING!

Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
For: Healthy skin, blood cells, brain and nervous system.
Found in: Meat, poultry, beets, & fish.  Vegetarian sources include avocado, peanuts, whole grains, mushrooms, green peas and potatoes.
Recommended dose: 20 milligrams/day.

WE HAVE AVOCADO TOAST, MUSHROOM GRILLED CHEESE AND POTATO SOUP!

Vitamin B12
For: Helps protect nerve cells, helps make red blood cells, might also lower risk of heart disease.
Found in: Meat, poultry, milk, cheese but for vegans: Coconut Milk and Almond milk fortified with B12, Nutritional Yeast or Core Supplements

Recommended dose: 2.4 micrograms/day, which can be found in less than an ounce of canned tuna or >>>>>>>>>>> Core Complete Supplements

Vitamin C
For: Helps protect cells from damage, improves absorption of iron and helps the body make collagen, a protein required to heal wounds.
Found in: Citrus fruits, juices, potatoes, broccoli, spinach and tomatoes.
Recommended dose: 90 milligrams/day, which can be found in one medium orange.

WE HAVE LOTS OF FRUITS AND VEGGIES THAT CONTAIN VITAMIN C IN OUR JUICES, SMOOTHIES AND SOUPS/SALADS!

Vitamin D
For: Acts as an antioxidant, protects cells, might help prevent Alzheimer’s and prostate cancer. immune system function, nervous system, muscles and skin. Recently it has been shown to be beneficial in the treatment of autoimmune diseases, such as multiple sclerosis and fibromyalgia.
Found in: Dairy fatty fish, beef liver, eggs and leafy green vegetables.
Recommended dose: 15 micrograms/day, which can be found in 3 ounces of cooked salmon.

The two most important forms of vitamin D are animal sourced D3 called cholecalciferol (most common in supplements) and plant sourced D2 called ergocalciferol.  If we would spend enough time in the sun, then we would not require vitamin D from food.

WE CAN ADD KALE OR SPINACH TO ANY JUICE OR SMOOTHIE OR JUST PICK UP A SALAD!   It’s good to aim for at least a cup of fresh spinach or a half a cup of cooked spinach each day for maximum nutritional benefits.

Calcium

For: Bone and teeth health. Helps with blood clotting and muscle contractions and helps maintain healthy blood pressure.
Found in: Although everyone thinks of milk as the go-to source of calcium, it’s actually doing more harm to your bones than good. Dairy products (including cheese and yogurt) can be high in saturated fat and retinol (vitamin A), which at high levels can weaken the bones by triggering an increase in osteoclasts (the cells that break down bone tissue). Instead, try non-dairy sources of calcium, which include tofu, salmon, broccoli, kale, collard greens, bok choy, fortified soy milk and baked beans.
Recommended dose: 1,000 milligrams/day

WE OFFER BROCCOLI AS A SIDE DISH/SALADS AND KALE IN OUR INCREDIBLE HULK!

Iron

For: Helps hemoglobin in red blood cells and helps the body make amino acids, collagen, neurotransmitters and hormones.
Found in: Lean red meat, poultry, fish, oysters, beans, lentils, broccoli, dark chocolate.
Recommended dose: 8 milligrams/day, which can be found in 2 ½ cups of white beans.

Zinc  

For: Needed for immune system health, taste, smell and wound healing.
Found in: almonds (3.3mg per 100g), pecans (5mg) and walnuts (2.9mg).
Recommended dose: 11 milligrams/day

HAVE YOU TRIED OUR BITES?  WE HAVE LOTS OF NUTS AND ALSO IN OUR >>>>>> EBARS!

Smoothie Bowls

What does all this mean?  Eat AT WHEATGRASS JUICE BAR!

Remember, be the best version of yourself, eat healthy, stay health and live a life of abundance!

Melissa Phillips BCBC/HC

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