Which vitamins are “good”? Which types do you really need?

Have you ever stood in the health food store, sure that your body needs supplements, but overwhelmed by the selection and variety?

Dr. Andrew Weil is well versed in vitamin research. He is quite qualified to share which nutrient forms are the most beneficial. Try his listing as guidance in what to look for:

·      Vitamin A: This supplement supports eye health, bone growth, reproduction and a healthy immune system, but be careful; some vitamin A supplements can be toxic, even in moderate amounts. Avoiding toxicity by employing mixed carotenoids, which are the body’s vitamin A conversion substances. They are believed to increase and maximize effectiveness.

·      Vitamin D: This vitamin is best for humans in D3 form, the type the skin creates when exposed to the sun or ultraviolet light. Cheaper vitamins ususally contain vitamin D2, the plant type. Though D2 is usable by the body, it has to be converted to D3.

·      Vitamin E: Vitamin E is an essential micronutrient. It plays an integral part in sustaining overall health. To avoid manufacturers’ practice of using inexpensive, synthetic versions in inadequate amounts of eight compounds needed by the body, use “a complete, naturally derived mixed tocopherol/tocotrienol complex.” This will better emulate the natural, dietary vitamin E.

·      Calcium: Take a close look at your supplement. Is it calcium carbonate (the most common type), calcium lactate, or calcium aspartate? Choose calcium citrate, as it’s more easily absorbed by the body, than the others available options.

·      Fish Oils: “Oils derived from the fat of cold-water fish are an excellent source of essential omega-3 fatty acids.” But watch out for fish sourcing, contamination, and environmental pollutants. Supplements derived from fresh sources are more pure. Look for a five-star purity rating from the International Fish Oil Standards program.

Read the full article here: Are Your Vitamins “Good”? – Dr Weil’s Daily Health Tips – Natural Health Information