• w Good Are Your Vitamins?

    by Dr. Susan Sklar
    on Jan 20th, 2015

Recently I was at the CVS drug store and happened to pick up a box of vitamins designed to prevent macular degeneration.  “Oh, my gosh, I can’t believe this,” I exclaimed to my husband.  

When I looked at the details on the back of the vitamin box, I was appalled. 

First of all, there were just tiny amounts of all the important components for preventing age related macular degeneration–things like Vitamin B12, and B6, and Astaxanthin. And then there were some components that made no sense at all. One of these was L-glutathione. Glutathione is a very important antioxidant for sure, but it is so poorly absorbed by the intestinal tract as to nearly make it useless in an oral preparation. Arrgh! Makes me want to tear my hair out. 

So this got me to thinking about supplements in general. I can see how lost the public must be when trying to decide which vitamins to buy or even whether to buy them at all. So I decided to write up some general guidelines and hints for you. 

Find a trusted source to give you advice on vitamins and supplements. You either need a health practitioner that can give you advice or choose vitamin from one of the following companies: OrthoMolecular, Designs for Health, Xymogen, or Metagenics (I have no financial ties to any of these companies.  I have worked with them over the past seven years and vouch for their reliability.) 

Look for vitamins that contain the natural form of the following vitamins B12, folate and vitamin A. The natural form of Vitamin B12 is methylcobalamin. The natural form of folate is methylfolate and the natural form of vitamin A is mixed carotenoids. 

Of course the best way of getting your vitamins is in the most natural form–your food. Unfortunately, there are some reasons that this is difficult. One problem is that our food supply is lacking in essential nutrients due to the way that it is grown. Sometimes we need more intensive treatment than we can obtain through food alone. That’s when a good quality supplement is needed. 

Author Dr. Susan Sklar

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