Nutritional Supplements Guide

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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Nutritional supplements are the subject of articles and entire books and professions. Before you take anything, you're well advised to read carefully. What's certain is that thanks to our overuse and misuse of our environment, we need them now more than ever.

Quality and Types of Nutritional Supplements

You're adding nutritional supplements to your diet because the environment isn't providing them any longer. It's important to make sure that the supplements themselves don't contain any of the substances you're trying both to avoid and protect against: microbial contamination (yeast, bacteria, mold), heavy metals (lead, mercury, aluminum, arsenic, cadmium), chemical residue (pesticides or herbicides), dioxins, and PCBs. To bespeak the obvious, make sure the product contains what the label claims it does.

First and best are whole foods: fresh, unprocessed foods grown in good, rich, unadulterated soil or raised in open air. Moving along to actual supplements, the best of them are in fact foods, whether a portion (such as wheat germ) or a natural concentrate (such as bee pollen), or herbs.

Next come manufactured nutritional supplements without additives, usually in a natural base. These come as pills, capsules, caplets, tinctures, herbs, teas, and powders. After them come the synthetics, which (despite being chemically similar or identical to their natural counterparts) are best avoided altogether. Remember that the only US state or province in North America that regulates organic products is California. Products from anywhere else advertised as organic are something of an unknown.

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