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How to Choose the Right Supplements or Vitamins

how to choose the right vitamin

When one is trying to make a change to their diet, they often need to take supplements.  It’s so very important that you know how to choose the right supplements or vitamins. The supplements that one takes are often very specific to one’s condition.  There are also many different combinations of certain supplements and vitamins, that one must do their homework before ingesting them.

When one is doing their research or gone to the doctor, one must make sure they are searching for the exact item they need.  For instance – if your doctor prescribes you Vitamin D3, you’re going to want to get that rather than Vitamin D2.  There is a significant difference as to how the body reacts to each of those.

Let’s take a look at process one would benefit from before making a purchase:

The Search

When one is trying to learn more about supplements, one must make sure they search for the exact supplement or vitamin that was recommended.  One will often find supplements with there being different combinations and one will be able to compare these products before making a purchase. 

The Brands

With their being so many brands of each supplement, it is best for one to take the brand that they prefer. When you do not know which brand to pick, you should make sure that you are reading reviews on the sites to see what you can extract from those reviews. These reviews will help you make wise decisions and you can stick with those brands for many years to come.  That said, it is imperative that you read between the lines with online reviews.  One never knows if someone left a review for the wrong product or if they have been paid to write a review.  It’s pretty easy to tell from reading a review, just by the tone of the review, which is an honest review and so forth.

The Combinations

When one is taking more than one vitamin at a time, one needs to make sure that they are taking the combinations correctly. You need to purchase the proper dosages and you need to make sure that you are going to feel comfortable with these combinations.

There are times when some supplements do not respond well to each other or with prescription medications.  It is best for the user to research the combinations on the site before buying.  This is imperative.  Just because it’s suggested for you to take Ginkgo, you may already be taking a prescription medication that does not work well with Ginkgo.  A simple web search as Ginkgo with Nexium will bring up a lot of results that you need to read.

Dosages

The dosages for every vitamin must be chosen carefully for everyone’s safety. There are many vitamins that must be taken in small dosages, and there are other vitamins that must be taken at a higher dosage. When one chooses the right dosage, they are more likely to get good results.  A perfect example of this – my son was prescribed 1000 mg. of Vit. D3.  When he went to have his blood drawn – his Vit. D level wasn’t in therapeutic range.  The doc wanted him to continue taking that dosage, when I said – that doesn’t make sense – his level was low on that dose.  She agreed and we bumped it up.  In fact, I bumped it up to 5000 iu 4 times a week.  I did my research beforehand though.  Another example – Vitamin C.  Vitamin C is a healer, and at higher dosages, can help with pain relief.  However; those who have kidney issues should not take high doses of Vitamin C.

Every individual who is taking vitamins/supplements must make sure that they are taking them in the right way.  Some may require that they be ingested with food, others may work better on an empty stomach.  Then there are some that need another supplement to be taken along with the chosen main supplement in order to get the best results.

All in all – vitamins and supplements can offer a lot to the human body.  Most can be had fairly cheap and make you feel a lot better over the course of a month or two.

Do you take supplements/vitamins?  Do you take the time to research them?  Do you take the time to be informed?

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  52 Responses to “How to Choose the Right Supplements or Vitamins”

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  1. Thank you for all this useful information on vitamin supplements. This is very helpful

  2. Thanks for the info looking good

  3. Any information about supplements is very helpful. There are so many to choose from and I do want to take the right dosage also.

  4. Great information. I personally take gummies or liquid for women because I hate taking pills.

  5. It is hard to know exactly what vitamins, etc., you need. I do have certain brands that I trust, too.

  6. I am on a vitamin search right now. We live in a very cloudy area and everyone I know is D deficient. I take 2,000 mg a day like my dr suggested. I just am not sure what else I should be taking.

    • It’s certainly hard to figure out what supplements are best for you. Personally, I take 5000iu of Vit D3 in addition to what’s in my multivitamin as I drop low very fast. I also make sure there is enough vitamin C (I actually take extra to what’s in the MV. Vit C is a healer and important for bones. Magnesium plays a huge role in the body – I take extra to what’s in the MV. And I make sure the Multi has B vitamins – and folate (folic acid. I hope you find the one that’s right for you. Maybe you’d find the Mercola site to be helpful. I trust what he says – he backs his articles with citations.

  7. Very helpful information, thanks for sharing! It can be kind of tricky to choose the right vitamins and supplements for your specific need, as some can actually harm you rather than do good.

    • Yes, you are so right. Some supplements can and do actually cause you harm. Too much of a good thing isn’t always in our best interest.

  8. I take the vitamins and supplements recommended by my physician.

  9. This can be very confusing. Thanks for the post.

  10. I’ve taken them my entire adult life and always looking for the safest most effective

  11. I take supplements and usually think I could learn more about them and I try to do that. I take vitamin b, vitamin c and a men’s vitamin.

  12. Thanks for all the info.

  13. Thanks for the great info.

  14. There’s a lot of good information here. I’m not one to take vitamins, but to those that do — this info would definitely be helpful.

  15. I never get sick (almost never – it’s been 7 1/2 years since I’ve had even a sniffle) so I don’t think much about vitamins and supplements. I’m getting older so I should probably look into it a little more.

  16. I take a multi vitamin and other supplements.

  17. Thank you for the great information. It gets really confusing about dosages, timing, and combining supplements and vitamins.

  18. Thank you for this great information. I usually only take a one a day vitamin. I will be researching vitamins now to see which ones and which vitamins I should be taking

    • This information about choosing the right supplements or vitamins is very helpful. Thanks for sharing!

  19. I really agree about reading reviews and looking up info, so important to know what you’re taking and is truly beneficial, thank you for all the helpful info!

  20. Good to know about these.

  21. A lot of people don’t realize many vitamins are disposed of by our bodies because they have enough in their system & too much of some can be harmful. Thanks.

  22. I take a multi-viatmin. Keeps me well and I rarely get sick now. I always look up interactions with medication !

  23. Vitamins and supplements can be really confusing. I know I’m never sure how much of this or that I need.

  24. Thank you for sharing the information on the right supplements and vitamins to take. I’m over 50 and it hard to find the right ones for me.

  25. We take several kinds of vitamins! Thanks for the ideas.

  26. Thanks for the info I did not know about all that went into choosing the right ones .

  27. It can really be confusing. These are very helpful tips.

  28. Great information here. Good to know about these. thanks for sharing.

  29. I appreciate you sharing this. I’m going to pass the info on to my family as well.

  30. I always take my daily vitamins and remind my teens to do the dame.

  31. I only take a multivitamin but my dermatologist just suggested I take vitamin b12 for my hair loss

  32. The only vitamins I take is melatonin occasionally.

  33. I’m usually on a multivitamin, i find that b complex has the most benefit for me

  34. I take vitamins and supplements that are recommended by my cousin who is a doctor.

  35. I take fish oil and a multi vitamin daily.

  36. I struggle with this because there are SO MANY types of vitamins to choose from. I just pick the chewy gummy one because I cannot swallow hoarse pills.

  37. Good article. I prefer gummies because I hate taking pills.

  38. Very helpful information. Thank you.

  39. Thank you for sharing. There are so many supplements that it can be quite confusing. I am considering a vitamin D supplement since ’tis the season of gloom

  40. I take Cinnamon to help lower my blood sugar

  41. So important to get the right dosages, thanks for the tips!

  42. I enjoyed this post. I have started taking more vitamins and supplements since I have gotten older.

  43. I take supplements because I have gotten older.

  44. This is really great and useful information. I have been wanting to get some good vitamins. Thank you.

  45. I like to take B vitamins for energy and vitamin C to help my immune system. I think vitamins are important.

  46. Thanks for the info because it does get confusing!

  47. Right now the only supplements I take are a prenatal and a daily iron supplement. I have been so curious as to what other vitamins my body needs, if the vitamins in my prenatal are enough daily for what I need, etc. I’m still in the research phase, but this is an interesting read! Thanks for posting!

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