It may seem ironic to be writing an article about issues with supplements, given that I created an online supplement shop and take supplements regularly. But I believe it is worth making the distinction between synthetic supplements and carefully selected food-grade supplements.
The supplement industry is often unregulated. This means that companies are able to make claims, manufacture and sell supplements even when the supplements have little to zero efficacy. In fact, a large percentage of all supplements on the market today are either ineffective, a placebo, or worse- dangerous.
In this study researchers discovered that supplements did not promote a longer life. They did discover however, that people with adequate intake of vitamin A, vitamin K, magnesium, zinc, and copper were less likely to die. However, that relationship only held for nutrient intake from food consumption. (April 16th, 2019 by Dr. Francis Collins).
This is good news! I believe that because food-grade supplements contain all their naturally occurring vitamins, we benefit greatly by taking them, in the same way people benefit from getting their vitamins from nutritious, nutrient-dense foods. Particularly, vitamins A, K2, zinc and copper can all be found in our Rare, Nutrient-Dense, Ancestral Superfoods section.
Some supplements can even be toxic, lethal or promote certain diseases. I’ve written about the trouble with multi vitamins and specific vitamins in this post.
We live in a time when nutrition matters the most, to most of us. And supplements have the potential to offer a myriad of health benefits and even help prevent and treat certain ailments in a convenient and affordable way.
The good news is, there is a way to search for the true blues out there in the vast billion-dollar supplement industry sea.
The purpose of an authentic supplement is to enhance wellbeing, prevent disease and even treat conditions. It should not take away from a person’s well-being or contribute to disease.
In my view, when looking for a good supplement, first thing is first: opt for food grade rather than synthetic. This doesn’t guarantee that because it is food grade it 100% effective or safe, but it is a start in the right direction.
Next, ensure that your supplements are free from toxins and additives and that they have some science to back them up. Look for labels such as organic, beyond organic, GMO-free, additive-free, pesticide free, hormone free, lab tested, third party tested.
Look for patented ingredients to ensure that the product isn’t generic.
Finally, do some research. See if the product has been reviewed in studies or published in medical journals or has been talked about in the medical community.
My main mission when I started my online shop was to find what I call ancestral food in a bottle. The convenience of being able to fill in those nutritional gaps when needed can be a game-changer for one’s health. This is why GoodieVibes sticks to food-grade, toxin-free, patented, well researched and tested products that are safe and effective. For example, in synthetic form, vitamin A can be toxic. On the other hand, Our Multi-Organs Blend of 6 Glandulars contains high levels of naturally occurring vitamin A from grass fed liver and spleen and it is safe and extremely nutritious.
Regain your power by taking ownership of your own health! I advise that you do your own research, make some calls, write some emails if needed. We are required to be more proactive with our health today than ever before. This might mean more self-education, analysis and research. This is how I came across some of the best supplements in the world and have benefitted from them every day.
Even though there is much confusion and delusion regarding the world of supplementation, it is possible to find that proverbial diamond in the ruff.
Wishing you all great health and vitality,