Junky vitamins can often be passed off as quality and are often endorsed by celebrities or doctors. Low quality supplement companies often use marketing tricks to conceal their low quality products.
I’m often asked about quality as a nutritional expert and owner a dietary supplement business. The best way to understand the quality of a product is to examine the company’s various https://usefulvitamins.com/ and mineral products. This will help you to see past the hype and learn about the company’s production process.
You can easily identify the quality of a product by reading the labels. Start by looking at the minerals found in the multiple vitamin and multi-mineral products of any company.
Avoid Really Cheap Minerals
Minerals are essential nutrients for your health and required by many enzymes in your body. Excessive processing and poor farming can cause low levels of minerals in food. Pesticides that disrupt the natural sulfur cycle also contribute to low mineral levels. This results in chemically altered food as well as food with lower nutritional value. It is common to supplement high quality minerals, as well as important trace minerals.
These minerals can be found in all company’s multivitamin and bone-related products. Inorganic minerals are those that are found in the ground, while organic minerals are those that are found in plants and crops. Organic is a term used to describe food that does not contain pesticides.
Gym chalk, also known as inorganic Calcium carbonate, is the cheapest form. Oyster shell, bone meal, and dolomite are all other forms of low-cost calcium. Calcium gluconate (91% calcium, 91% sugar glucose) is another cheap form. These calcium forms require high amounts of hydrochloric acids to make them bioavailable. This is why they are often used as over-the-counter antacids. They aren’t very useful in the body once they have been absorbed. There is a possibility that these calcium forms could cause calcification of your arteries. It is unlikely that such low quality calcium will benefit your bones.
Magnesium oxide, the most expensive form of magnesium is often found in products containing low-quality calcium. Once absorbed, oxygenides require antioxidants to neutralize them. It is not acceptable to use a mineral form that has high levels of valuable antioxidants. Products that contain inorganic calcium carbonate or magnesium oxide should be thrown out with all other products made by this company.
What Minerals Are Best?
Minerals used in dietary supplements are often bound to another substance. The binding of minerals to other substances can have a profound effect on how they absorb and, even more important, where they end up and what they do within your body.
Calcium citrate (20% of calcium, 80% citric acids) is better than inorganic calcium carbonate. For 1000 mg of calcium citrate, you get 4000 mg of citric acids. This is equivalent to eating a pound worth of tomatoes. Too much citric acid can cause cell damage (mitochondria), by flooding the citric acid cycle (like filling a car with gasoline). High levels of citric acid can cause fatigue and make people tired. Calcium citrate, which is a low quality mineral that your cells cannot use efficiently, should not be used on a daily basis. Although small amounts of calcium citrate are not important, large quantities can be a problem for many people.
Companies have switched to magnesium aspartate (20% magnesium and 80% aspartic acids) in an attempt to avoid magnesium oxide. Although it is harmless, aspartic acid can be found in small quantities in foods. It can cause nerve damage if consumed in large quantities. Aspartate is not a good choice for primary magnesium or calcium in any dietary supplement.
You want minerals that are not only well absorbed but also have a useful function. I use magnesium malate in my Wellness Resources Daily Energy Multiple Vitamin. This form absorbs well and the malic acid is another valuable nutrient. It is absorbed into the cells along with the magnesium, and helps to activate the energy-producing citric acids cycle. This is a completely different reaction from citric acid. Malic acid stimulates cell energy production and is the most important Krebs citric acid cycle nutrient for fatigue.
In my Wellness Resources products, I use many calcium forms. I design them based on the idea that calcium and whatever it is bound can both be beneficial to your body. Calcium AEP, for example, helps to strengthen nerves, which makes it easier to tolerate stress. Tri Cal calcium taurate (Tri Cal), helps relax nerves because taurine, a well-known relaxant, is used. *
Wellness Resources Daily Bone Xcel I use a portion of the calcium as microcrystalline hydroxyappetite, which is small pieces of intact bone. These act as a true food for your bones and are easily absorbed, transported to them, and attached to the existing bone matrix. *
Is Coral Calcium good for you?
It can be used as a dietary supplement depending on the type of coral calcium. The natural ratio of coral calcium extracted from ocean waters is 2 to 1. It is usually harvested from dead coral reefs off the coast of Okinawa. This is an environmentally-friendly harvesting activity. To ensure that the raw material is safe for human consumption, reputable companies test it. The Okinawa citizens are known for their bone health. *
These calcium and magnesium forms are found in a carbonate structure but they are far more complex than the gym chalk. They are found in highly structured geometric structures that have been organically created by living coral reefs. They are the only minerals that can be absorbed in fats and water. They quickly produce mineral ions which your body can use in many metabolic processes. *
Coral calcium sold by companies that have been extracted from the ground should be avoided. This mineral is “weathered”, meaning that the natural magnesium, trace minerals, and other minerals have been washed away. This form is used in Japan to make concrete. This product is sold to the U.S. as a dietary supplement, claiming that it contains real coral calcium. These companies add cheap magnesium to the product and must list it on the label (typically magnesium dioxide). If you find a coral calcium product that contains magnesium oxide, throw it out.