Smart Vitamin Buying

There are more than 1600 hundred vitamin/supplement brands in the USA made by fewer than 20 companies So prices are set by the type of marketing i.e. on line, retail stores, Drs web pages, MLMs (multi level marketing) and giant retailers’ private labels. Specifically ,a large vitamin manufacture which makes 18 different brands (all well recognized) with each having its own marketing. The products sold on line and the ones sold in the retail store have different brand names BUT the same inventory number, same strength, and same number of pills. However, the store brand is twice the price of the online brand.

Consumer Labs in New York, is the company that tests vitamins/supplements for quality, content, purity, ads, and price comparisons. The following is a quote from Consumer Labs after completing a massive survey of prices vs quality.  “ You certainly don’t need to pay the highest prices to get good quality supplements. In fact, Consumer Labs has found that some of the most economical products costing pennies per day are of better quality than premium priced supplements costing more than a dollar a day.”

Examples: cents per pill (same strength and number of pills)
- Co Q 10 9 vs 78      
- Lutein 9 vs 119    
- Magnesium 2 vs 83      
- Vit C 3 vs 78    
- Vit D3 4 vs 37  
- Fish Oil 5 vs 105

Consumer Labs’survey with answers from 10000 members  covered more than 1600 brands for popularity. It showed Life Extension Foundation to be the most popular overall. Others: Calcium and CO Q 10: Puritan Pride; Fish Oil and Multi Vit; Life Extension Foundation. Most popular on line retailer:  Swanson.

Vitamins are usually made from rock or coal tar and others are grown in nutritionally saturated water using plants like mustard seeds.  Calcium and Magnesium etc. are elements and cannot be changed chemically. Yes you can add to their structure (like Magnesium oxide or citrate)  or add additives but it has not changed the element itself. So vit C  is Vit C  without additives.

In my opinion on line Drs and MLM companies are the last place to buy supplements. They are rarely tested by Consumer Labs and probably do not have their own manufacturing facilities. These supplements are sold based on the doctors’ online reputation at very high prices. Some are made in China.

Supplements can be delivered anywhere in Mexico.

Essential Oils: What Are They? What Do They Do?

When a Supplement is called “Essential”   it means that the body does not produce it and, therefore, it has to be “supplemented” by other means—mostly by mouth.

There are several OILS (called fatty oils) that are important to your health. For one thing the brain is largely made up of these fatty oils. The “oil” known as Omega 3 is usually derived from cold water fish specifically mackerel, herring, halibut and salmon, or from Flaxseeds.( Many of you will remember being “forced” to take cod liver oils as kids). Omega 3 is a combination of EPA and DHA oils (the scientific names I will not bother you with). 

More and more strong evidence suggests that Omega 3 is one of the, most helpful supplements in your heart’s health  in the growth of cells, and in your immune and nervous system. Omega 3 comes in capsule form with a recommended dosage of 1000mg twice a day. Flaxseed oil has the added benefit of helping to maintain present cholesterol levels.

The Omega 6 oils come from Borage, Evening Primrose and Black Current oils. These are also essential and have successfully been used to combat  pain due to arthritis in its different forms. The base of Omega6 oils are grains and cereals. Omega 3 and 6 have been studied extensively and good results have been obtained using them to improve: age related mental impairment, Alzheimers, anticancer treatments, breast cancer, herpes, prostate cancer prevention and pain management, AND help maintain strong bones.

This is one of the most important supplements available. The various names are: DHA, EPA, OMEGA3, OMEGA 3,6,9.,FLAXSEED, AND GLA. Omega 3 oils should be accompanied by vitamin gamma E.

VITAMIN E is one of the most important antioxidants necessary to good health. . There are, however, various forms of this vitamin. The prefix “dl” states the vitamin is chemically produced, “d” is the natural form and is absorbed much more rapidly into your system.  Some research has found the synthetic Vit E is almost worthless. There are also the Alpha and Gamma forms. The considered best is Gamma Tocopherol a combination of both alpha+gamma tocopherols and tocotrienols.

Vitamin E works well with vitamin C and Selenium. It is a strong anti oxidant to fight free radicals in the body and helps maintains a healthy immune and prostate system. 

Several years ago at the Un of California Berkley researches discovered that old almost dying rats could be revived by using a form of the amino acid L- Carnitine ( used for heart health)  known as Acetyl L Carnitine (ALC). It was discovered that ALC slowed the breakdown of the animal’s cells – a real anti aging sign—and when the addition of a very strong anti- oxidant called Alpha Lipoic Acid( ALA) was added the rats remained  healthy. ALC is also widely known as a protector of brain cells.

ALA also promotes muscle energy, liver health, and revitalizes the underlying skin structure so it looks more radiant. ALA also has the ability to “recycle” the anti oxidants Vitamins C, E and Co Q -10 to help fight free radicals.