On The Soapbox – Supplements

Which Vitamins and supplements should we take and which can we leave? Shabir Daya, pharmacist and co-founder of victoriahealth.com, explains how to supplement well


    • I believe that a multivitamin is the first point of call and I would consider it as bridging the gap between food and a possible deficiency within the body. Think of it as an insurance policy in case a deficiency exists. Seek out one that closely resembles where vitamins come from – that’s to say, food. Synthetically produced vitamins aren’t as beneficial to the body as those from wholefood sources. I recommend Nature’s Way Alive! Daily Multivitamin Ultra Potency.

      After taking a multi-vitamin for a few weeks, gradually introduce probiotics such as Food Science Of Vermont Mega Probiotic ND and/or other supplements (perhaps turmeric, to fight cell mutation, and vitamin D3 – every gland in the body has a Vitamin D receptor). By following this slow regimen, it allows you to gauge if and which of the supplements have made a difference to you.

  • Always read the ingredients carefully; this will tell you if the supplement is of a good standard. Some, for example, contain magnesium oxide, which is poorly utilised by the body compared with magnesium citrate. In addition, check that the supplement is not full of binders such as magnesium stearate, titanium dioxide and hidden sugars and that the labelling flags any warnings. This shows that the manufacturer understands what it’s doing and cares for its customers.
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