by Christine H. Farlow, D.C.
Vitamin and Mineral Supplements
What You Need To Know Before
Important! Read this before you buy another vitamin-mineral or
nutritional supplement product. This information is vitally important
to your health. All vitamin supplements are not the same. AND there is
no one supplement that is good for everyone. If anyone ever tells you
that theirs is the one supplement that everyone needs, run, don't walk
and don't look back.
How do you choose the vitamin-mineral and
supplements that you take? Or maybe you don't take any because you're
so overwhelmed by the choices and you don't know which to choose.
One product claims it's "the most comprehensive
to the body's need for life-giving nutrients." It has "100's of healthy
nutrients from all natural whole-food sources."
Another company says they produce the "highest
nutritional ... products available" that "make you feel and look
Still another company boasts "an exclusive line of
cutting-edge nutritional products" that are "quality, wellness and
Then there's the product that states it "has a
165 nutrients, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and whole food
extracts" which gives you "a more complete and broad spectrum of
ingredients [and] faster absorption..."
These are only a few of the claims made for
supplement products available today. There are hundreds of different
vitamin-mineral and nutritional supplement products competing for your
So, how do you choose?
Maybe you've heard someone say what fantastic
they got from taking a specific product. You tried it and you didn't
feel any different. Perhaps you did this a few times, with several
different products, and still you got no results. You might even have
gotten discouraged and decided that vitamin supplements just don't
work. Or quite possibly you continued to take them simply because you
felt you needed to, to be healthy, even though it didn't make you feel
Why do some people get such fantastic results that
rave about it to everyone who will listen and some people don't get any
results at all ... with the same product?
It all boils down to biochemical individuality. In
words individual differences. Those who get the most dramatic results
are generally the most deficient in the nutrients that product
provides. They had deficiencies the product corrected. And why didn't
you feel any different? Because the nutrients in that product were not
the right nutrients for your body or they weren't in the right
Not everybody needs the same vitamin and mineral
combinations in the same proportions. But everyone needs certain
amounts of vitamins and minerals to be healthy. Vitamins and minerals
are essential to life. And with the nutrient deficient soils our foods
are grown on, most people don't get enough nutrients from their food
alone to be truly healthy. Even the American Medical Association (AMA)
recommends that every adult take a vitamin/mineral supplement daily.
So how do you choose a good quality supplement
that will give you all the nutrients that you need?
First, let's take a look at some facts that you
need to know about how vitamins and minerals work in your body.
- Vitamins and minerals work together. They need
taken in the right proportions to be effective. For example, calcium,
magnesium and phosphorus, in the right proportions, work together to
keep your bones strong.
- If you take too much of one nutrient, it can
deficiencies in other nutrients. For instance, if you take too much
calcium, it can cause your body to absorb less magnesium, phosphorus,
iron and zinc. Too much vitamin C can cause a copper deficiency.
- Taking too much of some nutrients can cause the
symptoms as a deficiency of that same nutrient. This happens with
calcium, zinc and vitamin C.
Your personal needs are also dependent upon your
Is your metabolism fast or slow? Certain nutrients
up your metabolism and others slow it down. If you have a fast
metabolism, you don't want to be taking nutrients that speed it up even
more. If your metabolism is slow, you shouldn't be taking nutrients
that slow it down. You want a nutritional product that will balance
your unique body chemistry.
Choosing the right nutritional supplement sounds
complicated, but it's not. It can really be quite easy.
You see, your hair holds the key. It contains the
blueprint of the mineral balance in the tissues of your body, past and
present. And because minerals interact not only with each other but
also with vitamins, proteins, carbohydrates and fats, the mineral
status also gives you information on your vitamin needs as well.
Your hair gives you a good picture of your body's
nutrient needs. When you have a hair mineral analysis test, there's no
guessing, no trial and error. With proper interpretation of the
results, you know what's in balance in your body, what's out of balance
and what your body needs. And with the proper selection of nutritional
products based upon the results of your hair analysis, you will get the
nutrients your body needs.
© 2006 Christine H. Farlow, D.C. Find out
about how hair analysis can help you improve your health and choose the
right supplements for your unique nutritional needs at