Alternative and General Health
To Your Health
January, 2007 (Vol. 01, Issue 01)
Both types of organic supplements carry significantly higher prices due to higher costs of production and source ingredients. However, according to Randy Miles, CN, co-owner of three health food stores in Texas, it's worth the cost. "Organically bound supplements with living carbon often cost 50% more, but customers who are knowledgeable about nutrition and health are definitely willing to pay."
You can find the best source of minerals and supplements. Ask your health care professional. Look for organically complexed (carbon bound) supplements derived from whole foods, minimally processed and made from the highest quality ingredients. Avoid preservatives, synthetics and binders, as they are potentially harmful to the body. It's better to take no supplement at all than to take a poor one.
Good health ultimately is worth the price. There is no more important investment you can make.
Questions To Ask Your Supplement Supplier
So, how do you sort through all the noise to select the best products? Here's a simple list of questions you can ask:
- Does the product contain any binders, fillers, coatings, excipients or flow agents? These are synthetic and possibly harmful.
- Does the product contain preservatives? Potassium sorbate and sodium benzoate are potentially harmful/toxic.
- Is this product heat-processed? Heat can kill important enzymes, co-factors and nutrients.
- Are there minerals present? Minerals are required to catalyze the vitamins. You need more than 70 different minerals daily. Stay away from colloidal minerals (inorganic/toxic minerals). Carbon-based organic minerals appear to be the safest and most effective.
- Does the product contain ascorbic acid? This is synthetic vitamin C.
- Does the product contain synthetic vitamin E? This sometimes is called dl-alpha-tocopherol, as opposed to d-alpha-tocopherol, which might be natural.
- Are there any artificial flavors, colors, additives, preservatives, synthetics, etc., in the product? Does it contain any wheat (gluten), corn, yeast, soy, dairy, nuts, animal products, etc.?
- Is the product ultra-hypoallergenic (non-allergenic)?
Richard Drucker, ND, is a licensed naturopath who has been performing concentrated research and work in the natural health and nutraceutical fields for more than 20 years. He is the CEO of Drucker Labs (www.druckerlabs.com).