If you’re one of the majority of U.S. adults who now take at least one vitamin supplement per day, you’ve probably wondered how to tell if they’re working.
After all — from vitamins C and D to echinacea, fish oil, CoQ10 and probiotics — if you’re spending hard-earned money on supplements, you want to know if they’re helping you meet your health goals.
That’s why we’ve put together the answers you’re looking for right here.
We’re going to address:
How to know if your deficient
Signs your supplements are working
What to look for in your supplement choice
So, let’s get started…
Are you nutrient deficient?
Vitamins and other supplements (along with a healthy diet) play an important role in our health.
And, if you’re deficient in any number of nutrients shown to be important to human health, it can lead to consequences ranging from fatigue to serious illness.
For example, being low in vitamins B12, C and folate (three of the more common deficiencies in the U.S.) can lead to vitamin deficiency anemia — and with it comes extreme fatigue, weight loss, confusion, lack of coordination and even personality changes.
Suffering from a biotin deficiency?
Well, then you can end up with muscle cramps, brittle hair and nails, chronic fatigue, and tingling in your hands and feet.
And if you’re not getting enough probiotics in your diet, GI problems can be the result — including bloating, stomach pain, gas and more.
So, if you’re experiencing any odd symptoms, talk to your doctor about tests for deficiencies and try eating a healthier diet while supplementing to help fill in the gaps that are leaving you at risk.
This can include a multivitamin, a specific supplement such as B12 or iron, or a quality probiotic blend, like the one found in Peak Organic Alkalizing Greens™.
Factors that put you at higher risk of nutritional deficiencies and increase your need for supplements include:
- Food allergies, such as lactose-intolerance
- Autoimmune disease
- Poor diet
- Alcohol use
- GI disorders like Irritable Bowel or Celiac
- Prescription medications such as statins, antacids and anti-seizure drugs
Are my supplements working?
But once you start taking a supplement, how do you know if it’s working? It can be tricky…
While some nutritional deficiencies will cause symptoms, it’s not a hard and fast rule. To make matters more confusing, sometimes you only notice those symptoms if your deficiencies were extremely severe. Don’t expect taking one supplement one day to fix everything overnight. It takes a while to develop a deficiency and it will take a while (sometimes weeks or even months) to get nutrient levels back up. So, if you begin supplementing, give it some time to work.
But if you don’t have symptoms to begin with, you might not notice a difference when you start taking a supplement. Basically, the supplement is to keep you from suffering, not stop it in that case, or give you a needed boost. Just because you’re not deficient in something, doesn’t mean you can’t use a little more. Take vitamin D for example. The recommendation for bone health is a measly 400 to 800 IU/daily. But the Endocrine Society recommends 1,500-2,000 IU/day, while the Vitamin D Council suggests as much as 5,000 IU/day.
However, there can be exceptions, such as if you’re living with the GI trouble we talked about and taking a probiotic blend helps to relieve your discomfort. Or if you replace a nutrient lost to medication such as CoQ10, if you’re taking statins.
For certain vitamins and supplements, like vitamin D, B12, zinc, iron and folate, you can also see your doctor to have your levels tested on a regular basis to ensure they’re working as they should.
No matter what, whether you’re taking a supplement to correct a deficiency, to prevent one, or to ease specific symptoms you’re already experiencing, when choosing your supplements, you want to buy from a reputable brand.
That’s why Peak Pure & Natural® sources the best quality and most efficacious natural ingredients.
And since each product is manufactured in a state of the art U.S. cGMP facility in accordance with the guidelines set forth by the strict good manufacturing practices and each manufacturing partner is FDA Registered and Inspected plus NSF® Certified, ensuring our supplements have the quality, strength and purity they claim.
So, remember, pay attention to your body, eat whole foods that are nutrient rich and reach for trusted supplements to round everything out.