Vitamin supplements – for the last decade it has been common knowledge that vitamin supplementation can play a roll in maintaining and improving overall health and well-being. Today’s vitamin market is saturated with powders, tablets, capsules and liquids – all geared toward one goal: lightening your wallet and emptying your bank account.
How much do you know about vitamins? Can you tell fake from fantastic, extortion from expertise? It is a safe assumption that a majority of consumers are aware of the common vitamins and minerals packed into vitamin products; names such as: Vitamin A, Zinc, Magnesium and so forth. Is such knowledge a warrant for making educated and informed decisions affecting your health either positively or negatively for the rest of your lives? The answer is a resounding no.
Bioavailabity is a term you will see used frequently on smartnootropics; it means essentially at what rate, or % is a given chemical absorbed by a living organism, in our case the human body. Did you know that oxide compounds are inorganic and lack significant bioavailability? Reach for your multi-vitamin now and check if they contain the following: Zinc oxide, magnesium oxide, choline bitartrate, potassium chloride – all examples of cheap mass-produced ingredients which sit at the bottom of the bioavailable pile; superior examples of these compounds would be the organic Zinc citrate molecule, or the bioavailable choline citrate compound.
Are the long and short-term health implications of consuming large quantities of inorganic vitamin compounds fully understood? Simply put: no. Did you know that consuming too much magnesium may damage your kidneys? and that high doses of vitamin A commonly found in vitamin tablets may be carcinogenic? Or that large daily doses of Vitamin E may decrease rather than increase average life-span and increase the risk of developing certain types of cancer?
I implore everyone reading this article, thoroughly research any product you purchase before you do so. Just because it’s sold, doesn’t mean it’s safe.