Why Supplements Might Not Have Worked For You In the Past.
If you’re semi into the nutritional world you will see some people respond differently to different products. Especially these multi-level companies going around making a fortune off of great marketing and cheap generic products. I’m not going to name companies but log onto Facebook and you will see someone selling some kind of a weightless shake, pill, wrap, green drink, etc. Most of the products are ok and help some people, but they are a one size fits all protocol that doesn’t help everyone. Your genetics are different than everyone else, and that might be playing a role here. (READ MORE GENETICS). Some people metabolize vitamins and minerals differently than others, and to be quite honest some products just are not what they claim to be.
The supplement market is hardly regulated and you never really know what you are buying, that’s why it is so important to know the companies who make the products you put into your body. I only use pharmaceutical grade supplements in my practice, and I highly recommend you only take the equivalent. Need help? Just call my office. We have all seen the studies that show taking a multivitamin did nothing for people’s health and main stream media were the first to bash the supplement market, WRONGFULLY. Also the more recent studies that showed supplements on shelves didn’t have what was advertised in them. ALL of this research is because what is on store shelves is garbage. It can be certified through “x company” as pure. Well, who is “X” company? Some guy sitting on a beach somewhere who knows nothing but how to make money. It’s all about marketing. Get where im going?
Now say you find a good company and you find their products cheaper on amazon. Well… Recently there has been an influx of fake supplements coming from china with fake labels. Since there is no regulation on supplements, you can sell whatever on amazon. So you may think you’re getting something great for cheap, but it’s really a fake bottle with god only knows what’s inside. The links on my page go straight to the company’s website and is shipped straight from the company. Ok, moving on to the good stuff…
Not everyone utilizes vitamins the same and one person might need a different form of a vitamin. Believe it or not there are four main types of Vitamin B12 supplements, Hydroxycobalamin, methylcobalamin, adenosylcobalamin, and cyanocobalamin. And each has its own purpose and effects everyone differently. Which one do you think is in almost EVERY product on the market? The cheapest to produce, cyanocobalamin. Same goes for Folate/folic acid. Folic acid is in EVERYTHING, and if you’ve read through my genetics page you will understand why the synthetic form of folate, folic acid, is as good as dirt. Well now that I think about it, dirt might actually be more beneficial to ingest. You really want to get naturally occurring Folate, folinic acid, or even methylfolate. Some people’s live change when switching to methylfolate, it’s that powerful and I’ve seen it clinicly. Many people have genetic SNPs(What is a SNP) in metabolic pathways that utilize these vitamins and taking something with folic acid might do more harm than good. This is why some people might gain weight on certain products, while it works just fine for others.
I’ve put patients on Metagenic’s Phytomulti and had them coincidentally lose weight and feel a whole lot better just because it has activated vitamins and a few other things. There are many good multivitamins out there, this is just my favorite and I’ve had good luck with it and hate changing something I know works. Recently I got tagged in a post on facebook where someone was selling one of these shake mixs/pill/dermal patch combos and one guy spoke up and said he actually gained weight on the product. This poor guy got bashed by a few people in the thread. People said you must eat terrible and live an inactive lifestyle, etc. Well, this product is one of those semi junk products formulated to be cheap to produce and a one size fits 60% of the population. This guy just happened to be in the 40% who didn’t do well with that product and probably in the 20% who the product actually degraded his health. He didn’t Thrive.
So how do you chose a supplement company or supplement protocol? Well, your best bet is to find a nutritionally trained and licensed practitioner who can help you dive deeper into your symptoms and help make recommendations. Especially if you are one of the people who nothing seems to help, you may need extra help in finding what works. Keep reading and poking around, you’re going in the right direction.