How to pick the right vitamins for you

 

 

From a young age, we were taught that our bodies need certain amounts of vitamins and minerals to stay healthy. 

We were always taught to eat a balanced diet that had the balanced mix of carbohydrates, proteins and fats to ensure sufficient quantities of these vitamins in our diet. And for some of us, we’ve even had to take vitamin supplemental drops, syrups, tablets or capsules to ensure that our nutritional needs are fully covered.

With the wide range of vitamin supplements in the market, choosing the best one for your needs can seem daunting. After all, while the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for these are fairly consistent, our vitamin needs can vary greatly depending on factors such as age, lifestyle and pre-existing health conditions. 

That being said, we’re here to help you find the vitamin supplements that suit your needs best.

  • It’s always best to consult a doctor before taking any vitamin supplements
  • They have the training and information needed to help you make an informed decision about the nutrients you need most at your stage in life, such as if you’re pregnant. Also, some supplements can interfere with or have dangerous effects with other medications that you might be taking.

  • Stay within the RDAs
  • Decades of ongoing research mean that scientists and medical professionals are continually refining how much on any particular vitamin is needed for a healthy functioning body. So while it’s tempting to go ga-ga over your Vitamin C intake when you have a cold, vitamin overdoses are a fact and you can become really sick if you don’t know your limits.

  • Don’t forget to check for seals of approval
  • Independent organizations  and third party laboratories do tests to see if the ingredients on the label are in the container and the product is up to their standards. This ensures that you’re not getting any unwanted surprises with potentially harmful trace ingredients, making sure you get what you pay for.

  • Always check how it fits into your diet
  • Some vitamin supplements are best taken on an empty stomach as the presence of food or elevated acid levels can prevent nutrients from being absorbed properly. For instance, taking an iron supplement with milk can prevent you from getting enough iron as the calcium in milk competes for absorption in the body. Supplements with calcium and iron combined won’t work out.

  • Combine it with a balanced diet.
  • The truth is that no vitamin supplement can completely replace a rounded and well balanced diet. The right balance of food with your daily intake can help you get the nutrients you need or at the very least, help improve the absorption of vitamins and minerals from your supplements. 

    Looking for vitamins that will help you achieve your health goals?

    Take time to know what you’re planning to put into your body. Any decision you make today can echo for a lifetime. Check out Orka Nutrition vitamins and supplements to help you get all the nutrients you are not getting from your diet. All our products are backed by nature and science, so you can be confident that you are giving your body nothing but the good stuff.