A Dietary Supplement is a preparation that, along with the foods we eat, is intended to provide nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, fatty acids or amino acids.
- Vitamins — Nutrients needed by your body in small quantities in order to grow and develop normally, but which cannot be produced by your body.
- Minerals — Elements that are available in very small amounts that aid in metabolism, nerve conduction and muscle contraction, and are components of cells and tissues.
- Essential Fatty Acids — Fatty acids required for biological processes, that must be acquired from your diet.
- Essential Amino Acids — Amino acids that must be acquired from your diet, and are essential for the formation of proteins and other biological compounds.
Dietary Supplements have a positive impact on your nutritional foundation, stress and anxiety, cognitive function, depression, gastrointestinal function, bones, heart and skin.
For overall nutritional health, Precision Compounding Pharmacy recommends the following:
Your multivitamin should contain all the 13 essential vitamins your body needs. It is also important to make sure your multivitamin is phaceutical-grade quality tested.
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin K
- Pantothenic Acid
- Vitamin B-6
- Vitamin B-12
- Folic Acid
Your multivitamin should also contain the minerals that may be lacking in your diet.
*Some women may require extra amounts of Iron outside of their diets. Women who may need extra Iron include pregnant women, teenage girls and women of childbearing age with heavy menstrual cycles.
Vitamin DLess than 10% of people over age 50 meet their daily vitamin D requirement. Vitamin D aids in the absorption of calcium and phosphorous from the G.I. tract, plays a role in metabolism, is essential for healthy bones, improves mood and wards off depression, aids in weight loss, and reduces the risk of some types of cancer. Dietary sources of vitamin D include fatty fish (salmon and herring), fortified milks, cereals and orange juices. It can also be produced in the skin in the presence of sunlight.
Omega-3 Fatty AcidsOmega-3 fatty acids play a role in brain and nerve function, blood sugar balance, immune system function, hormone production, and proper thyroid and adrenal function. They are also anti-inflammatory, decrease blood pressure, decrease triglycerides, reduce the risk of heart attacks, and prevent cardiovascular disease. We recommend EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). The main dietary sources for both include fish, flax seeds, dark green vegetables and soy.
Choosing the Right ProductWhy is choosing the right supplement important? Dietary supplements are not regulated by the FDA, so it is up to the manufacturer to be completely truthful with the consumer. A Consumer Reports article states that 1 dollar out of every 3 spent on store-brand vitamins is wasted due to the poor quality of the product. Some brands may boost their profits by using low quality ingredients and low quality manufacturing processes, and the amount of actual nutrients in the supplement may differ greatly from what the label says.
To choose a quality product, do some research. Quality manufacturers will have the following qualities:
- GMP-certified (either by the NNFA, NSF, USP, or TGA)
- Comprehensive scientific evaluation of their ingredients
- Comprehensive safety reviews
- Human clinical evaluations
This information should be easily found on their website. If they operate in this fashion they will be proud of their product and display it in an easily viewable way. If you are still unsure of which supplement to pick, just ask one of our pharmacists. All of the nutritional and dietary supplements we carry meet or exceed the standards noted above.