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Learn to navigate the supplements aisle with these tips:
Been vitamin shopping lately? If you have, you probably needed to visit the pain-relief aisle afterward for something to deal with the headache all the choices caused. Here’s what clinical nutritionist Shari Lieberman, Ph.D., author of The Real Vitamin and Mineral Book, recommends to make it easier to choose the right ones:
- Choose natural versions, rather than chemically synthesized versions, when buying fat-soluble vitamins like A, D, E, and beta-carotene.
- Avoid additives like coal tars, artificial coloring, preservatives, sugars, starch, and other ingredients that you simply don’t need with your vitamin.
- Don’t worry about chelated minerals. Chelation means the minerals have an added protein to enhance absorption. But they’re often more expensive, and the studies on whether they really are absorbed faster than nonchelated minerals are sparse.
- Don’t worry about time-release formulations. These supplements may actually take longer to be absorbed and provide you with lower blood levels of the vitamin or mineral.