Would you say that McDonalds and Fleming's Steakhouse give the same quality meat…Probably not!
The same exists for supplements….
When I started my health journey, I used to find articles online about supplements and then quickly run to the health food store or order them on Amazon Prime…
I had no idea that name brand supplements could contain harmful ingredients, artificial dyes, metals and pesticides that could be harming my health.
I quickly learned not all supplements are created equally.
Tip #2 - Not all supplements are created equally
We often read the labels of food packaging to make sure it's free of gluten, dairy, soy, sugar, and artificial ingredients…
But we will blindly buy supplements from Amazon, the health food store, Costco or the grocery store without taking the same precautions we would with our food.
There are supplement companies that use low quality ingredients, filler, dyes, metals or are not digestible by the body.
When looking at supplements, you want to use the same standard that you would when choosing food.
Does it have ingredients/ filler that you cannot pronounce?
Are they using organic ingredients?
What is potency? (Many store bought vitamins have little amounts of the desired vitamin)
Some of the harmful ingredients to look out for are…
Titanium Dioxide - Used as a white filler, this chemical has been linked to allergies, cancer, and autoimmune disorders
Magnesium Silicate - Also used as an additive, it has been linked to lung problems and stomach diseases
Hydrogenated Oil - Used as a filler, these trans fats usually come from genetically modified soybean oil and are linked to cardiovascular disease, obesity, and weakened immune system
Artificial Dyes Red 40, Blue 2, Yellow 5 - used to make supplements more attractive, especially children's supplements. They have been linked to allergies and DNA damage.
Artificial/ Natural Flavors - Used to make vitamins taste better, these artificial/ natural flavors terms are used as an umbrella for dangerous chemicals used to sweeten and flavor ingredients. They have been linked to diabetes and weight gain
A Few Name Brands with Toxic Ingredients…
One A Day Women's Multivitamin has over 20 additional ingredients that include multiple artificial dyes, artificial flavors, magnesium silicate and titanium dioxide
Nature Made D3 Gummies have artificial dyes, artificial flavors, glucose syrup and Palm oil (hydrogenated oil) as additional ingredients….
Centrum Men's Multivitamin has over 40 additional ingredients/ fillers including Talc, dyes, BHT (immune disrupting chemical), magnesium silicate and many ingredients that can't even be pronounced…
Emergen-C Vitamin C Fizzy Drink has fructose, natural flavors, artificial dyes, silicon dioxide, titanium dioxide and corn syrup as just a few in a long list of ingredients
This is why I recommend using medical grade supplements and only purchasing from verified supplement retailers.
You can purchase directly through Meraki Wellness where we've done our research to provide you top quality supplements.
Unfortunately Amazon and many local stores that offer supplements, are not great locations to buy. That is because many of the supplements on Amazon have been found to be counterfeit supplements with scary ingredients.
Supplements are such an important and integral part of health and optimization, I want you to have access to quality supplements that are HELPING your health!