I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again. To this day I’m still skeptical of taking supplements. Many people do not realize that the FDA does not regulate supplements or personal care products. The T.V show 60 minutes had an entire episode about how basically anyone can create a supplement out of acid, label, and sell it however they want. Sounds unbelievable, but it’s not. It’s solely up the company to give us high quality ingredients and to pay out of pocket for additional certification’s, such as NON-GMO, USDA Organic, Kosher, Certified Vegan, and Certified Gluten Free.
So what do you do?
- Research- read the ingredients. Look for plant based products rather than synthetic. If you’re unsure of what some of the ingredients are, do a quick Google search. The easiest way to look at your supplement quality is by going to labdoor.com.
- Read the reviews- there are many people who know their chemicals and post their thoughts and research in the reviews. See what they’re saying & do your own research.
- Listen to your gut- seriously, listen to it! When you ingest something, your body is giving you signals in return. Do you feel good or do you feel bad? Some symptoms like nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, twitching, or headaches are easier to listen to because you can’t ignore them. Other symptoms like dry skin, acne, or a small rash might be more subtle, but pay attention. What is your body telling you?
- Look for Certifications such as NON-GMO, USDA Organic, Certified Vegan, and Certified Gluten Free.
My story with Vitamin C:
A couple weeks ago I was coming down with a cold, and was looking for any way to ward it off. I usually resort to juicing & saying The Hail Mary, but this time I decided to finally try a high dose Vitamin C supplement, by Garden of Life, and I’m so glad I did. Not only did I kick my cold in 3 days, but I also had way more energy.
- Prevention and treatment of Scurvy
- Boots your immune system- aka cold prevention
- Helps you absorb iron
- Decreases risk for Urinary Tract Infections
- Builds collagen – yes please!
- Heals wounds and burns.
- Check out Mayo clinic’s website for more information.
Why try Garden of Life Vitamin C?
They are NON-GMO Project Verified, Certified Vegan, Certified Gluten Free, and Kosher. The Vitamin Code Raw Vitamin C, produced by Garden of Life is a high quality vitamin. It’s not made with high heat, synthetic binders or fillers, artificial flavors, sweeteners, colors or additives. And it’s made with Probiotics and digestive enzymes (good for gastrointestinal health). For more on Probiotics, check out my blog “Probiotics”. Also, Garden of Life Vitamin Code Raw Vitamin C is rated a 94.4/100 (the higher the number the better) on labdoor.com.
How to take it:
Directions say to take two capsules daily. For me, I will take one capsule twice daily if I feel a cold coming on. Other than that I only take one pill a few times a week, but many other people I know take it every day.
Listen to your body. You should notice an increase in your energy and a boost in your immune system. If you notice any adverse reactions, stop taking it. All supplements and medications pose the risk for side effects. So listen to your body.
Where to find it:
Whole foods, Amazon, Vitacost.com, or Garden of Life website. Personally, I always do a quick Google search to see who has the lowest price.
Vitamin C used in the treatment for sepsis:
I came across this study by Dr. Paul Marik, on how Vitamin C can be used in the treatment of sepsis patients. Basically the study concluded that the use vitamin C, together with steroids, and thiamine’s can prevent organ dysfunction and mortality. Check the study out by clicking here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27940189