How to Choose the Right Supplements

By Carole Sullivan, Owner of Wellness Vision – “Empowering Women Through Nutrition”

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It’s early in the New Year and you may be thinking about your New Year’s resolutions.  What health goals do you want to achieve in 2014?  Lose weight, stop smoking, get fit . . . etc . . . etc . . . etc.  And the plan is to start right after the New Year!  So you rush out to buy the first diet plan you get your hands on, or pick up a bottle of multivitamins off the nearest grocery shelf, or you just start taking something without putting too much thought into it.   If this is the case for you, what if I told you that what you pick up might just do more harm than good, or at the very least not do anything at all?  Do you know where the ingredients are coming from and what exactly is in the “vitamin” you just swallowed?  Not all vitamins are beneficial.    Most people are unaware that a good portion of supplements contain synthetic or “natural” ingredients that are harmful.    Natural is a very loose term!   Some leading brand name vitamins are not even absorbed into the body.   Vitamins need to be absorbed to do any good.

Supplements are vitamins and minerals that are taken from a plant, or created in a lab and put into a form that your body can absorb.    There are basically 3 types of supplements – effective, ineffective and hazardous.

Uneducated consumers are at risk from two sides.

  1. Consumer knows they should supplement but does not know how to choose an effective supplement, resulting in poor choices that waste their money, time and health.
  2. Consumers are often given bad advice on needing to supplement, and in return, sacrifice their health.

To help you make a better informed choice in choosing the right vitamin or supplement for you, and to prevent you from wasting money on poor quality products, I have included my criteria in choosing the best. 

4 Questions to Ask:

  1. Does __________ actually manufacture their products?
  2. Are they whole food?
  3. Do they contain any synthetic isolates?
  4. Is there any scientific clinical data to support their claims?

Supplements should include various vitamins and minerals in the right proportions and balance as they all work together.  Having too much of one ingredient can throw off the balance of the rest, resulting in non-absorption or too much of one and body becomes depleted of the rest. 

In a Vitamin

  1. Seal of approval
  2. Made from whole food
  3. List all 8 Vitamin E’s  (Whole food form of E –d-alpha tocopherol)
  4. Have Lipids & Sterols (Tre-en-en)
  5. Minerals need to be chelated

In a Salmon Oil

  1. Cold Pressed
  2. List all 8 known oils from the fish family
  3. Tested and purified for 200 toxins

In an Anti- oxidant

  1.  Made from food rather than pond scum or acetylene gas
  2. Fifteen families of carotenoids   (Beta – carotene is just one  and is an isolate)
  3. Juice extracted, dehydrated, organically grown, non- hybrid, non GMO fruits and vegetables
  4. Boost immune cells

In a Protein

  1. Fermented or Protogard System – plant derived enzymes for easy digestion
  2. Fiber  2g or more
  3. Twenty-two amino acids to assimilate nutrition at cell level  (22 ^ 22)
  4. Non GMO
  5. GR2 (Glycemic Response Squared) and fiber to help control blood sugar and fat in body
  6. PDCAAS score of 1.3 or higher

I have found a company that puts people first and fits the criteria listed above.  You can reach me at  or (321) 236-3517 to get the best your body deserves.  More information HERE.   You can also follow Carole at Wellness Vision on Facebook.

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Disclaimer:   This information has not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. Products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.  As always check with your doctor prior to starting and vitamin or supplement.

Bio: “I have always loved food and nutrition and have spent my life researching, and studying nutrition.  I worked in the foodservice industry for 20 years.   I am a busy mom who wants to make a difference in the world by sharing the truth about processed foods and the importance of eating whole food nutrition.

I am deeply concerned about the state of our wellness- physically, mentally, spiritually, emotionally and financially. We live in a time of extreme wealth and opportunity, yet there are so many people struggling and hurting.   My goal for Wellness Vision is to provide an environment for women to come together and help each one become their best and to succeed no matter what their goal is, be it to improve their health or grow financially.

I have learned that through faith, perseverance and consistency that we are able to achieve our dreams.   And that anything is possible. There will be struggles along the way but it will be worth it in every way imaginable!

My Passion is to help you live well every day!” ~ Carole Sullivan


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