on vitamins, minerals and trace elements are essential for the proper functioning of the body. But sometimes we may be deficient in one or the other of its substances.
So how do you stay healthy and make the right choices when it comes to vitamin supplements sold in pharmacies?
Identify vitamins and deficiencies
In general, a healthy and balanced diet provides all the vitamins as well as all the minerals and trace elements we need. But depending on our age and condition, our needs may be different. To find out about yours and how to compensate for your shortcomings, you can visit the Health Canada website.
But it still happens that vitamin deficiency develops in some cases. For example, pregnant women will have greater needs to ensure proper development of the fetus, while those with severe periods will be at greater risk of iron deficiency.
Also, people who are on a diet or have digestive problems generally do not absorb enough of these vitamins needed for our well-being. Smokers, on the other hand, probably do not have Vitamin C, the absorption of which by the body decreases under the influence of cigarettes.
Before we rush to the drugstore shelves, we need to examine our real shortcomings and our need for vitamins. There is no point in taking vitamins unnecessarily as some of them can be toxic. The role of these natural health products is to complement, not replace, our daily needs.
Do not hesitate to consult a healthcare professional such as a naturopath who will help you, among other things, identify the source of the problem or a doctor.
Find your vitamins at the pharmacy
After looking for vitamins at the pharmacy, you now need to expand the pharmaceutical jargon and find yourself among the dozens of vials with attractive labels. Not to mention the prices that can easily go from simple to double …
Well, you already know that the price of vitamins should in no way affect your choice, as it is far from a guarantee of quality. Also, many health professionals automatically recommend multivitamin supplements, since they contain only the minimum amounts of the substances you need.
Once these two parameters are off, you still have two variables to look at.
Vitamins in liquid or concentrated form?
The first is to determine the form (liquid, capsule or tablet) in which you should take these vitamin supplements. Obviously, it is best to turn to what will make your life easier. If you are put off by the idea of swallowing a pill, you can, for example, choose capsules that you then open to restore the contents and integrate it into yogurt.
In addition, the vitamins presented in this form are a healthier choice, mainly with regard to the substances used in the manufacture of the product.
In fact, vitamin supplements may contain non-drug components that are often used to allow a solid product to form. Liquid additives, on the other hand, contain many additives such as preservatives or even sugar.
Your Vitamin Needs
The second variable is then to check whether the vitamin supplements meet your needs and whether taking them will make up for your shortcomings. Keep in mind that from one manufacturer and one type of supplement to another, the advertised doses of vitamins and actual doses may vary. Health Canada therefore introduced regulations to promote compliance with production standards.
Every vitamin supplement, whether natural or homeopathic, must be approved in order to be safe, effective and of high quality before it can be marketed in Canada. An identification number (NPN) or (DIN-HM) will then be assigned and then affixed to the cans and bottles to ensure its legitimacy. Unfortunately, some of them sometimes escape the vigilance of government and end up on the shelves of our pharmacists.
Finally, if you have any doubts, do not hesitate to ask your pharmacist for advice.
Philippines de Tingu, editor of Canal Vie, in collaboration with Roseline Gagnon, Master of Nutrition, certified naturopath at Clinique La Maison Verte and president of the Quebec Certified Naturopathic Association.