Healthy Living: Vitamins & Minerals

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Is your Vitamins and Minerals Worth the Money?

Vitamins and minerals are a multiple billion-dollar business. But how do you know the vitamins and minerals are providing the benefit the marketing says they are?

Dr. Bill Hemmer, of the Tuscola Pain & Wellness Center is here to give you the 3 important things to look for:

1. Are the vitamins or minerals coming from a whole food-based source?

· If the label looks like a science experiment and there is nothing that tells you that the vitamin or mineral came from a plant, fruit, or animal source, then it was probably manufactured in a laboratory somewhere and your body has no idea what to do with it.

2. How many pills do you have to take to get a beneficial effect?

· Often you must take 4, 6 or even 8 pills a day to get to a beneficial dose. Many times, even at higher doses, because the vitamins are not combined with phytonutrients and co-factors, they don’t have the desired benefit.

3. Is there a “proprietary blend” on the label and how well is it labeled?

· A proprietary blend means the maker has a made a special blend of ingredients that only they know about. The largest ingredient is listed first and then the second most and so on. The problem is, you usually don’t know how much of each ingredient is present.

Think about these 3 things the next time you buy a vitamin or mineral or buy your supplements from a healthcare professional who has studied these things.

Go to to find out more about Dr. Hemmer.

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