You might think vitamin supplements are a bit off topic what talking about heart health. But really they’re not. Various vitamins have been studied in terms of their importance to heart health. Vitamin B6 has been associated with a reduction of heart attacks in women. Vitamin C has been known to help lower blood pressure. Vitamin D and vitamin E have also been mentioned when discussing heart health Legal Steroids Europe .
How to know which and how much vitamin supplements to take
We have the government’s RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance). And we have other recommendations by various experts. Some of the government’s RDA numbers are considered inaccurate by some experts. Most experts recommend that you should try get as much of your vitamin and mineral nutrients from food. And many recommend adding supplements to fill in the gaps where you may not get enough of these nutrients from food.
I’ve always thought it makes sense to take vitamin supplements in case I don’t get what I need from the food I eat. As I continue to learn more about what our food contains, I’m increasingly convinced that we need supplements. I’m also more concerned, and confused, about the quality of supplements. More on that below.
The USP (United States Pharmacopeia) is a non profit organization that sets standards for medicines, food ingredients, and dietary supplements manufactured, distributed and consumed worldwide. You will see their label (USP) on some bottles of supplements that they have tested. Their stamp means they have tested the product and approved it according to their testing. It means the product has met their standards. However, it does not mean the product is what you need. As an example, I have a bottle of vitamin E pills that contains the USP stamp. But, the vitamin E in the bottle is the synthetic type. This is stated as the main ingredient on the bottle label. The synthetic type (di-alpha tocopheryl acetate) is not recommended by nutrition experts. So I have a bottle of vitamin E with the USP stamp of approval on it. A bottle of vitamin E that I will be throwing in the garbage!
Grades of Supplements
There are 2 categories of supplements often discussed. Food grade, which meets standards set for human consumption. And pharmaceutical grade, which meets pharmaceutical standards. According to Wiktionary, pharmaceutical grade is “A standard of purity suitable for use as a medicine.” Apparently most supplements are not labeled with either of these 2 grades. Some say the pharmaceutical grade claim used by some supplement sellers is simply a marketing ploy. Others say it’s an important consideration.