I often have patients ask me about supplements. Among the most popular are Glucosamine Chondroitin, a compound thought to improve joint health, and vitamin mixes for bone health. While the research on their usefulness is decidedly undecided, there are a few things that you should keep in mind should you feel the need to experiment.
Not all brands are created equal. As with most things, higher quality usually cost more. Follow these general guidelines and you have a better chance of getting a quality product. First, read the label of your supplement. Look at the section labeled "other ingredients". These are essentially fillers and usually do nothing more than take up space. The higher quality brands usually have very few of other ingredients. Second, when buying a vitamin you should realize that certain combinations of vitamins will improve or diminish absorption. I couldn't possible list all the combinations but realize a vitamin is no good if it cannot be broken down and absorbed. Fairly comprehensive lists can be found through search engines or in most vitamin/supplement stores. Finally, be patient. Depending on the product, it will likely take to up a month before you can expect results.
Always check with your health care provider before use of vitamins or supplements as some can interact with commonly used medications.
Bryan M. Steele, DC
O'Leary Chiropractic, PLLC