Wondering what vitamins and supplements to buy? Regulations on vitamins and supplements aren't as strict as they are for medications, so shopping for products you can trust can be pretty confusing. That's why I'm here to help!
I recently interviewed top registered dietitians and doctors from all over North America to find out about the supplements they trust the most. I published 14 of those picks in an article on ReadersDigest.com. You'll find a few more suggestions below, too.
In my article, I go over the importance of choosing supplements certified or reviewed by third parties so you know that they're safe and effective. Wondering if you should take vitamins every day?
Here are the additional picks from my registered dietitian colleagues!
Multivitamin: Pure Encapsulations PureGenomics Multivitamin
“I love Pure Encapsulations supplements because they are independently tested for purity and potency and are free from wheat, gluten, egg, peanuts, artificial colors and flavors, and sweeteners,” says Lauren Harris-Pincus, MS, RDN, a dietitian in Green Brook, NJ and author of The Protein-Packed Breakfast Club. “My favorite is the Puregenomics multivitamin, which has no extra fillers or binders and contains some activated B vitamins, particularly methylfolate, for better absorption.”
Omega-3 Supplement: Ovega-3 Vegetarian
This is the supplement I take on a daily basis because it supplies beneficial EPA and DHA omega-3s via algae, which is vegan. Want to know more about vegan and vegetarian omega-3 supplements?
Try it: Ovega-3 Vegetarian
Digestive Health: Bio-K+
“This is a probiotic supplement I know I can trust,” says Angelica Agami, MS, RD, a dietitian at Hoag Hospital in Newport, CA. “We use it at the hospital I work for when a patient is on antibiotics to help decrease his or her risk of diarrhea and C. difficile infection. The company has conducted a lot peer-reviewed clinical trials to confirm the product’s safety and benefits. The capsule it comes in is also made to ensure the bacteria can survive passing through the stomach.”
Try it: Bio-K+
Postnatal Health: Rainbow Light Postnatal Multivitamin
“I'm a huge fan of Rainbow Light,” says Whitney English, MS, RDN, CPT, a dietitian in Los Angeles. “The brand's supplements are made at certified organic facilities and tested for purity by third-party labs. And they contribute $4 million of prenatal vitamins annually to women in need worldwide. I really like their new line of vitamins, For the First Thousand Days, for moms and moms to be. I'm currently taking their postnatal vitamin, which is awesome because it includes an herbal blend to support lactation for nursing mommies.”
What are your thoughts on this topic? What supplements do you take on a daily basis?
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