Sometimes I see my friend's cabinets and they have four, five, ten… fifteen different supplement bottles! And many times they’re proud of it and feel extra healthy.
Unfortunately, most of the time we are just wasting money and clogging our cabinet space. Supplements are complex and the way they interact with each other, break down, and get absorbed by the body is what matters.
At Tennant Products, we always like to ask… why are you taking something in the first place? Whether it’s Vitamin C, D, E, B12, a daily multivitamin, etc., is it just because you just thought you should? Or you read an article? Or someone told you?
Often, since childhood, we “think” we have to take multivitamins. That concept was also pushed heavily by marketing and commercials. Or we take them “just in case” we’re missing out on a vitamin or to “give our body a boost.”
Although vitamins and supplements are important (and that’s what we’re all about), by now we’ve realized the supplement landscape is complex and often not providing the highest quality supplements.
The Importance of CoFactors
A big word we want to talk about here is cofactoring.
With many vitamins, the specific vitamin is actually only able to be absorbed and utilized if their cofactor is present (and that vitamin has to be of high quality and bioavailable).
Many nutrients, even bioavailable forms, need additional nutrients to work well in the body. Synthetics aside, many supplements are simply incomplete and can even be dangerous due to a missing cofactor.
Here are examples of different, necessary “cofactors”:
Vitamin D3 and K2
Vitamin D needs K2 to process appropriately. If you were to increase the level of D3 in a product, you’d have to increase the level of K2 and then balance that out with calcium.
Calcium and D3
Calcium needs D3 to process things appropriately. (According to the Rotterdam Study, it shows a significant decrease in risk of aortic calcification in heart disease with appropriate levels of D3).
Iodine and Cofactors
Iodine is important for the body (and that’s another long and complex topic), but additional cofactors are necessary for iodine to metabolize appropriately. This includes: Zinc, B1, and Vitamin C.
Vitamin C needs Bioflavonoids & Polyphenols
Iron needs vitamins A and C to be absorbed.
Problem with buying supplements individually
If you buy many of these ingredients individually, you won’t get the proper effect and absorption...and sometimes it can be harmful. Instead, by having quality supplements with the correct amount and ratio of cofactors, the nutrients can be absorbed properly and effectively.
On the other hand, this means you could be taking all these different supplements and ending up with really expensive urine!
You could end up wasting all this money for vitamins NOT to be absorbed and utilized…and they all just come out in your pee.
You might as well save that $12 to $15 and go to Starbucks or a nice lunch. You’ll have more fun!
A good exercise is to track how much you currently spend on vitamins and health supplements. Many people are already spending much more than they realize. All of those $12 to $40 bottles add up (with little to no benefit). A $30 multivitamin here, a $20 Vitamin B, a $15 Vitamin C, etc.
Sometimes it can add up to $80, $100, $120 and all with lower quality vitamins and supplements that aren’t methylated, bioavailable, or in the correct ratio.