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Does your body
get all dietary supplements
from those pills?

Do you buy dietary supplements?

Well, at least statistically, there is a good chance that you do.

More than half the adults in the United States take some kind of supplements, according to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey of 1999-2000.

Not living in the U.S.?
I believe the odds are still good.

I look around, and see no surprise here.

I swallow vitamins, my wife takes calcium, my co-worker buys antioxidants, and my best friend
buys beer...

Did I say beer?... Oh, no, sorry, I meant - he buys vitamin B complex.

(and beer...)

The more important question is:

How do you buy your dietary supplements?

By "how" I mean what criteria do you use to help you decide which purchases to make.

There are four ways to decide that:

  1. Find the most colorful bottle on the shelf in a supermarket
    (that's what I did at first)

  2. Ask a friend and buy the same kind
    (been there, done this, too)

  3. Ask a doctor what to choose.
    Mine said: "Just get the cheapest brand."
    He's a good doctor, but I never again asked him about dietary supplements.

  4. Do your own research and find out what makes the most sense.
    (Huh?.. No normal person would do this.
    Dietary supplements? Boring!)
The most important thing about dietary supplements is:
Affordable price
Not sure

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Don't look at me.

I am definitely not a "normal" person.

With a 9-5 job and a 24/7 family, I spend my nights searching for answers to many "boring" questions about vitamins, supplements, nutrition, etc.

Sometimes my findings are amazing... and totally useless.

Do you know that the liver of a polar bear is poisonous because of a very high concentration of vitamin A?
This is, no doubt, a great tip for those of us planning a survival adventure in northern Alaska.

Here is another one.

Unless a tablet is dissolved in your stomach, the vitamins will not work.

Ha ha, very funny.

Why a tablet would not dissolve in my stomach? My stomach can dissolve a pound of meat, and ask for more. Don't tell me that my vitamin pills don't work!..

By the way, who is saying all this?

My research has led me to learn about US Pharmacopeia - an independent research organization that sets quality standards for drugs and dietary supplements in the U.S.

They also test health products, and provide quality certifications.
"USP Verified" means that the product has passed all USP quality tests.

As for that tablet in your stomach, I mean in my stomach, it is no so obvious that it indeed does work.


Watch the video below, and you'll see for yourself.

So, what can you do to resolve the problem?

  • Use pills of high quality
    As you saw in the video, all pills and tablets are not created equal. High quality pills are made with better ingredients, meaning better vitamin dissolution and absorption. See more details on solid supplements page.

  • Consider other forms of supplements
    Dietary supplements can be produced not only in pill form! Supplements in solid form (tablets, pills, caplets, capsules) are the most common - but there are other choices available today.
    Liquid vitamins and minerals, spray vitamins, sublingual vitamins,
    gel supplements - just find what suits you and tastes best!

What is my website about?

My website offers an overview of information regarding dietary supplements of different delivery forms – solid, liquid, gel, spray, and others, and discusses the pros and cons of each form.

There are also pages dedicated to health and nutrition topics, for example joint pain, or water diet.

I am regularly adding more pages. So if you like what you see (and I hope you do), you can subscribe to the newsletter with the updates using the form below,
or just scroll up and use an RSS button on the left to get all updates delivered to you instantly.

I've been trying to write about each topic in simple language -
but sometimes I need to resort to terms in biology and chemistry. Sorry, no choice.

I encourage you to do your own homework if something is not clear - or you can ask me any questions, and I'll do my best to find the answer.

Wishing you health and happiness,

Meir Fradkin

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