Here, you will find my top trusted suppliers, a reminder of how to see if a supplement is a goodie or a waste of money, plus a free summary of nutrient cautions and contra-indications.
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These are all suppliers we rate as clinicians. Here, you won't get your run-of-the-mill High Street brands you don't absorb; this is where you get clinical-level supplements designed to work effectively and quickly.
We've offered several choices so you get maximum flexibility and we can also then point you to specific things without being tied to one or two suppliers.
I hope they help with what you need.
Dispensary - Please give the practitioner name as Micki Rose when registering the first
Amrita Nutrition - (Formerly FNS). Please register giving practitioner name as Micki Rose.
Nutri-linkltd.co.uk - You will need to register by phone and give them Micki Rose name (after that ordering can be done by phone or online)
Nutrivital - Please give code 10616 when you register
YourHealthBasket - Please enter mickirose (all lower case - no space) in the COUPON CODE box EVERY time you order.
Spectrum Supplements - Please bookmark this link and enter via that link each time you visit the site
Metabolics - Please just give the name Micki Rose when you register (NOT each time you visit)
Nutri Gold - Please use this link initially for the first visit (These have excellent supplements but are mainly for people who are not totally grain and dairy free unless we actually specify them as such)
DSS You will need to register the first time you visit via this link using code MR425. After that, just go to www.dssorders.com/Purehealth. You can call their toll free number: (877) 846 7122. Non-US residents can purchase and pay for international shipping if needed.
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This is one of my favourite brands. They are naturopathically-biased, ethical, know what they are doing and are good value for money. You can get 5% off by ordering online - click the link above - and they do regular special offers that can save you a lot.
The companies I think offer some of the best choices include:
Biocare, Nutrigold, Thorne Research, Jarrow Formulas, Allergy Research (and Nutricology, same company), Archturus, Natural Health Practice, Nutri, AOR, Nutri-West (for glandulars) and Higher Nature.
You can get all of those from Natural Dispensary above and I will link to specific products in the A-Z for you too.
On the High Street, best choices include Biocare, Quest, Viridian and Solgar.
Many people take supplements such as multivitamins and minerals, garlic capsules, glucosamine etc every day. But how do you know you’re buying stuff that will work? The simple answer to this is to buy from a reputable supplier like Natural Dispensary (which is why I've included a link to them above!)
Unfortunately many companies have jumped on the supplement manufacture bandwagon, and really don’t produce the best they could. This is usually down to money - we ask for cheap supplements, we get given them.
Are Yours Any Good?
Look at yours. Does it contain mineral forms such as zinc or magnesium oxide, iron sulphate or calcium carbonate? These are inorganic salt forms of minerals and are not very absorbable. If it contains these, it is very likely not a very helpful product and won’t do what you want.
Worse, does it not say what the mineral forms are - ie. it just says 2.5mg Zinc? Avoid it. A lot of people are fooled into a false sense of security thinking that by taking supplements like these they are looking after their nutrient needs. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Can't We Get It All From Diet?
I wish. Obviously, the first step should be to look after your diet. Supplements are there to, well, supplement your diet, not as an alternative.
That said, most people could benefit as so many of us aren’t digesting well, aren’t eating great and have busy stressful lives. I used to think years ago that we could all get away with just having a good diet and I wish I could still say the same today.
The simple and sad fact is that the mineral levels in our fruit and veg bear no resemblance to what they were even fifty years ago according to recent data. Not good. I therefore now take the view that it is better to ensure optimal nutrition rather than rely on luck, especially since I am seeing so many ill health problems related solely to lack of certain nutrients and absorption difficulties.
What's a 'Good' Supplement then?
So, what else should you look for in a supplement? Is it hypoallergenic or does it contain wheat, lactose etc? Does it contain enough of the nutrients to do any good? This is a minefield, but basically most cheaper multis are way too low dose to pack any real power. If it's a one a day job, usually it won't contain anywhere near enough to help you - the pill would have to be enormous.
Read the very informative downloads below from Nutrigold about this subject - fascinating. (And, yes, I know they are a supplement supplier, but they are extremely knowledgeable, ethical and well-researched - and I trust them to tell us the truth!)
Remember, there is no substitute for a healthy diet. And it is always best to talk to a nutritionist or your GP before taking anything, especially if you are on other meds, pregnant or trying to get pregnant.
You'd have to really go some to do yourself any harm with supplements but don't underestimate them; they are powerful and can be life-changing.
Download the free factsheet below for a summary of nutrient advisory statements and possible interactions with foods and other meds. There is also a useful summary of nutrient-drug depletions here.
If you need more help, please talk to your health professional for advice.
Important! Information given is the result of an overview of the current research and recommendations. It is not prescriptive and in no way replaces the advice given to you by your GP or other healthcare practitioner. It should serve as a starting point for you to find out more and find your own particular pathway to relief.
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