Considering the many obstacles of the health industry and the never-ending research and findings, it is easy to see why nutraceutical merchants and supplement companies are considered “high-risk”. Many seek alternative services, like vitamin supplement merchant accounts to operate safely and efficiently. Businesses are not the only ones who struggle to navigate the health industry. Consumers are also confused on what vitamins and supplements they should and shouldn’t add into their daily routine.
Eat your vegetables, exercise regularly and take your vitamins. It is the secret to a healthy life, or is it? Many experts are now saying that many vitamins are useless. Recent studies have revealed that there are actually very few vitamins and supplements consumers should consider adding to their daily routine to supplement their diet.
Experts recommend taking the following 4 vitamins, saying they will benefit your health:
Vitamin D – Between 1913 and 1941, vital organic compounds were identified and referred to as the “classic” vitamins; these vitamins were termed vitamin A, B, C, etc. Of these vitamins, researchers say adding vitamin D to your diet is probably the most beneficial to take in supplement form. There is a shortage of vitamin D in many of the foods we consume, and we need this vitamin to efficiently absorb calcium for strong bones.
Zinc – Contrary to popular belief, vitamin C does not help treat or prevent the common cold. If you want to shorten the period you feel under the weather, you should try zinc. According to the National Institutes of Health, zinc can disrupt rhinoviruses ability to replicate and reduce the time you feel unwell.
Folic Acid – Many women will be aware of the benefits of folic acid. Folic acid helps the body to make new cells. For pregnant women, it reduces the likelihood of neural-tube defects in babies. Other uses of folic acid include: anemia, inability to absorb nutrients properly, treating gum infections and liver disease, among many other conditions.
Probiotics – An ever-growing pile of research shows just how important the trillions of bacterial cells that live inside us are in regulating our health. Even more critical, just how detrimental it is to our health when they are suddenly wiped out with an antibiotic. A 2012 meta-analysis of 82 randomized controlled trials found that using probiotics significantly reduces diarrhea following a course of antibiotics.
On the other hand, studies have also revealed a few vitamins you can leave on the store shelf and save your money on.
Multivitamins – Contrary to what was previously believed, daily multivitamins do not necessarily boost the average American’s health. A 2011 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that senior women (tracked over a 25-year period of taking multivitamins) had a higher overall risk of death than women who did not take multivitamins.
Antioxidants – Having a healthy, balanced diet that includes berries and vegetables will ensure you have necessary antioxidants like A, C, and E; thus, it is unnecessary to add an antioxidant supplement to your diet.
Vitamin B3 – A recent study was focused on showing how B3 could minimize the risk of heart attacks, strokes or death among patients with heart disease and raise people’s “good” cholesterol levels. However, the study had the very opposite result. In the process, it was discovered that B3 supplements were linked to infections, liver problems, and internal bleeding.
Author Bio: Electronic payments expert, Blair Thomas, co-founded eMerchantBroker in 2010. His passions include writing/producing music, and travel. eMerchantBroker is America’s No. 1 vitamin supplement merchant account company, serving both traditional and high-risk merchants.