18th February 2021

Quality Choice Vitamins vs Low-Quality Vitamins? What You Should Know!

Dr. Devan Patel, PharmD
Quality Choice Vitamins vs Low-Quality Vitamins? What You Should Know!

Have you ever stopped to think about whether your supplements have quality choice vitamins or low-quality ones? Although we may believe that vitamins are good for us, many of them have hidden hazards that are toxic to our bodies.  Unfortunately, there is an increased production of synthetic vitamins sold by food marketers worldwide.

Vitamins and minerals are essential micronutrients the body needs to function correctly. Since our bodies do not produce micronutrients, we must obtain them from the food we consume. A well-balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, protein, and healthy fats provides most of the essential nutrients needed for optimal health. The health of your bones, muscles, vision, brain function and immune system depends on receiving these micronutrients.

Unfortunately, not many people manage to eat a well-balanced diet, which makes consuming the recommended daily nutrition challenging. Luckily, multivitamins can play an important role when nutritional requirements are not being met. 

What are Vitamins?

Vitamins are organic substances that are classified as either fat-soluble or water-soluble. 

Vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E, and vitamin K are considered fat-soluble vitamins that dissolve in fat and accumulate in the body. 

Vitamin C and the B-complex vitamins, such as vitamin B6, vitamin B12, and folate, are all water-soluble vitamins that dissolve in water before being absorbed by the body, and therefore cannot be stored. When the body does not use water-soluble vitamins, they are then excreted through our urine.

What is considered a Low-Quality Vitamin?

Low-quality vitamins tend to be cost-efficient because they contain low-quality ingredients such as inactive or poorly bioavailable nutrients that are inexpensive to produce. These vitamins tend not to deliver as many nutrients as they pass through the body since they do not break down easily.  

Although these vitamins could eventually break down, they contain low-quality ingredients that the body might not absorb easily.

You may come across a sweet deal of a 2-pack bottle of collagen at your local pharmacy but think twice before purchasing them. Ensure they are formulated in a certified FDA facility using correct manufacturing practices and contain non-medicinal ingredients that can be dangerous to your health. The last thing you need while recovering from surgery is consuming a low-quality supplement that provides little to no benefits.

What are High-Quality Choice Vitamins?

High-quality choice vitamins should always be GMO-free or Organic, tested for contaminants, toxins, and proper dosage, and have Good Manufacturing Processes certifications. These vitamins tend to be more expensive due to the scientific research and high-quality ingredients used to manufacture them.  

High-quality vitamins contain ingredients that are correctly absorbed and that deliver the most nutrients to the body. Professional quality supplements usually contain powder or vegetable capsules that are better absorbed by the body.

Understanding the ingredients you need versus the elements you should avoid will allow you to determine which vitamins you should start incorporating into your daily regimen. For example, natural folate is not used in many dietary supplements because folic acid is used instead, a synthetic form of vitamin B9.  

Cyanocobalamin is a cheap, artificial, and poorly-absorbed form of vitamin B12 that is used more than Methylcobalamin, which is the active form of vitamin B12 that our body can easily use. Minerals like calcium, magnesium, and zinc are poorly-absorbed in the body; however, if these minerals were bound to an amino acid, their absorption rate would increase.  

The best form of these minerals is known as glycinate. However, magnesium is recommended to be taken alone. Finally, vitamin K2 contains properties that protect the heart more efficiently than vitamin K1.

High-quality vitamins vs low-quality vitamins: Takeaway message

In conclusion, when taking any supplement, make sure to do your research, read labels carefully, and purchase quality choice vitamins or supplements.  Always invest in your health by eating whole foods and taking the correct vitamins and supplements that your body needs.*

We highly recommend WoundVite, which is a comprehensive supplement that contains a blend of 18 pharmaceutical-grade vitamins, minerals, herbs, and supplements.*



*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.