- Quality. All products are not created equal, and you cannot always judge quality based on Brand Recognition, Cost, or Design. There are many poor quality supplements on the market, including vitamins, minerals and herbal products. An inferior product can be identified based on issues such as quality and source of its ingredients, composition and make-up, the use of fillers, binders and colors and the likelihood of improper digestion and assimilation of the product.
- It's too generic: This is not a matter of store-brand vs name-brand; it's a matter of what you're taking and why you're taking it. If you're taking a multi-vitamin product for improved health, energy or as a general dietary insurance policy, you may not have given the product you chose much consideration. However, as a result, you may not be seeing the health-supportive results you desire. In addition to being of lower quality, many common multi-type products contain imbalances in nutrients, or inadequate quantities of nutrients. Many common brands cover basic dietary requirements, but hardly deliver a dose that could be considered therapeutic. Further, a broad-spectrum multi may seem like it includes a range of nutrients, but the nutrients provided may not be those in tune with your body's needs. In short, it may be a good product, but it's not the right product for the job. As your nutritional consultant, I can help you to identify nutrient imbalances and address them through dietary changes and proper supplemental support.
- You haven't given it enough time. If you're taking a particular product to help address a particular health concern, it may take time to see results. Sometimes it may take several weeks of supplementation to see and feel results. For particular conditions, advice from a qualified professional is important. Further, main-steam media, including television and magazine ads and articles often exaggerate the immediacy of the results you will see. For example, Vitamin C is shown to be immune-supportive, however, a single-dose will not chase away your cold or flu. The same goes most supplements and the health effects are generally cumulative rather than immediate.
The information presented here is not intended to replace advice form a qualified professional. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease or illness.