Bottled vitamins may seem like a convenient way to get all your important nutrients, but the best method is still to eat real, wholesome foods, says HealthDay News.
“We have a lot of studies showing that when we look at foods as a bioavailable source of certain vitamin and mineral nutrients, they tend to be one of the best options,” said Kristin Kirkpatrick, a registered dietitian at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.
For example, you can take a fish oil capsule, but eating wild fatty fish makes it easier to control what you’re consuming.
The supplement industry is not regulated in the same way as the food industry.
Kirkpatrick suggested that the best way to get a combination of vitamins and minerals is to eat more colorful foods. Try to fit six different colorful foods into your daily diet.
A cup of oatmeal can help get a flush. Adding blueberries is second. Coffee matters too. The drink is rich in antioxidants.
Check with your doctor if you may be deficient in certain vitamins, Kirkpatrick advised.
Vitamin D, in particular, is what you may need to supplement with to get enough.
“Vitamin D is normally poorly absorbed through food,” Kirkpatrick explained in a clinic news release.
“A D3 supplement most closely mimics the sun’s UV rays, so that’s where we get the best vitamin D from.”