Health conscious women have become savvy and knowledgeable about health issues and are using supplements as one part of a strategy to take greater control of their own health.
Since you've come to this page I think it's safe to say that at some stage you've thought about the issues of your regular nutritional intake, degenerative disease and supplements. If you already use supplements or are considering using or upgrading, then you'll be wanting to know exactly which are the best vitamins and health supplement ingredients for women and exactly what key ingredients should be there in the most effective women's vitamin / health supplement formulas.
I was an executive for a premium nutritional supplement manufacturer. I understand the science underlying supplements and can teach you how to recognize a highly effective supplement from the weaker inefficient impostors posing as the best - which is the case with MANY major popular brands!
You need to be careful with terms like 'vitamins for women' because they've become widely used as an all encompassing 'shortcut' terminology used to refer to ALL the different micro-nutrient forms out there:
The consequence of modern 'civilized' living is that our health now needs greater amounts of ALL these micro nutrients on a virtual daily basis, (in quantities significantly larger than what our 21st century diets commonly supply).
As you read down this page and come to recognize what the anatomy of a HIGHLY EFFECTIVE (nutritional-science based) supplement must look like, you'll also understand the nutritional need for FAR MORE than primarily just vitamins and minerals in a 'Female version' vitamin/health supplement formula!
Anyway, to save typing out a long list of micro nutrient categories each time, I'll too resort to using the catch-cry 'vitamins for women' as an all encompassing shortcut if I believe the meaning at that point is perfectly clear.
'Vitamins / Minerals'
FACT NO. 1
Vitamins and Minerals Are
The Cheapest Ingredients!
When it comes to the vitamins and minerals category, the MOST IMPORTANT thing to understand is.............
You don't need a supplement with HIGH DOSES of vitamins and minerals (that for most people are SIMPLY NOT NECESSARY)!
There are of course some exceptions - for example sickness, pregnancy and junk food 'addicts' who eat virtually no fruit and veggies and live on fibreless, nutritionally poor junk and processed food.)
Many (so-called) 'Market Leading' vitamins for women / health supplement products are merely
70 - 80% vitamins and minerals!!!
Vitamins and minerals are the cheapest ingredients for supplement manufacturers to include - very CHEAP! Good old vitamin C (ascorbic acid) costs about $15 for an ENTIRE KILO, while other key ingredients cost hundreds of dollars and in some cases over one thousand dollars a kilo!
This is nothing more than a RIP-OFF!
You'll find around 40% or more of some leading supplements are JUST VITAMIN C
Americans have been bombarded for years with the marketing of this supplement untruth: "More is Better". Statistical graphs are presented showing deficiencies in certain vitamins for large percentages of the population. The supplement companies have to go to great lengths to try and justify the large amounts of (cheap) vitamins/minerals they use (under the 'optimal/necessary amount' ruse!)
What they are doing is simply filling up a significant portion of the tablet with cheaper ingredients so as to increase their profits. Three of the cheapest ingredients commonly used to 'fill up' supplement tablets are:
Health conscious women, who include supplements as part of their health-care regime are NOT part of the population demographics shown in those graphs.
Vitamins and minerals must of course be there but in low doses, to act PRIMARILY AS COFACTORS, and to top up any borderline deficiencies you may have. (Use this link if you'd be interested to read my vitamins and the immune system page.
"What about calcium and osteoporosis"? I get asked this a lot. Calcium is another example of a cheap cheap cheap ingredient! Osteoporosis is, as you know, a serious condition for many women.
Sure, you need more calcium! But as I said above, supplement consumers are health conscious people who have a reasonable foundation to their diets to begin with.
A majority of them easily have adequate intake of calcium via their diet.
With respect to calcium the problem is often not so much not getting enough - but rather poor nutritional choices which cause a leaching of calcium from the bones due to negative calcium balance.
If you do take too much calcium it will pass straight through you. But, there is also the potential of upsetting the balance of this mineral in your body and creating complications.
For example, it is possible to get hypercalcemia if you ingest too much calcium. This has been found to be a problem with people who use liquid ionized calcium supplements. (4)
Calcium is so cheap that if you feel you need additional, or have been diagnosed with low levels, then you are best to purchase it separately - or better still drastically increase the daily amount, and variety, of fresh fruits and (preferably raw) vegetables in your diet along with increased amounts of dairy foods (low fat varieties!)
While most vitamins are cheap ingredients, the price manufacturers pay depends on the potency used. Ingredient potencies need to be examined and compared when choosing a vitamins for women type supplement.
No detail should be left unchecked. That's what supplement companies hope you won't do!
Here's the bottom line:
I'm talking about high potency phytonutrients. The toxins, food additives and environmental stressors you face daily are creating havoc in your body by significantly increasing the production of free radicals.
"Free radical damage to organs, cells and DNA is at the heart of why we age and get disease."
ANTIOXIDANTS SCAVENGE FREE RADICALS, to reduce and repair their damage. So antioxidants protect and extend the lifespan of your cellular DNA. They manage the free radical process and keep it UNDER CONTROL!
So you need lots of potent antioxidants and that's where a premium grade health vitamin can make a HUGE difference to your health!
Most phytonutrients are POWERFUL antioxidants!
Here's a list of phytonutrients which have the MOST POWERFUL antioxidant capacities:
The best vitamins for women formulas contain virtually ALL of these!
And here's some more well established, leading antioxidants. The most efficious health supplement formulas will once again contain most of these:
Of these key ingredients, the extremely expensive ones for supplement manufacturers to use are:
When purchasing expensive, premium grade supplements containing L-Glutathione, it's essential to understand that L-Glutathione Is DESTROYED BY STOMACH ACID!
Any supplement containing L-Gluthathione (and other key ingredients also susceptible to stomach acid such as Alpha Lipoic Acid, DMAE, L-Carnosine, N-Acetyl L-Cysteine, Resveratrol, Enzymes and so on) MUST BE ENTERIC COATED. Enteric coating is an expensive pharmaceutical grade delivery system which protects ingredients through the stomach until they reach the upper intestine. The coating then harmlessly dissolves and the ingredients are absorbed into the bloodstream.
On your vitamins for women formula list please highlight the words 'low molecular weight ONLY' next to L-Gluthathione.
******Don't waste your money on supplements containing the regular form of L-Gluthathione! You won't benefit from this essential ingredient because it won't make it into your bloodstream.
Menstruation and menopause are two factors which influence the composition of vitamins for women formulas.
Hormonal balance is integral for well-being in women. If hormones are working incorrectly, or are depleted, PMS, menstrual disorders and menopause will bring on their problems, from general symptoms like hot flushes and night sweats, to monthly menstrual discomfort (at any age.)
When it comes to vitamins for women type supplements the safest way to re-balance a women's body is to provide it with specialized nutrients in the form of HORMONAL PRECURSORS.
The 5 key hormonal precursors which should be in your supplement are:
Supplement companies slip some non-standardized extracts their formulas to save costs! (they are far cheaper than standardized extracts!)
Be sure to check your supplement label to learn whether ALL herbal extracts are standardized. These are critical ingredients for treating (and guarding against) the ROOT cause(s) of disease!
A (WIDE) range of amino acids must also be there in a cutting edge vitamins for women formula.
Amino Acids are the principal building blocks of protein and enzymes. They are an IMPORTANT CLASS OF NUTRIENTS. They play important roles in many metabolic processes involving energy, immune system, nervous system, musculoskeletal system, hormone balancing, balancing blood sugar and brain health.
Unfortunately with today's 'weight loss' mind-set, especially among women, and also the grossly insufficient amount of vegetables consumed in our general diets - MANY people do not consume the necessary amounts of protein foods to obtain the amino acids they need on a daily basis.
Yes - vegetables contain protein! Peas, broccoli and spinach, just to name three, have a lot!!
Most people are totally unaware that broccoli for instance has about TWICE AS MUCH PROTEIN AS STEAK!
Key amino acids and derivatives for health/vitamin supplement formulas:
Time for another essential entry into your vitamins for women formula list - ENZYMES!
Without the action of enzymes, digestion would not be possible. As you age your bodies slow down the manufacture of enzymes. Without an adequate supply of essential enzymes the benefits of taking any of the other nutrients mentioned above would be largely negated.
So you need 3 classes of digestive enzymes in your supplement:
FINALLY - THAT CRUCIAL CATEGORY:
This is not a 'nutrient' category in itself but in relation to the way we live nowadays, anti aging ingredients are an absolutely essential part of your vitamins for women supplement formula.
It's these ingredients in particular which separate the market's best formulas from (major brand) pretenders whose formulas cannot address the anti aging equation properly!
Nutrients with anti aging capabilities are critical in countering 21st century living. It's a complex topic but to summarize as briefly as possible, it goes like this:
Modern, western 'civilized' living puts us in the most 'easy' and convenient period humans have every lived in BUT the consequences of this are generating devastating effects on the general health of an overwhelming portion of the population. We suffer a continuous daily bombardment of varying degrees from environmental and dietary toxins and stressors - a 'modern day' situation which is impossible to avoid (unless you pack up and go live with the hunza tribes in the Himalayas!)
The net result of this has been a significant increase in the rate at which many people are aging. The single greatest devastating health problem that an overwhelming portion of the population now face is PREMATURE AGING! The undeniable result is that each and every year an increasing percentage of the population is contracting major degenerative disease(s) at earlier and earlier ages!
The ever increasing incidence of MAJOR degenerative disease (EG. heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis and so on) is the undeniable proof of the life-shortening consequences of PREMATURE AGING.
So, what you are looking for in a supplement formula aimed at women is a comprehensive range of ingredients which can COMPREHENSIVELY AND TANGIBLY ADDRESS:
The best nutritional vitamins for women supplements do exactly that! Unfortunately there are very few in the market that fall into this elite category of the best vitamin supplements (although all the sophisticated marketing presentations would have you believe otherwise!) I've reviewed numerous multi nutrient nutritional vitamin/health supplements so I know just how small this elite group currently is!
99% of supplements (including ALMOST ALL of the really well known, so-called 'premium' brands, DO NOT contain the specialized ingredients to tackle all five primary causes of aging.
If you expect a health supplement to create significant and tangible anti aging results, which will become increasingly apparent as you age, your supplement formula MUST contain the 'SPECIALIZED INGREDIENTS' which can address all 5 of the fundamental causes of aging:
Why can't 99% (my estimate) of health/vitamin supplements address all causes of aging? It is simply because they are MADE TO A SET PRICE!
The supplement companies are under constant shareholder pressure for INCREASED PROFITS (aka. GREED) and with large, ineffective organizational structures and expense heavy marketing and distribution systems, they simply cannot afford to include the specialized ingredients (some of which are very costly) necessary to address these four CRITICAL 'aging components'!
Their scientists are restricted in what they can include in a supplement formula. This prevents them from formulating to the very best of their abilities (and in accordance with the very best of the nutritional sciences).
So what exactly do they do when it comes to anti aging results?
They unsuccessfully approach the task by targeting ONLY ONE OF THE 5 CAUSES OF AGING - that is the reduction of free radicals by including antioxidants!
To effectively and successfully slow down and normalize your rate of aging your health supplement MUST include special ingredients which can achieve the following:
The Names of Those Key Anti Aging Ingredients:
To learn the names of the specialized anti aging ingredients, (a number of which are rarely used in the supplement industry due to their cost and need for protection from stomach acid with an enteric coating), please use this link to visit my super supplements hubpage. Then scroll down to the 'Free Radicals' sub-heading and read on from there. (I've done this to keep the length of this page manageable).
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Total Balance is FAR from being just a multi vitamin/mineral supplement! It's a sophisticated Multi Nutrient HEALTH SYSTEM which is worlds apart!
Comparing Total Balance to a multi vitamin/mineral supplement is like comparing the Titanic with a row boat!
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It costs the same, or less, as the other (so-called) industry leading health/vitamin supplements which don't come close to matching Total Balance's efficacy or value for money!
The Total Balance formula contains ALL of these categories of ingredients:
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You can see how Total Balance shapes up against its competitors by visiting my supplement comparisons page.
Read my lengthy, review of Total Balance by clicking this link.
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