NOOTROPICS 101 – Supplements, You Get What You Pay For

One of the things I’m very aware of, as someone who believes in – and takes a lot of – supplements, is this: you get what you pay for.

There are so many vitamins, minerals, and protein powders on the market that can help us feel our best and experience peak health. And the competition between brands is stiff. While many of us are looking for top quality product to feed our one and only precious body, many of us are also hard wired to find a bargain. But in the case of supplements, not only is buying a bargain a bad idea, it can be detrimental to your health.

Cheap Supplements Are No Bargain

Often, popular brands of vitamins are full of preservatives. To keep up with demand for the product, millions of tablets are being manufactured at once. To ensure profits are made, the product cannot spoil and that means preservatives must be part of the recipe. There are natural preservatives, such as ascorbic acid and certain B vitamins, in some forumlations. But if a manufacturer is looking for an extra long shelf-life, they will use fillers and cheaper preservatives.

Know Your Ingredients

Always read your ingredient label. Do whatever you can to avoid Magnesium Stearate, Titanium Dioxide, any Hydrogenated Oil, and all artificial colors. If you do a Google search on any of these toxic preservatives, you’ll be able to read all sorts of articles about their danger to your health.

What if I told you that your supplements may have gone moldy? You’d be grossed out and never touch them again. Would you want to eat moldy food? Obviously, the answer is no. But we WANT mold to eventually grow on food because it is a sign of it being natural and not over processed. If your food never grows mold, you can be sure it has been genetically modified.

Now, GMO (which stands for genetically modified organism) foods do have their place. They can be used to feed people in countries where natural disasters, existing climates inhospitable to growing, or war has resulted in lack of food and mass starvation. For example, Golden Rice was developed to ensure those in developing countries were taking in enough Vitamin A. A lack of Vitamin A can result in blindness and susceptibility to other diseases, especially in children.

Avoid GMO Products

But GMOs are also used to grow fruits and vegetables with increased shelf life so that crops can travel great distances to stores. And this is where it gets a little murky. Generally, the longer food lasts, the farther it is from it’s natural state. When it comes to your supplements, you do NOT want GMO sources.

If you see an expiration date of two years away on a supplement, do not take it! Most likely what you’re getting is a heavily processed, low quality product that is full of fillers AND is probably made from GMO ingredients. If it is expensive, that is because it is a popular name brand or a product from a multi-level marketing (MLM) company. Products from MLM’s are not necessarily expensive because they are high quality. Those prices are often higher than necessary because the company has to pay out to those in the chain AND make a profit for themselves.

There's Nothing Convenient About Auto-Ship

And – speaking of MLM’s – never, EVER sign up for auto-shipped nutritionals of any kind. Those products live in a warehouse for MONTHS before they are shipped to you and are most likely full of preservatives. I can think of one very popular MLM company that has not changed their formulations in decades. In spite of all sorts of developments having been made in the science of nutritionals they are still using GMOs and ingredients, such as GMO soy, that now have much healthier alternatives.

I know that hearing ‘you get what you pay for’ isn’t exactly like getting good news. But there is absolutely no point in taking cheap vitamins with low quality ingredients when your goal is to improve your health. Buy as much of the highest quality supplements as you can afford. Limitless Life’s products are all GMO, gluten, lactose, wheat, nut and sugar free, and contain no artificial flavors or colors. In this case, less is definitely more – and you can be confident that anything you’re taking – even if it is just one formulation, like is doing everything it promises.


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  1. […] KATY and AVA both contain Vitamin E in the form of alpha tocopherol. Alpha tocopherol is the most biologically active form of Vitamin E, meaning that it is most readily absorbed by the body. Although synthetic versions of Vitamin E are available – and cost less – they don’t have the same potency or effect. Although it may seem like a good idea to spend less to buy more of the synthetic version, we believe you get what you pay for. (See our recent post on buying quality supplements.) […]

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