Taking supplements in the wrong combinations could be a total waste of time, effort and money. It could even be dangerous.
When you’ve diligently spent hours researching the best supplements to support your health it makes sense to take them correctly and safely.
Iron, Green Tea and Turmeric
It’s not a good idea to take your iron supplement at the same time as your green tea or turmeric supplements. If you can space them out with two hours in between then they can each get on and do their job without conflict.
Curcumin (the main active ingredient in turmeric) and teas like matcha or green tea can stop the body from absorbing the iron. There is no evidence to suggest that it’s dangerous to take these together, it’s more that it’s a waste. It could also be confusing if tests show that you’re still anaemic despite taking iron tablets, simply because they weren’t being effectively absorbed.
Calcium, Magnesium and other Minerals.
It is best to take carotenoid supplements such as lycopene and beta-carotene at a different time of day to a supplement containing a large amount of a mineral like calcium, magnesium or zinc. High doses of a mineral could affect the absorption of the carotenoids.
COQ10 – Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar
COQ10 helps to generate energy and is found in all the cells in the body. It contributes to a healthy heart, normal blood pressure, increased energy levels and brain function. Research suggests that it might be worth taking advice before taking COQ10 if you are prone to low blood sugar or low blood pressure. It may not be a problem for you but it’s worth checking it out.
The Best Advice
- Do your research
- Seek professional advice if you’re not sure
- Always read the label
Do Your Research
It’s likely that if you’re considering taking supplements then you have identified a health need, or maybe you just want to keep yourself healthy. We advise you to do your own research as you know what results you want to achieve, what you’re sensitive or allergic to, and what medication you may be on.
Seek Professional Advice
If you’re not sure then ask your GP or health practioner for advice as some vitamins and minerals can affect the absorption and effectiveness of prescribed medications.
Always Read the Label
Always be sure to read the information on the label of your supplements tub.
The label should contain information on directions, product information, ingredients, allergy advice, cautions and manufacturing details. When you receive the supplements you will also see a best before date stamped on the bottom, as well as a batch number. The batch bumber allows us to trace the ingredients, which is good practise.
The label will tell you:
- How to take them
- What ingredients they contain
- Allergy advice
- Which supplements vegetarians and vegans should take.
- If it’s safe to take them if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- If they’re safe for children.
- When supplements should be taken, and if you need to take them with food.
- Where they’re manufactured
Here is an example of a label from our range Healer’s Gold supplements. Our vegetarian and vegan information is on the front of our labels.
Adults, take 1 capsule daily with food. Do not exceed recommended daily dose.
1 capsule typically provides
Coenzyme Q10 300mg
Thiamine (Vitamin B1) 0.17mg *15% NRV
*NRV = Nutrient Reference Value
Coenzyme Q10, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Capsule Shell (Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Colour: Red Iron Oxide, Titanium Dioxide), Thiamine Hydrochloride.
Although rigorous precautions are taken to prevent any cross-contamination, this product is manufactured in a facility that also handles allergy-based materials such as nuts, seeds, milk, egg, cereals, soya, mustard, celery, fish, crustaceans and sulphites.
Always consult your health practitioner before taking nutritional supplements, especially if you are taking medication or are under medical supervision. Not recommended for use by pregnant or breastfeeding women. You should not take supplements as a substitute for a varied balanced diet or healthy lifestyle. Store in a cool dry place, out of reach of children.
Manufactured in the UK to the GMP code of practice.
These procedures ensure that the basic manufacturing practices and prerequisites necessary for product quality and safety are being followed so that we can guarantee you receive consistently high quality products.
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