When I was younger I took every advice from the folks at GNC, and bought many things that I did not need or I peed out. As I got older, did my own research, and experimented with being mindful and present about what I put in my body, I learned which supplements actually created changes in me, and I learned where I was wasting my time and money.
Okay, so what suggestions do I have for you? First of all, try to get all your nutritional needs met with whole foods first. Then after a few months, do a complete blood workup with your doctor, examining all the vitamins, minerals, proteins, hormones, etc. Then you are on the way to knowing your strengths and weaknesses.
Second, purchase only pure supplements if needed, from a reputable company. I like PUREFORMULAS.COM for their rigorous research on products they sell from other manufacturers. Accept no binders or fillers. Make sure that you use capsule form, and the capsules are plant based. Less helpful binders are talc, chalk, and ground up bone. Stay away from soy binders or products, as they can make our body have too much estrogen.
Third, know that our body will absorb what it needs and eliminate the rest through our waste system. So, more does not always equal better. It may be a waste of money. Every human has changes in their body systems over time, so what you need now for optimum health may be different than what you need 6 months from now.
Fourth, give your body a rest from time to time. I take 7-10 days off from all supplements from time to time. I feel that my body absorbs the right amount better after the rest, and I feel its effects working more efficiently as well. This also gives you information about what you no longer respond to, especially if you are healed or not in lack of that mechanism.
I want to hear from you! What supplements do you take and for how long?