**Inexpensive forms of certain nutrients, especially minerals, may not be absorbed well enough, meaning you can waste money.
**Tablet forms (vs. capsules, powders, liquids) are often pressed so hard that they can't be dissolved, especially the coated tablets. They can upset the stomach because they sit against the stomach wall like an acidic rock!
**Many combination formulas (multivitamins, for example) list many ingredients on the label but the doses are too small to benefit you. We call these "cosmetic ingredients" because they may appear OK on the label while doing nothing useful in the body.
**For single nutrients like vitamin B6, B12, folic acid, zinc, magnesium and vitamin D, diet analysis and/or blood testing is often needed to fix a specific problem or deficiency. Guessing often fails and thus can be a waste of time and money.
**Probiotics from retail stores are a frequent disappointment for naturopathic doctors because the science of proper dosing has been figured out but hardly anyone knows about it yet.
In summary, one needs a goal, a good reason to take supplements. Don't guess!
Unrecognized nutrient deficiencies can contribute to the development and progression of many chronic diseases, including heart disease, cancer and more.