Everything You Need to Know About Supplements

What are supplements and should you be taking them? If so, what supplements you should take and how much of each should you take? Viome Precision Supplements makes it easy!

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What are supplements?

A dietary supplement is a nutritional product that “supplements” your diet with added nutrients to make it more complete and beneficial. Supplements come in pills, capsules, tablets, powder or liquid forms. These nutrients are either synthetically produced or extracted from food sources and come in the form of vitamins, minerals, herbs, food extracts, enzymes, polyphenols, amino acids, antioxidants, and flavonoids.

How do I know what supplements I should take?

Guessing what kinds of vitamins and nutrients you should take isn’t always the best way to get the precise nutrients you need. What if a certain vitamin doesn’t agree with you? What if the off-the-shelf vitamin you think you should take doesn’t come in the exact dosage you need? What if it has additives or other supplements you don’t need?

When you measure your health on a molecular level with Viome, this enables you to decode your body, and take a look at the precise foods, vitamins and food extracts, prebiotics, and probiotics that are the most beneficial for you, with recommendations that include not only your personal Superfoods, but foods to minimize and avoid, and a precise list of Precision Supplements to support your unique biology, based on your current test scores, and move you along your journey to better health.

How do I know how much of each supplement to take?

Every supplement should have recommendations for the amount that is reportedly safe for individuals to take on a regular basis, right on the label. However, these recommendations do not take into account your unique biological needs, and if more or less is needed. This is where Viome offers a solution to recommend all of your nutritional supplements in specific amounts so you get just what you need, nothing that you don’t.

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What is the difference between vitamins and food extracts?

Vitamins are organic compounds that are needed to sustain cellular functions (such as A, C, D, E, K, B-vitamins). Food extracts are foods and herbs that are concentrated forms of all their phytoactive nutrients (such as Green Tea Extract, Artichoke Leaf Extract, Ginger Root Extract).

How do I know if a supplement will be good or bad for me?

Unfortunately, this can be difficult to tell with off-the-shelf supplements, as there is no testing or health measurements when you select these supplements on your own. When you test using Viome Health Intelligence or Gut Intelligence, you’re measuring your own health on a molecular level, which allows us to make recommendations based on your personal results. This gives you the precise amount of all your supplement ingredients to support your health.