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Do You Know Nutrition: There's simple way to test supplements

Aug. 31, 2010 at 3:31 a.m.

Phylis Canion

By Phylis Canion

Can you please tell me if there is a simple way to test my vitamins to see if they are good ones? If so, have you tested yours?

Vitamins and minerals sometimes fail to dissolve in the body, usually due to a poor quality of ingredients and manufacturing practices that are less than desirable. Here is a simple way to test your supplements

Heat equal parts of vinegar (any type) and water to approximately 100 degrees, and maintain that temperature (using a glass coffee pot works great). Place your supplement in the solution, occasionally stirring, but being careful not to touch the supplement.

If your supplement does not dissolve within 45 minutes, it will more than likely not dissolve in your digestive system. The reason it should take so long is the nutrients need to finish dissolving in the small intestine to be properly absorbed.

The supplements that I take dissolved in approximately 30 minutes. There is no need to try this on chewable vitamins or time released products for obvious reasons.

Is coffeeberry decaffeinated?

Coffeeberry is the bright red fruit on the coffee plant that contains the coffee bean. In previous processing of the coffee bean, the red fruit outer casing was discarded because it molded quickly and produced toxins.

Because of safe, new technology, the red skin of the coffee plant can be produced safely, which is a breakthrough since the red skin contains so many nutrients, including high levels of phenolic acid.

Phenolic acids are essential constituents of polyphenols, which are antioxidants.

Because the caffeine containing bean grows inside the coffeeberry, there is a trace amount of caffeine in the final product.

While the coffeeberry cannot be "claimed" to be 100 percent caffeine free, (neither can decaffeinated coffees - they are only 99.7 percent caffeine free), it is generally referred to as a decaffeinated product because it contains less that two percent of caffeine per serving.

The next nutrition class will be held at the Organic Emporium, 2918 N. Laurent St., Sept. 13, at 7 p.m.. The Body Talk practitioners will be there as well. Call today to sign up at 361-580-1400.

Phylis B. Canion is a doctor of naturopathic medicine and is a certified nutritional consultant, e-mail her at doc.phyl@yahoo.com. This column is for nutritional information only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure.

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