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How to decode your vitamins

With hundreds of bottles lining the shelves of your local health food store, the choice can seem overwhelming. Here are some tips and tricks to help you unravel the mystery of natural health products. How to read vitamin bottle labels Natural product number (NPN)  In Canada all supplements must have either an eight digit Natural Product Number (NPN) or a Homeopathic Medicine Number (DIN-HM) on the label. These indicate the product meets Health Canada’s minimum standards for active ingredients, quality control, and are safe and effective when used according to the instructions on the label. Format and bioavailability There can always be a debate about how absorbable (bioavailable) a product is, depending on the type of product and how it is produced, for example. Some guidelines: Fermentation:This enhances the active ingredient and makes it easier for your body to process. Food:If your body recognizes a product as food, it naturally

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