At PEERtrainer we are big fans of the book, "8 Weeks To Optimum Health" written by Dr. Andrew Weil. He is a graduate of Harvard Medical School, but he also very open to exploring natural healing methods with the objective of helping you develop a great preventative health foundation. We highly recommend that you have a copy of this book in your house. It does take a little work to digest this information.
Throughout the "8 Weeks" Dr. Weil goes into some depth about vitamins and supplements. He starts with a very basic introduction to the value of Vitamin C. From there he progresses and discusses the benefits of a variety of vitamins, minerals and supplements. Many of which people have been using for thousands of years.
Recently, Dr Weil has developed an online tool and service that helps to guide you through some of these supplements. Over the course of 5 minutes you are asked a series of questions about your health, your habits and some basic background. Once you enter in this information you are presented with some interesting recommendations, a free vitamin and supplement recommendation, with the option to purchase.
PEERtrainer finds this valuable because while the objective here is to help his company sell vitamin products, the advice and guidance is very high quality. What sets Dr. Weil apart in the industry is that he really embraces both modern and traditional medicine. The result is advice that represents deep knowledge, but also a fundamentally open mind.
Even if you never buy a supplement from him, you'll most likely learn something. Few consumer items are as mind-boggling as nutritional supplements. Store shelves featuring endless bottles of vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids can leave the potential buyer thoroughly confused. In addition, many people don't know where they can find these fundamental nutrients in everyday foods.
Dr Weil's "Vitamin Advisor" may also help you comparison shop and help you become a better educated consumer:
"Vitamins are much like anything else - you generally get what you pay for," says Dr. Weil. "But even very expensive vitamins sometimes miss the mark."
I hope this book recommendation and website recommendation helps you. I have personally owned "8 Weeks To Optimum Health" for over 10 years, and Habib and I have two copies of this book in our house right now. The book is a great resource and I never tire of strongly recommending it.
If you have questions about vitamins, minerals and supplements, I also recommend going to http://www.drweilvitaminadvisor.com and taking their short survey. You may learn something that can help you!
Additionally Dr. Weil donates all of his after-tax profits from royalties from the sale of Vitamin Advisor products to the Weil Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting integrative medicine through training, education and research.