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Tips for Using Vitamin Supplements Correctly

A clinical nutritionist cannot only aid in discovering the correct vitamin or mineral requirement for an individual, but actually tell whether or not expensive supplements are being used by the body. Minerals work with vitamins, which act as a chemical “tugboat” to assist the mineral on its journey through the body’s chemical factories.


Vitamins or minerals taken in too high a dose may interfere with other vitamins or minerals. Laboratory tests done by clinical nutritionists confirm that this is a highly individual matter and proper doses will be different for everyone. By performing some inexpensive urine tests, it can be quickly determined if vitamins and minerals are not being taken in proper doses or in proper proportions to each other.


Low urinary calcium many times indicates phosphorus deficiency, as phosphorus diffuses calcium and therefore acts as a mobilizer of calcium. High urinary calcium many times indicates lack of vitamin D needed to fix calcium to the bone. Other tests may prove a different interpretation. A common test is urinary sediment. The amount of sediment and what that sediment consists of can be used to determine at least eight vitamin/mineral deficiencies, as well as enzyme deficiencies.


More than half of Americans do not eat enough raw foods and are deficient in food enzymes that assist absorption of nutrients. Nutritionists that specialize in enzyme therapies will many times use nutritional supplements which contain food enzymes derived from plants to assist absorption. Which ones and the required dose can be discovered through testing. More extensive tests involving blood, urine and tissue samples like fingernails or hair can determine very accurately if someone is digesting, absorbing, transporting and utilizing nutrients in the way they are meant to be.


A quick test would be checking urinary pH. This can be done using litmus paper available in most drug stores. A urine pH above 6.8 or below 6.4 means that some or many nutrients are not being absorbed because vitamins and minerals are affected by enzymes and digestive juices produced by the body. When the pH deviates too far, certain enzymes are not as active and nutrients cannot be absorbed.


Microorganisms such as yeast, bacteria and parasites can also change the environment of the body to make absorption more difficult. Remember, we are what we eat, but we really are what we digest.



Michael Biamonte, CCN, is a certified clinical nutritionist and the founder of the The Biamonte Center for Clinical Nutrition. He uses BioCybernetics "Blood Detective" software that can determine exactly where the body is imbalanced—vitamins, minerals, hormones or absorption problems—and which systems in the body are a priority to address. For more information, visit or