Browsing hundreds of pages of supplement options online can feel like an overwhelming exercise in sensory overload, with bright packaging exclaiming puzzling phrases like “chelated!” or “bioavailable!” And if you’re shopping for immune-support supplements with the aim of staying healthy? Just pile on the confusion.
With that head-scratching feeling in mind, we asked nutritionist Bonnie Taub-Dix, RDN, author of Read It Before You Eat It – Taking You from Label to Table, for some guidance in the supplement shopping department.
“I always believe in food first, but there are times when we may need more of a certain nutrient than we can get from our diets,” Taub-Dix says. “Certain supplements like vitamin C, vitamin D, and zinc can help support a healthy immune system.”
Oh, and re: bioavailability, that’s the rate at which the supplement enters your system, Taub-Dix says. “This is important because some supplements could be digested