The phrase vitamin supplement is almost synonymous with dietary supplement. The category of vitamin supplements encompasses all supplements whether it is a weight loss, protein, herbal, mineral, or vitamin.

A subset of protein supplements, bodybuilding supplements are believed to aid in the growth of lean muscle tissue. These include individual amino acids, like glutamine, branch chain amino acids (BCAA), and complex protein compounds. While some evidence exists that confirm these substances do increase lean muscle tissue, many people debate whether the effectiveness is worth the price.

As with any nutritional supplement, “you don’t get what you don’t pay for.” Meaning, quality products yield more results and are more expensive. But don’t be penny-wise and pound-foolish, cheap or discounted bodybuilding supplements are almost always a waste of time and money.

The weight loss industry in the United States is a multi-billion (if not trillion) dollar industry. Whether the supplement is designed to speed up your metabolism or magically melt off the pounds while you sleep, major money is spent on substances marketed as help to shed those unwanted pounds. Many of the most popular weight-loss products come from herbal and other plant extracts. Standardized herbal extracts can make the task of product formulation much more effective. Choose a product using these extracts and not plant material. This ensures you will receive an efficacious amount of the active ingredient.

If you are one of the many who cannot swallow pills, for whatever reason, then a liquid version of a vitamin and mineral supplement is perfect for you. Look for a quality supplement, as mentioned above, and use it. Do not let your inability to swallow pills keep you from taking in the necessary nutrients. Most liquid supplements are readily absorbed as well, so even the hardiest of “pill-poppers” can benefit from liquid vitamins.

Many times choosing a multi-vitamin and mineral is often the most convenient way to get your necessary amount of nutrients. One dose is much easier to remember to take than many pills throughout the day.

Because you are reading this you probably believe in having a healthy balanced diet. Meal planning is crucial to know how much to consume, whether it is organic produce, or vitamins and nutritional supplements. There are many excellent meal planning tools available, some online. Look for one that uses scientifically researched and accurate food nutrient information, like the USDA Food Nutrient Database.