Time to clean out your medicine cabinet and that random shelf in the kitchen where you keep the vitamins, because the men’s supplements and vitamins you’re taking might be doing jack s***.
We slipped on the lab coat and sat down with Jules Miller, founder of the luxury supplement brand The Nue Co., for answers to our biggest questions.
Vitamins are something of a family business for Miller, as her grandfather was part of the research team that discovered Vitamin B12 at Cambridge University. Now, with The Nue Co., Miller is elevating health supplements to the status of biological art using bio-available, highly absorbable organic foods to elevate long-term health. Her belief that we are not designed to eat chemicals.
“The supplement market is a confusing place that is increasingly hard to navigate, so our products are functional, simple, and easy to understand,” Miller tells The Manual.
So let’s simplify …
What is the biggest misconception men have about supplements?
That they need to take a medicine cabinet-full! You don’t.
Should every man be taking supplements?
If you’re eating well and don’t have any major health concerns, then I’d argue you probably don’t need to be taking a ton of supplements. I constantly meet people who are taking six to eight different supplements a day, which is totally counterproductive as they can begin to cancel each other out.
What is the single most important supplement you suggest someone take?
A probiotic or prebiotic blend. (The Nue Co.’s Prebiotic + Probiotic capsules, $85, just launched this month!) Our gut is as unique as a fingerprint, and an imbalance of good vs. bad bacteria can have a huge impact on overall health. Put it like this: Around 85 percent of the body’s serotonin is created in the gut. If something is imbalanced there, you will feel it throughout the body.
Is there such a thing as bad supplement?
As a general rule, your off-the-shelf supplement will be about 50-percent active ingredients, and 50 percent percent will be synthetic fillers, bulking agents, and processed ingredients. Basically, nothing your body needs. Before taking any supplement or vitamin, look at each ingredient and ask yourself, “Would I eat this?” If the answer is no, don’t take it.
How about a better or best supplement?
The best way to give your body what it needs is through food. Synthetic and isolated vitamins go through vigorous processes, leaving us with an ingredient our body struggles to recognize, let alone draw benefit from. That’s why we make our blends totally food-based. We take tried and tested vitamin formulations, but remove all unnecessary preservatives, bulking agents, fillers, and replace the synthetic actives with powerful organic foods. The result is a supplement that your body recognizes and is easily digested and absorbed.
Let’s talk dosage: How do you find the right amount?
There isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution, so you should be taking supplements in accordance with the way you live your life — taking into account diet, overall well-being, and activity level. For example, if you’re working out daily and looking to build muscle, you should be upping your protein intake. Listen to your body and work out what you really need.
What if I skip or forget to take a supplement a few days a week. Does it still work?
Like with anything, you need consistency to see results. This is particularly key when it comes to prebiotics and probiotics, as they have a cumulative effect.
It sounds like traditional supplements are highly processed and could be downright bad for us. Is that true?
Like most people, I adopted and dropped a whole range of supplements very quickly. When I developed [irritable bowl syndrome] in my mid-twenties, I tried to be careful with what I ate and started taking off-the-shelf supplements to treat my symptoms. Quite quickly, I was taking five to eight different things a day and feeling awful off it. It was my grandfather who pointed out that whilst I avoided processed foods and sugar in my diet, I was still consuming all of them in my cocktail of supplements.
The Nue Co. is the antithesis of the traditional supplement. It is highly absorbable, nutrient-dense, natural and most importantly, simple. We do not look or behave like a supplement brand, which is something that people really connect with. We are out to prove that natural can be effective, sustainable can be luxurious, and that supplements can be aspirational.