Q: Every time I walk into my local health food store, the supplements section overwhelms me! It’s not just the sheer number, but also the different types of the same vitamin or supplement. How do I know which to buy? Are all forms of a vitamin created equal?

A: I feel your pain. Even with my Ph.D. in nutrition, shopping for supplements can still overwhelm me. Generally speaking most supplements are created equal (vitamin C is vitamin C), but there are several important exceptions to note. Here, five supplements that can be especially confusing and how to pick the best bottle for you.

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