Choosing Quality Supplements

If you’re considering using a supplement in combination with your diet, whether they be vitamins, minerals, or other products, you probably have some questions about the supplements that you’re choosing. The decision to use dietary supplements can be a good one as they can possibly provide many positive health benefits, but sometimes these products can be unnecessary as they provide little to no positive health benefits or they create some unexpected risks.

Types of Supplements

It’s important to know that not all dietary supplements or vitamins are created equally. And you should be aware that there are no standards that require the ingredients listed on label match the ingredients actually inside the tablets or capsules inside of the supplement bottle. This means that the claims made on the positive effects of dietary supplements are not approved by the FDA, and while this doesn’t mean they’re worthless, it means that a lot of marketing is involved and you should educate yourself about what will help your health and what won’t.

Before you decide what supplements to take, you should know if you can take supplements or not. There are some people that shouldn’t take supplements, and these people include those that have a chronic medical condition, are pregnant, or are nursing. If you are not sure whether or not you should take supplements, consult a nutrition specialist or doctor. They will consider factors like your diet, medical history, and current medications to determine your eligibility.

Once you know you can take extra vitamin supplements, you should start with a simple vitamin supplement program. This can consist of something like the following:

  • Multi-vitamin supplements
  • Calcium
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Obviously, this is a generic program. Once you consult with someone who is familiar with your specific body and its condition, you will be able to have a program designed specifically for you.

Choosing the right brand

As we said before, not all vitamins are made equal. For example, there are many different manufacturers that produce multi-vitamin supplements. You will probably have several to choose from when you begin to shop around.

When choosing vitamins, consider the following:

  • Check the web for reviews. Try to find out as much third-party (from someone other than the manufacturer) information about the supplement as possible.
  • Read labels found on the back of every bottle. When possible, select the supplements that have the most organic sources.
  • If you have sensitive allergies, check for hypoallergenic products. You will want to avoid wheat, yeast, and corn.
  • Just like milk, dietary supplements have expiration dates. If you don’t see an expiration date, it’s probably a good idea to pickup something else.

If you have any questions about a particular brand and supplement, you shouldn’t hesitate to contact the company directly. If they are a reputable company and offer a quality supplement, you will be able to call them and ask about scientific research, proven benefits, etc.

Alternatively, if they simply want to sell you the product and not give any research or scientific studies to back up their claim – meaning it sounds too good to be true – it probably is.

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