There are hundreds of different companies marketing vitamin and nutritional supplements. As a consumer you should conduct extensive research to find out which supplments work for you. There are several things that you can look for to determine if a supplement is beneficial
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Look for filler. Fillers used in supplements to make production easier and faster. Unfortunately these fillers compromise the efficiency of nutrients as well. Fillers are often called flowering agents” on the label. Some common filler is stearic acid magnesium stearate and gelatin.
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Read a warning. Some supplements are not safe for certain medical conditions. For example some read Do not use if pregnant.”
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Look for recommendations for use. A good product will state when and how to take the product. It may also include different doses for different ages and men and women.
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Look for “USP” label. This will ensure that vitamin meets all requirements of the US Pharmacopea (USP). The USP test for proper strength purity resolution and resolution characteristics.
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Choose standardized herbal supplements when looking for an herbal supplement. Standardizations guarantees consistency in the product. You may also want to look for herbs that are bio-available so they are able to work past the digestive system.
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Always check the expiration date. Health supplements as medicines could lose their potency over time.
Tips and Warnings
Dietary supplements should not be used to replace a health diet. Natural whole foods are the best sources of nutrition.
A supplement that is labeled “mega dose” does not mean it’s any better. The body can only absorb so much of a nutrient and the rest is eliminated from your body as a waste product. Therefore a supplement that provides 100 percent of the daily value sufficient.
You should always consult your doctor before taking any supplement.”