Shopping for Natural Supplements: What to Avoid

Nutritional supplements are of great value for us because they improve and support our health. While using them really helps us, we have to be careful which ones we choose because not all supplements on the market are equally good and efficient. That’s why you have to know what to look for in order to find the best natural supplements. To help you out with that, here are several things you should avoid.

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Buying from an Unknown Source

This is one of the first things that determine the quality of a product. Buying from an unknown source or a company you never heard of is very risky. So, pass your friend’s offer to try amazing supplements and never buy through direct sales. It’s because not only you don’t know what you are buying but they also might not know to tell you which supplement is the right for you.

Instead, buy supplements from trusted brands, either online or in a pharmacy. They will ensure you buy a quality product and will offer 100% Money Back Guarantee. And, always consult with your doctor before buying them because they will advise you on which supplements you need and how to take them.

Multiple Ingredient Supplements

You have most probably come across supplements that contain several ingredients. They might seem like a great option because you have several nutrients working to improve your health, but that doesn’t mean a product is more efficient. In fact, buying products with more than one ingredient lowers the concentration of the main ingredient.

For example, when buying calcium supplements, there should be 600 mg of calcium in a pill. However, if there are vitamin D and magnesium, there will be less than 600 gm of calcium. So, stick to single-ingredients supplements for the best effect.

Unverified Products

This is another very important factor that determines the quality and safety of a product. Therefore, every supplement has to carry the name of the herb, all the ingredients, their amount, concentration, the active ingredients, serving size, and information about the manufacturer. Also, they should have a seal from a reliable third-party organization to verify their quality and purity and that the information on the label is correct. Therefore, you should look for products that have a “USP Verified” logo or approval seals from NSF International or ConsumeLab.com.

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Products Without Complete Labels

As mentioned in the previous point, the product’s label has to contain all relevant information in terms of the ingredients and the manufacturer. If there isn’t enough information provided on the label, don’t buy the product. It’s because that suggests that the manufacturer has something to hide from the consumers, meaning there’s something in it that shouldn’t be.

Products That Are Too Good to Be True

Products that are too good to be true usually are like that. Therefore, if you find a product that claims to be cure-it-all, just skip it and continue looking for other products. It’s because sometimes manufacturers want to show that their product is better than all the others on the market, so they exaggerate in their health claims, for marketing purposes. So, instead of looking at the claims, check out the label’s contents. They will give you an idea of what the product is about and how to use it.

Inadequate Supplements

There’s no doubt that natural supplements are efficient when it comes to supporting your health and well-being. However, that is true only when you take the right supplements. This depends on several factors, including:

  • Age – Your body’s needs change as you grow older, so if, for example, you didn’t need vitamin D at a young age, you will certainly need it after your 50s because bones become weaker and lose their density.
  • Health condition – Which supplement you need greatly depends on your health condition. For instance, you can take iron supplements only if you have low iron (hemoglobin) levels in your blood. If your hemoglobin levels are normal and you take those supplements, you will overdose, which can lead to unwanted health problems. Also, some medications you take for a certain health condition can affect which supplements you can and can’t take.
  • Diet – What you eat greatly affects your nutritional needs. If, for example, you don’t like fruits and vegetables that are a great source of a certain vitamin, you may need to take it as a supplement to replenish its deficiency. Also, if you take vitamin D but have a magnesium deficiency, your body won’t absorb the vitamin properly.

Apart from the above-mentioned things, you should also avoid supplements that contain ingredients, such as aconite, comfrey, germander, kava, lobelia, Methylsynephrine, and usnic acid. It’s because they have been found to harm your health and cause unwanted health problems. In order to find more about these ingredients, you can check Consumer Reports.