Have you been taking health supplements? You sure are not alone. About a third of children and two-thirds of adults take at least one vitamin and mineral product every single day. But fact is, not all health supplements are as trustworthy as you’d wish they were. Some contain ingredients in much lower, less significant amounts than what their labels show, while others don’t even contain those ingredients at all. In short, you have to be careful when choosing the supplements you take.
Here are the most important considerations you should make before buying a health supplement product:
Review the label.
Reviewing the label always the first thing to do because it’s your clue to what’s inside. It offers you a picture of the supplement’s quality.
Check for certification.
First, look for the acronoym, USP, which stands for United States Pharmacopeia. Under this, look for “GNP” or Good Manufacturing Practices. If a product is both USP and GNP-certified, it means that it has satisfied FDA regulations and has been tested bottle to bottle for consistency.
Know the price.
In many cases, cost and quality correlate, although the cheapest is not automatically the best. Obviously, certification requires a good amount of money, and not all supplement makers want to make that investment. One of the reasons a higher-quality product is more expensive is that it spends more money on quality control processes. But of course, while the cheapest isn’t always the best you can find, neither is the priciest.
See what other ingredients are in the product.
A high quality supplement product will have a maximum of five items on its ingredient list. If you see more, be wary. In addition, avoid anything that has colors, dyes, artificial flavors and added sugars.
Look out for possible allergens.
Some common types of food that a lot of people are allergic to are seafood, peanuts, wheat and dairy. On the label of a high quality supplement, there will be a list of allergens it is free from.
Choose your source.
Aside from inspecting the product itself, you should also choose a good source when buying it. For instance, before purchasing online, be sure to check on the website’s background before actually paying for anything. Go through customer reviews,but to ensure credibility, don’t veer away from reputable consumer websites. When buying offline, find a store that is likely to sell the freshest authentic stocks. There might be a difference between a product bought from a well-known health shop, and one from a quaint furniture shop that also sells health supplements on the side.
Finally, don’t hesitate to spend time learning about the different products available to you, and the best places where you can get them. It’s always good to compare prices, but don’t choose a product on price alone.