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Important Considerations for Buying Health Supplements

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 don’t contain the ingredients listed on their labels, while other do contain the ingredients but in lower, less significant amounts. In other words, it’s crucial to be careful when selecting supplements to take.

Here are the most important considerations you should make before buying a health supplement product:

Scan the label.

Reviewing the label always the first thing to do because it’s your clue to what’s inside. It gives you a picture of what the quality of the supplement is like.

Look for certification

First, look for the acronoym, USP, which stands for United States Pharmacopeia. Now under this, you should find “GNP” or Good Manufacturing Practices. A product certified by both USP and GNP is one that has met all FDA regulations, and has been approved for consistency bottle to bottle.

Look at the price.

In many cases, cost and quality correlate, although the cheapest is not automatically the best. Certification obviously costs companies money, and there are supplement manufacturers that would not want to make such an investment. One reason a higher-quality product is more expensive is that the manufacturer spent more money on quality control processes and equipment. But again, while the cheapest isn’t necessarily the best, neither is the highest-priced.

See what other ingredients are included.

Good quality health supplements don’ have more than five items on their ingredient list. If you see more, be wary. As well, avoid anything with artificial flavors, colors, added sugars and dyes.

Check for potential allergens.

Many people are allergic to foods like wheat, seafood, dairy and peanuts. High quality supplement products will have a list of the allergens that they don’t contain.

Pick a good source.

Aside from inspecting the product itself, you should also choose a good source when buying it. For example, if you’re buying online, make sure to research the background of the website before you actually place an order. Go through customer reviews,but to ensure credibility, don’t veer away from reputable consumer websites. If you’re buying offline, choose a store that is likely to stock fresh and guaranteed authentic products. 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.

Lastly, do spend time researching on the various products available to you, as well where you can get them best. Do compare prices, but don’t choose strictly on cost.

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