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Make sure to avoid these five mistakes when buying supplements in case you are one of the 71% of American Adults who enhance their diet with additional nutrients.
1. Not All Vitamins Are The Same.
Vitamins and mineral supplements are targeted towards different needs and physiology, which truly depends on the individual person.
Therefore, not all supplements have the same effect on the user.
From low potent three-a-day vitamin pills to high potent nine-a-day herbal nutrients for the fully committed health enthusiast, there are simple food-based supplements and highly potent herbal supplements that can be used for different needs.
Before throwing random bottles into your shopping cart,
try to gather more information to see which supplements will suit the particular needs of your body.
2. Don't Neglect A Healthy Diet For Supplements.
Taking a multivitamin once a day and believing that you don’t need to eat a well-balanced meal might as well be the start of a health disaster.
Some people love having a super green protein shake first thing in the morning to ensure a good intake of essential nutrients, as well as protein, fiber, and water.
However, remember to always diversify your eating habits.
As we get busier in our lives, we often trim our diet and eat the same 10-15 food variations on a weekly basis.
It is very possible to become nutrient deficient even if you are eating healthy meals because tapping into the same nutritional resources over and over again without considering other variations of nutrients limits your access to the variety of nutrients that help us function on a daily basis.
3. Relying On Advice Of Health Store Employees And Online Magazine Trends.
We have seen it all too often on Dr. OZ's show or Online Magazines talking about health.
A new vitamin or supplement you haven't heard of before, suddenly becomes the next "thing" to add to your supplement collection.
For every health enthusiast out there promoting healthy products, there are at least two health gurus that are simply promoting product partnerships for commercial purposes.
Brands are known to place their products into the hands of "experts" with lucrative partnerships because of the perceived level of trust between the audience and the expert.
It is crucial for consumers to question affiliations to companies and products of the so-called "experts" they listen to.
Furthermore, instead of educating oneself, individuals often rely on the advice from Health Store Workers. The training that these workers receive centers around selling a product with training material often provided by the suppliers of the supplements instead of health experts.
Assessing the individual needs of the customer always falls short in this case and any advice received should be taken with a grain (or two) of salt.
Also, most health stores don't require a minimum education level for employees. Therefore, it would be wrong to expect quality advice and factual information when comparing store workers with licensed Naturopathic doctors, Nutritionists, Dietitians, or Medical doctors.
4. Not Paying Attention To Labels.
Labels are often created with the intention to be deceiving and/or confusing to the consumer. This is because many products come with fillers, bulking agents and preservatives for example that provide no additional medical benefit but are part of the creation process of the product.
Therefore, it is important to pay attention to the active and non-active ingredients in a supplement.
Disregarding the non-active ingredients may cause sensitivity or allergic reactions for some users.
Here are some non-medicinal ingredients that are common in some supplements to beware of:
a) Potential Allergens: dairy, gluten, soy.
b) Gelatin if you are a vegetarian or vegan.
c) Hydrogenated oils.
d) Magnesium stearate.
e) Artificial coloring.
f) Titanium dioxide.
5. Choosing Price Over Quality.
We believe that this is part of common sense but we have seen too many individuals make a "financial decision" instead of a "health decision" when purchasing a new supplement.
Some individuals might be daunted by a small bottle of vitamin pills that costs $50 but there is nothing worse than buying into untested, unsafe health products that are $15 cheaper per bottle but will not deliver the nutrients your body needs.
Always make sure that you are using the best supplements available from trusted suppliers.
A good test when starting to buy supplements online for example is to reach out to the supplier and ask for additional proof of quality regarding the product and manufacturing process.
Companies that avoid this conversation shouldn't be trusted with your health.
Companies that are knowledgable in the field and source quality products are mostly eager to have this type of conversation with you and they usually have access to all the information needed to make a good purchase decision.