Nutritional Supplements Guide - What to Look for When Buying Supplements
Simple Guidelines for Purchasing Health Supplements
Thomas Rybicki and Kenneth Rybicki MD, PhD
You've heard about the importance of taking nutritional supplements before, but what are they, and which ones should you be taking?
Health supplements are pills or possibly drinks that people take to help provide nutrients that the body needs, but is not getting from regular diets. Most nutritional supplements are designed to provide a combination of vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals that the body needs, but are difficult for most people to obtain through food alone. Some people are able to obtain all of the nutrients they need through their daily diet, but most do not. Dietary supplements are intended to provide the nutrients that the body should have for everyday functions.
When looking to start a nutritional health supplement program it's important to know what nutrients your body needs to receive.
Vitamins are the most common ingredient in nutritional supplements, and for good reason. Vitamins are micronutrients that the body must have for a
variety of functions. However, the body does not produce vitamins, so they must be obtained through the food we eat.
There are currently 13 different compounds that are considered vitamins. These include Vitamins A, D, E, K, C, and the 8 different B Vitamins.
Each vitamin provides a different benefit to the body. When the correct amount of each vitamin is obtained, the body has been shown to have better
defense against disease, improved functionality, and a general improvement in well-being.
It is important when starting a nutritional supplement program to know what nutrients your body is not getting enough of from your normal diet.
With Vitamins it is possible to have too much of a good thing. You don't want to take a nutritional supplement that has many times what your body
actually needs. Too much of a vitamin or antioxidant can actually be detrimental to a person's health. Therefore, when purchasing a multivitamin,
make sure to look at the label.
Use our Nutritional Supplement Label Guide
to help understand what to look for on a supplement label.Determine how much of each vitamin is in the nutritional supplement, and where that relates
to the daily value. Although the daily value is not an exact measurement of what the body needs, it is a good indicator. It's alright if the vitamin
amount is slightly above or below the daily value, as long as it is not multiple times more than the suggested requirement.
We have created a
Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplements to help compare the ingredients in different supplements.
Also take note of the trace minerals that are found in the health supplements. Once again, the body needs trace minerals in low quantities, but many times normal diet does not adequately provide them. A good multivitamin will provide some quantities of these trace minerals. This helps provide a wide variety of the nutrients that your body needs, but is not always getting from normal eating.
Unfortunately, nutritional health supplements are not totally regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. Therefore, it is vital that you look for a few key things when buying a nutritional supplement. First, make sure that the company and or person who designed the formula is reputable. Although not mandatory, it is best to look for a nutritional supplement that is designed by a physician, dietician, or a company that employs scientists who know and study the compounds. These people know the effects of nutritional supplements, and what the body needs and in what amounts. Next, look at who actually manufacturers the nutritional supplement. If the company that designs and sells the nutritional supplement manufacturers it, make sure that they are cGMP certified. This is an FDA certification that the facility abides by Good Manufacturing Practices. This also applies to nutritional supplement companies who outsource their manufacturing. Also make sure that the nutritional supplement is United States Pharmacopeia (USP) certified. USP certification ensures that the health supplement has the correct ingredient and product integrity, purity, and potency.
Now you are ready to go out and start your own nutritional supplement program. It is vital for our bodies to obtain the nutrients necessary for normal functions. Most of us cannot obtain these nutrients through our food intake alone. If you follow the suggestions above you can purchase the dietary supplement that is right for you, and start your journey to a healthier and more enjoyable life.
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