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Supplement Buying Tips for the Family

As more people seek new ways to improve productivity and ensure optimal health, the supplement industry has taken notice and kept pace . Every day new products are churned out in a market worth over $100 billion. The supplement market includes everything from Omega-3 mixtures to energy boosters to powerful nootropics, so it’s easy for people to get confused in this sea of options. Here are some tips that can help guide you in the right direction.

Natural Ingredients Don’t Always Mean Safe

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There are many natural substances that are not safe for consumption when taken in specific dosages, when combined with other substances, or when taken for a certain length of time. So make sure not to settle for supplements just because they are marketed as natural. Supplement manufacturers are not required to include warnings about known or possible side effects in drugs, so always make sure to thoroughly research and read reviews of every supplement you want to try out.

Ignore the Hype

The buzz surrounding a product is often due to the efforts of a well-paid marketing team, and not necessarily because the product is above and beyond. Effective marketing can sway opinions in an instant, so be sure to investigate popular products before making a purchase. Seek out opinions from reputable sources and learn as much about the product as you can. If the product is marketed with overly enthusiastic marketing speak but there’s no reviews of it apart from paid ones (affiliates), pass.

Take a Holistic View

If you’re thinking about purchasing a smart drug for you and your family members, you’ll first want to think about everyone’s independent lifestyles, allergies, ages, diets and body types. Reconsider adopting a one size fits all approach with supplements for your family, and make sure to run any supplement by your family doctor before purchasing. If the doctor doesn’t approve after reviewing the supplement and your family’s health, then you might want to reconsider.

Stick to Dosage Recommendations

With supplements, it’s easy to disregard recommended doses because many of them are marketed as not having any side effects. However, you need to be careful with amounts of any substance that goes into your body. Even the most natural substances can have adverse effects when overused. Check the labels of multi-ingredient substances to avoid taking an overdose of specific ingredients by consuming it across several supplements.

One Supplement at a Time

By taking more than one supplement at a time, you stand the risk of ingredient interactions. What this means is that if you were to develop a side effect, it would be difficult to know exactly which ingredient is the cause and from which supplement. You also generally won’t know which supplement is working well for you and which is less effective if you’re taking more than one of a similar type. If you want to take multiple supplements for multiple reasons, thoroughly inspect the warning label and ingredients list before combining to make sure there’s no ingredient overlap and/or health concerns.

Keep a List of Medications

When you have reasons to visit your doctor, you’ll be required to divulge all medication you’re currently taking. Supplements should not be left out, so be prepared to let the doctor know exactly what supplements you’re taking, including dosages.

With these simple tips, you can buy supplements for your family without jeopardising anyone’s overall health!

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