What you need to know about supplements before you try them for yourself.
With so many different kinds of supplements, how do you know which one is right for you? Which ones are genuinely beneficial and are not just hype, a marketing gimmick, and a waste of your money?
Over 50% of adults in the United States report using supplements; however, just because supplements are popular, it doesn’t mean they are all good for you.
We made a list to help you understand what you need to know about supplements before you start using them.
1. What are supplements?
Supplements provide additional nutritional dietary support that our bodies naturally need to stay healthy and well. Some herbal supplements offer benefits that are not provided by typical diets alone.
Certain herbal dietary supplements promote better immune system functions with nutrients not found in traditional diets. There are herbal supplements that possess unique properties that have been used throughout history to help support health and wellness.
2. Supplements will not protect you from viruses or illnesses.
Please seek professional advice if you are experiencing illness. To avoid contact with germs, follow the CDC GUIDELINES.
3. Supplements Are Not Cures or Treatments.
Supplements are not medicine. Always consult your physician if you have any health tissue and seek proper medical assistance.
4. How do you know if you need supplements?
Today our foods are loaded with chemicals and preservatives, and our soils are so depleted of nutrients that our foods are nutrient poor.
Some people can obtain the right nutrients from proper nutrition, however, if simple lifestyle changes are not enough and you have consulted your doctor, and you need extra support, witch most people do, then the right supplements will help.
5. Not all supplements are created equal.
Choose single-ingredient supplements or no more than three. Some may have additional ingredients and chemicals in the manufacturing of the supplement that may have adverse effects. Some may contain preservatives or harmful pesticides. Read the labels carefully before using any supplements. Check for supporting documents, credible sources, and reviews from people who have used them.
6. Natural is best when it comes to ingredients.
Herbal dietary supplements are derived from nature and can come from flowers, leaves, roots, bark, and fruits.
Herbal dietary supplements should have less than three ingredients and are usually vegan, but not necessarily non-GMO. Some may be gluten-free and organic. Don’t be afraid to ask questions of the manufacturer before using supplements.
7. Not all supplements will provide the proper amount of ingredients to make a nutritional difference.
Read the label to determine the purity of the ingredients. Is it more water or filler than the supplement? Is it pure natural ingredients? The first ingredient listed will be the dominant ingredient.
Supplements with “proprietary blends” do not have to report any ingredient amounts on their labels and should be avoided.
8. Which form of supplement works the best?
Specific forms of supplements will not thoroughly or adequately absorbed into the body and, as a result, will Not provide adequate benefit.
Tinctures or liquid extract supplements are better absorbed by the body and at a faster rate, maximizing the nutritional benefit and eliminating the need to take more to make up for the wasted amount that passes through your body untouched.
9. How long does it take for supplements to work?
To truly feel and experience the difference with supplements, it will take anywhere from six weeks to three months. Some people will start to notice results the first day or within a few days of taking results can take a couple weeks and up to 60-90 days on occasion.
Supplements used daily and on an ongoing basis has shown to help the body to operate with better efficiency and enhance the overall health and wellbeing in most people committed to using herbal supplements.
10. What amount of supplements should I take?
Follow the instructions on the label. It is best to start off slow when taking a new supplement and make sure you have a good reaction. If you plan on increasing the dosage.. ex you have a concern you are working on, it might be best to gradually increase the amount over several days or more.
A few more essential tips to be aware of with supplements:
1. Caution is best.
Before taking supplements, consult with your doctor if you are taking medication, pregnant, or breastfeeding. Make sure the supplement is compatible with your current medications. Women that are pregnant or breastfeeding should also consult their doctor before beginning any new supplements.
2. Try only one new supplement at a time.
It is wise to try a small amount first when trying a new supplement. Stop taking the supplement if you feel ill.
3. Store supplements in the appropriate location.
Some supplements may be sensitive to light or to the environment. Follow storage instructions, and if they are not available, ask the seller for them.
4. Who regulates supplements?
Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA), which protects the right of consumers to access supplements for wellness.2
5. Read the supplement label for ingredients.
If you have allergies, make sure to read the ingredients before using supplements. If you don’t understand an ingredient on the label, then it is most likely not natural, and you should look it up online. It is always better safe than sorry when it comes to your health and well being.
Supplements will supply the missing nutrients your body may need or can’t get enough of from standard diets.
Herbal supplements are a better choice, and liquid extracts have the best absorption rate and the best value. Most extract supplements also provide a highly concentrated amount of nutrients you will not find in other supplements and most diets.
If you have any questions, please email us, and we would be glad to answers any questions you have about supplements.
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