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How to choose the right supplement

on July 13, 2020

With such a wide array of supplements on sale today, it can be hard to identify the right one to consume. Often times, we are attracted to supplements that are more affordable. But if there is one thing we should be more generous with, it is our health. In this article, we explore three simple steps in determining the right supplement for you.

 

Consult your doctor

to find out about your nutritional needs: Your nutritional needs vary according to your age, diet and pre-existing medical conditions[1].


If you’re pregnant or have a pre-existing chronic medical condition, you ought to ask your doctor for recommended supplements or consult her before purchasing a supplement off the shelves. This is to avoid any complications as supplements may have active ingredients with strong biological effects.[2]
You should also consult your doctor before taking any supplement if you are taking medication.

Things to ask your doctor:

- What are the benefits or risk of taking the supplement?

- How many should I take?

- How long should I take it for?

- Is it suitable for long-term use?

 

Check for certifications

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Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP)
This certification[3] guarantees adherence to the industry’s safety standards through every stage of the production process. This ranges from manufacturing to packaging. Essentially, it is a basic quality check that you have to look out for when purchasing supplements.


Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points(HACCP)
Products having undergone this check have been carefully examined, at every stage of the production process. Potential chemical, physical and microbiological hazards are dealt with before the product is distributed, thereby ensuring safe consumption.


ISO9001
Certifies that the production process adhered to the required statutory and regulatory standards. It also guarantees the requirements of customers and the organization are fulfilled.

There are plenty more standards/certificates one can look out for. However, the aforementioned three are one of the most recognized and reliable in the industry.

At Nature Leaf, we are a firm advocate of safe and effective supplements. To ensure our customers only get safe, high-quality supplements, Immune+ and all of our supplements are produced in a GMP, HACCP and ISO9001 certified facility. We are committed to providing the best quality supplements for your health and wellness.

 

Cheaper doesn't mean better value for money

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A cheaper supplement does not translate to being better value for money. If a product is cheap this may be due to the fact that cheap and lower quality ingredients are used resulting in a lower price point. Keep that in mind when shopping for supplements.

Always do your research before purchasing any supplement. Besides consulting your doctor as aforementioned, the onus is also on you to read up on the product ingredients, reviews and check its compatibility with your diet.

A research done by the University of Minnesota found a correlation between price and recommended dosage: For six herbal products, the more expensive they were, the higher the chance of their recommended dosage being consistent with established standards[4].



Hence, its best to base your choice on the supplement’s quality and reviews rather than its lower price.

Conclusion

Finding the right supplement may seem daunting, but it can be made simple by following the three steps mentioned before: consult your doctor, check for certifications and consider price vs. quality.
We believe that a meticulous attitude in choosing your supplements is necessary for you to enjoy the best health results. Stay informed, stay healthy!
Leave a comment in the comment section down below if you have any queries. We’ll be happy to answer them!

Disclaimer

This blog post is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. The views and nutritional advice expressed are not intended for the purpose of providing medical advice. Please always consult your health care provider if you are experiencing any medical conditions. All content on this page has been thoroughly reviewed. Nevertheless, no liability can be accepted for the completeness and accuracy of the information. 

 References

[1]        Rehagen, T. 2017, October 27. How to Choose Vitamins and Supplements. Retrieved July 07, 2020, from
https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/prevention-15/vitamins/how-choose-vitamins-supplements

[2]        Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. (2018, February 23). Tips for Dietary Supplement Users. Retrieved July 07, 2020, from https://www.fda.gov/food/information-consumers-using-dietary-supplements/tips-dietary-supplement-users

[3]             Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) Certification. (n.d.). Retrieved July 09, 2020, from
https://www.sgs.com/en/agriculture-food/commodities/audit-certification-and-verification/certification/good-manufacturing-practice-gmp-certification

[4]        Catherine DiBenedetto. 2019, February 12. 9 Things to Know Before Buying Another Supplement. Retrieved July 07, 2020, from
https://www.health.com/nutrition/9-things-to-know-before-buying-another-supplement