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5 Key Things to Know Before Taking Supplements

Modern Times Apr 5, 2019
Every time you stop by the grocery store, it seems as though another new supplement is on the market. You walk by the displays and you’re intrigued by some of the benefits listed on the bottles, but with so many options, you’re not entirely sure where to begin.

Here are a few things to keep in mind before you start taking supplements.

You have lots of options

Calling the supplement industry “large” would be like calling Meryl Streep an “OK actress.” It’s a complete understatement.

Supplements are a multimillion dollar industry geared towards anything from bodybuilding and muscle gain to weight loss and vitamin deficiencies. Know what you want before you start looking.

You can make your own

Ever wanted to have your own supplement line? Now you can. This fun niche in the industry is commonly referred to as private label supplements.

These manufacturers help you select the right formula, test it out, and turn it into a full-fledged product. It’s no guarantee of a featured display at GNC, but it’s definitely a promising start.

Professional insight is a plus

Whether you’re reaching out to a health information exchange organization or are simply sitting down to talk with your primary care physician, it’s a good idea to get professional input before you take supplements.

It’ll help you to make a selection that’s more likely to show the results you want and work with your body.

Don’t fall for trends

You’ve heard the saying, “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is too good to be true.”

The supplement industry is no exception. Occasionally, a handful of manufacturers seem to start pumping out the latest fad pill and, in their rush to be the first to market, they tend to release less effective products. Buyer beware.

Follow the labels

When it comes to your body, you know yourself better than anybody else. However, this doesn’t mean that you should ignore the recommended dosages printed on the supplements, even if you’re enjoying the results.

Getting too much of certain vitamins and minerals can harm your body, some in unpleasant ways.
Supplements can be an excellent way to fill in some of the health gaps that your diet and exercise regimen aren’t covering. Before buying, though, it’s key to remember that not all products are the same.

Consult your doctor first and choose a trusted manufacturer to get the best possible results from your supplements.