How to choose the right food supplements?

The consumption of food supplements has become commonplace and, at the same time, people are beginning to turn more to natural and ancestral medicines. Well-chosen and used wisely, these products promote well-being, help to compensate for deficiencies and put the body in good conditions, making treatments by ancestral and natural means effective. Nevertheless, the plurality of the offers, grouping a whole range of products and brands, does not facilitate the choice of the consumers, especially with the advertisements which speak only about their benefits.

Opting for good quality food supplements

Food supplements are not medicines, despite their form (capsule, powder or other). No therapeutic result can be required after taking these products which, a priori, are classified in the same way as foodstuffs. As far as possible, it is preferable to consume French-made products. Normally, before their sale, these food supplements have been tested and compliance with standards is verified. Products containing artificial excipients, titanium dioxide, preservatives, acesulfame K and aspartame are not indicated. Ideally, lactose-, casein- and gluten-free food supplements are best. Careful reading of the label will reveal the ingredients and active ingredients. The manufacture, origin, galenic form, concentration, composition, precautions for use and dosage must be mentioned on the label.

Seek the advice of a physician or pharmacist.

Dietary supplements are harmless, yet they should not be abused or taken in any way. The best trick to be able to choose the right products to consume is to seek the advice of a doctor. By learning about the person’s state of health and their needs, the doctor will be able to indicate which dietary supplements are suitable for them. In addition, the doctor can give advice on what to do for a good result. People undergoing specific long or medium-term treatments should also seek the advice of their doctor. If necessary, the pharmacist can also provide good advice.

Focus on the details of their composition

For an identical product, brands may use formulas with different dosages.

  • Aloe Vera juice and gel should only come from whole pulp. They must not contain any preservatives, citric acids or reconstitution water.
  • Good probiotics must contain a minimum of 9 strains. When combined with prebiotics, their effectiveness is flawless.
  • Vitamins from natural sources are to be preferred.
  • Omega-3 from natural vegetable or marine oils is better.
  • Zinc in the form of gluconate or citrate is indicated.
  • Potassium in the form of citrate or bicarbonate is preferable.
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