Choosing the right
supplements are important. Supplements such as MSM and glucosamine
can greatly increase your life by reducing pain, help you live a
fuller life, and reduce the need for often harsh prescription
medications. But choosing the right supplements is not always easy.
Look on any store shelf where supplements are sold and you will
discover a wide array of names, promises, and labels. Knowing who
you can trust can save you time, money, and even save your life.
When choosing the right
supplements, you may find these tips most useful…
Is the supplement natural
There is an enormous
difference between a natural MSM supplement and a synthetic MSM
supplement. Just as with any supplement, you will want to choose
the one that works for you. Most often, natural is the way to go.
Natural does not automatically equate to healthier, however. Think
about this – arsenic is natural. But with such supplements as MSM or
even vitamin C, you will find natural is a much better solution that
a synthetically produced supplement.
Is the supplement tested
for potency and purity?
A reputable, high quality
manufacturer will test for purity and potency. Just tossing together
ingredients in hopes that it will work as expected is not good for
your health. When a manufacturer has tested a supplement for purity
and potency, you can rest easy knowing that you are getting the best
possible efficiency for your needs. However, not all manufacturers
will perform testing that meet high standards necessary to make the
What fillers, additives
and other artificial ingredients are in your supplement?
Remember that fillers are
just that – fillers. Used to take up space, fillers can be just
about anything under the sun. Even coatings are not necessarily bad
per say, but coatings can add artificial flavoring and hide nasty
ingredients such as petroleum. Yuck! It is vital that you know what
your supplement contains. A company should not need to cover up
good ingredients with artificial flavors, fillers, and coatings.
Is the supplement
considered a food or a drug?
Many supplements are
considered a drug which can have reactions with other medications.
You can generally find out if your supplement is a food or drug by
contacting the manufacturer or reseller. If you cannot easily find
this information, beware.
Discuss all supplements with
your healthcare provider. While many healthcare providers may frown
on supplements, you will find that more and more professionals
understand the need for other alternatives that reduce side effects
while maximizing benefits. If you cannot speak with your healthcare
provider about your supplements, you may want to consider finding a
healthcare provider you are comfortable with when it comes to your
Safety is a
must when you are living a healthy lifestyle. Even supplements have
safety precautions and warnings. You are your own best weapon in the
fight to find the healthiest, purest, and most effective
supplements. Educate yourself, and you will discover that you get
more for your life with each supplement you add to your life.