Things to Consider When Buying a Supplement
With so many different supplements on the shelves in an oversaturated market promoting things that we are all after like women’s health, weight loss, energy and glowing skin as a few examples, it can be extremely daunting trying to figure out which products you should be investing your trust and money into. Here a few things to consider when choosing a supplement product to take which will hopefully make the selection process a little easier and leaving you feeling confident with your choice.
- What is actually in the ingredients?
Being informed about what chemicals and ingredients that you are potentially putting into your body is extremely important. Do yourself a favour and start going through the ingredients list on products and make sure you know exactly what it is you are taking, if you’re unsure of an ingredient research it and make sure you are happy to put that in your body. Another important factor is what are the specific ingredients for? There are a lot of claims of what ingredients can do with absolutely no scientific proof to back it up, quality products will use quality ingredients that have plenty of scientific backing.
- Where is your product made?
Knowing where your product is made is very important knowledge to have as it determines the quality and safety of it. Particularly in the current economic climate that we are experiencing, it is more important now than ever to make sure you are supporting Australian made products and businesses.
- Who is your product supporting?
When putting your hard-earned money into a product it’s important to consider what you are supporting when buying from that business. Do they have morals and standards that you align with or are they a corporation against what you believe in? Do they give back to the community or are they just for making one person rich? Do they comply with fair trade practices or exploit their employees? These are just some of the questions you should ask yourself when choosing a company or brand to support.
- Is the product you are buying value for the money you are paying?
Nobody likes to be ripped off or pay way too much of your money for something that turns out not to be worth it. A few ways to make sure you are getting value out of the money you’re spending is by doing your research. Price comparing to other similar products is a great place to start and can help you get a better understanding of the price you should be paying. If you are getting a product that contains several things for example a probiotic mixed with collagen, compare it to the price of a collagen product and a probiotic product together. Reading product reviews on websites and blogs or asking people who have tried the product previously can be a great way to get a grasp of the product quality too.
When keeping these factors in mind, it can help you to make an educated decision on firstly what you are putting into your body and secondly what you are investing your money into and supporting. If there is a brand that you are really keen on trying but don’t have the answers to your questions, never be afraid to reach out and ask questions as most of them are more than happy to reply. Just remember to always read the labels and know what you are consuming as your health will always be your greatest wealth and no amount of money or supplements can fully restore that. Lastly supplements are a great addition to an already healthy lifestyle and diet but they should never be used to replace eating healthy and balanced meals.