With more and more products on the market, it has become a tough task to choose a quality product and a supplement that is more suitable to your specific needs. First of all, you need to make it very clear what is your specific need for the Weight Loss supplements and what they can be used for. A supplement contains vitamins, nutrient, herbal, mineral, remedy or any combination of these. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies impair the body’s ability to heal and protect itself, and even affect the body’s ability to function properly. Supplements contain correct nutritional and help the body to get back on the track. Below are some useful tips to help you find your way through the supplement maze.
Not all the supplements are created equal. The same product under the different brand name also varied. Within Australia, look for a number on the product begins with either AUST L or AUST R, it means this product has been registered with the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). Supplements approved for sale in Australia must meet the Australian Code of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) to make sure consistent standards. So wherever you are around the globe, make sure to have a look at the quality of the product.
When products are formulated, they are generally designed for a specific reason and to target a certain condition. The ingredients and its quantity included are generally based on a dose used in a clinical trial or of traditional and scientific evidence. Because of this, you should always take the recommended dosage on the product unless advised otherwise by a qualified healthcare professional.
3. Country of Manufacturing and their regulations
In Australia, the TGA provides strict criteria for supplements, which provides a level of security for the public when choosing products. Unlike some other countries, products must list all of the active ingredients, which is essential to understanding what you are taking and its’ efficacy.
Nutrients and herbal medicines will sometimes be combined to make a product formula that is more effective than taking an individual ingredient. This is particularly common with herbal medicine, as combining certain herbs creates a synergistic effect that results in the herbs having a more potent action and therapeutic benefit.
5. Elemental amount
It is significant to take a look at a label of a product before buying it. This way you will know exactly what you are getting and making sure you are getting a bang for your buck. This is particularly important when looking at the elemental amount of a nutrient. Using magnesium as an example, first of all you need to take note of what form the magnesium is in eg. oxide, citrate, amino acid chelate, carbonate, orotate etc. then you will usually see two numbers written, Magnesium orotate 400mg equiv Magnesium 29.1mg.
You may think you are taking 400mg of magnesium but in fact you are only getting 29.1mg of elemental magnesium. So that is a significant difference.
You might have noticed that some supplements come in different forms like magnesium citrate, magnesium chelate, magnesium oxide, however it is sold in a singular form, or in a formula with a variety of forms. This is where you may notice a cost difference in products, as the more bioavailable forms can cost more than the less absorbable forms.
7. Do your research
Make sure what you are looking for, don’t get caught up in the hype, do your research. Yes, there may be this new, fancy, shiny fandangled supplement that claims to be the next best thing supplement, but do you really need it?
Where is it made?
Does it have clinical trials to back it up?
Is it coming from overseas?
Is it sustainable sourced?
What strength are the ingredients?
Is the ingredient standardized to contain the right amount of the active ingredient?
What parts of the plant is being used?
What’s the elemental amount?
Get the answers of all the listed above questions, before buying any particular supplement. Consult your doctor and have your nutrient levels assessed, know exactly what you need to be supplemented with. There is no one size fits all when it comes to supplements. We are all created uniquely and have unique needs