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Navigating the marketing behind supplements is one of the most
daunting topics facing consumers today. How well can you investigate what's
behind a marketing campaign? How can you efficiently search for and
choose products that may help or hurt you (or your wallet)?
Learning to become an educated consumer of supplements is not an
easy task. So to give you a jump-start, here's a quick go-to glossary of
common terms and claims found on supplement labels that you need to know about:
While this term is frequently used, there is no current
comprehensive regulatory standard adopted by the FDA for what constitutes
"natural" on food or supplements. When something says "all
natural", it may just have 1% of something that is natural (like water) in
it. So be aware that it is a marketing tool. Use your common sense and
read the ingredients. If you are not sure what each ingredient is, seek out valued
sources to provide you with additional information.
It is important that the full daily dose of active ingredients
correspond to the correct amount of the active nutraceuticals used in the
research and scientific background upon which product claims are based. Less
than the recommended dose may actually result in unsatisfactory results.
Check the pill count against the serving size and directions. If
you see a serving size as two capsules, you must check how many times a day those
two tablets need to be taken. If the directions say for you to take 2 tablets a
day, 60 capsules will last you for a month, but if the recommended dose is 2
tablets 3 times a day, your bottle will only last 10 days!
This can mean three distinctly different things:
Adhering to GMP regulations is not optional, it is the law. While
it is a positive message when labels indicate that products are being
manufactured in a GMP compliant facility, all supplements are required to be
manufactured in such a facility.
Read about the ingredients from independent and reliable sources.
Also note that having a product with a great amount of ingredients in very
small amounts may not indicate the best "proprietary blend".
Including less than the clinically relevant amount of several ingredients may
result in a combination, which will be ineffective or less effective.
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