Things to Keep in Mind while Buying Supplements

Things to Keep in Mind while Buying Supplements

Essential considerations for picking the right supplements.

We all want to stay young and healthy no matter what. And when we see that we are not getting our necessary nutrients from our regular food, we turn to dietary supplements or superfoods full of vitamins and minerals. Therefore, unless you're one of many that take them, be assured that you are not isolated. About half of adults in America do so. But should you really take them?

That is a concern you can address to your physician or dietitian since food is the optimal source of minerals and vitamins. However, eating balanced is not always possible. Occasionally, it may be very difficult to consume an adequate volume of organic vegetables, whole grains, fruits, and other nutritious alternatives. In that case, multivitamins can be a safe option for you to boost your nutrients.

Then you might wonder which supplements or superfoods you should take. That’s also a question you should ask your doctor or dietitian. You should look for supplements and foods recommended by doctors, just like how Dr. Adhara reviewed organifi as a good option. Many doctors have reviewed other brands, so use that as a guide for future purchases.

1. Do You Really Need Supplements?

Generally, people who are healthy don’t require supplements. However, if you’re an elderly person, take certain medicines, or are unable to pay for a healthy meal everyday, you may need supplements to keep healthy.

Here are some reasons to talk to your doctor:

If you are currently or planning on getting pregnant

Pregnancy requires a careful, nutritious diet. Iron deficiency is particularly common for pregnant women, especially if suffering from morning sickness. Experts recommend prenatal vitamins and nutrients, like folic acid, in order to provide you with an extra health safety cushion.

If you want to take good care of your young child

Your children and infants might require some outside help to get their vitamin D and iron properly. In this case, supplements will come in handy. You will be able to use this medicine with their favorite food and give them the necessary vitamin D and iron.

If you have a restricted or limited diet

If you have a restricted or limited diet, it will be much harder for you to get essential nutrients like vitamin B12 or calcium. If you’re vegan, lactose intolerant, or suffer from certain food allergies, you might be missing important nutrients. Supplements will allow you to retain your vegan lifestyle or avoid triggering your allergies while giving you everything you need to stay healthy.

If you are 50 or older

As you get older, your body will absorb lower amounts of vitamins D and B12. When you reach middle age, you should take some extra steps to stay healthy through diet and exercise. If all that doesn’t work out, you can always rely on supplements to provide the necessary nutrients in your middle age.

2. If you are suffering from any sort of deficiency

If you are wondering whether your diet is lacking in certain vitamins or minerals, you should visit your doctor. They may give you a blood test to check your vitamin and nutrient levels. For example, if you have been a vegan for a few years, you might want to get your vitamin B12, calcium, and vitamin D levels checked.

Regardless of your diet or lifestyle, you should consult your doctor if you have the following symptoms:
  • Extreme hair loss
  • Pain in the joints or bones
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Irregularity in heartbeat
  • If your wounds heal slowly

In these cases, supplements will also help you a great deal.

While nutritional deficiency is a rare scenario in developed countries like the US, obesity is a large health problem. Nevertheless, there’s growing concern among experts that Americans are still falling short of the following key nutrients:
  • Vitamin D
  • Calcium
  • Potassium

3.Things you should consider while taking supplements

Almost all experts agree that taking multivitamins every day won’t harm your health. But if you keep having foods and drinks which are fortified, that might push you over the tolerable upper level (UL) for some nutrients. That might lead to mild side effects like nausea or more serious ones like bleeding.

As dietary supplements aren’t regular medicine, they are not regulated like medicines. So that means there’s no possible way of knowing what’s exactly in them.

Therefore, you should always let your doctor know what supplements you’re taking. There are some supplements, like St John’s wort and vitamin K, which can hamper the work of other medications in your body. Supplements can cause excessive bleeding during surgery or interfere with anesthetics.

So experts suggest that certain supplements should be used with extra caution:

Beta-carotene and vitamin A

High doses of beta-carotene and vitamin A might raise the chances of lung cancer if you are a smoker. And during pregnancy, your baby is more likely to have birth defects if you’re using vitamin A in retinol form.


The growth of cancerous tumors might get triggered by vitamin C and E. They may also interfere with cancer treatments.

Vitamin D

If you take too much of this vitamin, it can lead to a buildup of calcium which might cause hypercalcemia. That may result in kidney stones.

4. The research behind certain supplements

There are certain dietary supplements that have been proven to be helpful. For example, to lower bone loss and fractures, vitamin D and calcium have been scientifically verified as beneficial. But there are also many products, such as herbs like Ginkgo Biloba, that do not have any solid evidence behind their health claims.

And if you see a supplement claiming that it can cure dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, don’t believe it. There has been absolutely no proof supporting such a claim.

Here’s what research has to say about some popular supplements:

Omega-3 fatty acids

Research on animals shows that fish oil has many heart health benefits; it helps blood flow and lowers inflammation. But the research on humans hasn’t produced any clear results yet. There are some studies which suggest:

  • If they are taken with other RA medicine, it will ease the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.
  • If you take it as a prescription, then it can lower your triglycerides.

So research to prove the benefits of omega-3 supplements is still going on.


Vitamins are considered a good way to fix the nutrient deficiency. But multivitamins will not lower your chances of long-term health problems or extend your lifespan. By long-term health problems, I mean heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and other similar diseases. And there’s still no evidence whatsoever that vitamins can or will help you think and remember better.

Supplements for age-related eye disease (ARED)

Some research has shown that a certain mix of antioxidants, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids might slow ARED down.

5.How you should use and store supplements

Experts always advise that you should take your doctor’s advice on how you should use supplements. Other rules you should follow for use are:

  1. You should not go over your recommended Daily Value (DV) for vitamins and minerals unless it is prescribed by your doctor.
  2. Multivitamins do not have 100% of the daily value for magnesium and calcium. As a result, you might need to consider a specific kind of supplement.
  3. Buy brands approved by the third party like USP or NSF.

When it comes to storing them, you should keep your vitamins in the bathroom; it will be easier for you to remember to take them. But the main factors that affect supplements are light and moisture. So you should keep your supplements somewhere that is cool and dry, like a dresser.

In this competitive world, everyone wants to stay healthy in order to achieve their goals and live to the fullest. You should make time to look into and take supplements because they are one of the easiest ways to stay healthy.


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