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How can I compare the ingredients and doses in Supplements?

Shopping around for the right supplement for you can be a challenge in itself.

With such an extensive range of supplements on the market to choose from. There is also a lot of information crammed onto almost every product label. It can be extremely difficult to determine what supplement product is right for you, or if its better than another.

Dont stress, we’re here to help give you some strategies to read these confusing labels like a pro!

Therapeutic goods administration (TGA) and Supplements.

Dietary supplements are products that are intended to supplement your diet and improve your health, and wellbeing.

The variety of supplements on the market today come in array of forms. including powdered drinks, tablets, pills, drinks etc. There’s lots of them out there is what i’m trying to say.

It’s important to note that the Therapeutic goods administration. (TGA) does not regulate the safety or effectiveness of supplements the same way that it monitors drugs so to speak.

This means there is no promises that a supplement is produced accordingly to specified quality standards. or that it is consistent from batch to batch.

For this reason i believe it’s important to practise reading the labels and looking for the valuable information we’re about to talk about to ensure you’re getting the highest quality product available.

Labels and Supplement information.

Supplement fact labels include the most basic information about that specific supplement. including serving size, number of servings per container, ingredients, and the amount of nutrients it contains.

Checking the serving size first can help you determine whether you need more each serve or need to divide the serving size, too reach the desired quantity.

Be sure to always check the additional ingredients listed, down towards the bottom of the supplement label. These may include extracts, additives and other compound ingredients.

I spoke about why “Less is more” in a recent article, again this applies in some cases when looking for ingredients and nutrients in supplements.

Sometimes supplement companies like to use filler ingredients to make their products more marketable which makes the consumers believe they are purchasing a product that is more effective than another product of supplement with less ingredients that actually may be just as or in some cases more effective.

Read why less is more:

Keep in mind that ingredients are listed in their label order of predominance. For example the first ingredient listed will be what the product is mostly made of.

key – Ingredients are listed by quantity from highest to lowest. Try looking for products that list whole foods as the first three ingredients and be skeptical of supplements with long lists of ingredients.

Common terminology

“Organic” and “All natural” We have all read this somewhere, so what does this mean?

“natural” and “all natural” refer to products that don’t contain any artificial or synthetic ingredients including artificial flavours, or colours.

However, it’s important to note the use of the term “natural” is not strictly enforced.

Some supplement products are referred to as “whole food” supplements.

The supplements are usually made using concentrated blends of food substances that are dehydrated. While this can sound enticing, its important to note that this is not necessarily and indicator of good quality. I think ill be sticking to my local fresh produce store for good fresh quality rather than that meal replacement shake that is soooo irresistibly “good” for you..

Food based or whole food supplements often contain synthetic ingredients, including additives, fillers, and flavourings. Again – be skeptical of products with a long ingredients list.

Bottom line, paying close attention to the ingredients, dosage, quality, and health claims is key to picking the right product for you.

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