Many health-conscious people opt to add multivitamins and supplements to their daily routines in order to get the most out of their healthy habits. If you are interested in rounding out your diet in this way, then you should know that not all products are created equal. What’s more, is that purchasing low-quality products can be as wasteful as throwing money down the drain. Interested in learning how to differentiate between those you should purchase and those you should not? Here is what you need to know about how to find high-quality multivitamins and supplements:
Look at the ingredients list. On every vitamin and supplement label, you can find a list of elements that the product contains. A high-quality multivitamin will contain the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of those constituents that are most important to you. By the same token, any reputable supplement brand will list the exact concentration of the ingredient that is supposed to be contained in the supplement, as well as any fillers. This is where it pays to compare labels, as one product can differ greatly from another.
Trace products to their manufacturers. In most cases, any product you buy in any kind of store is likely to be manufactured by a completely separate entity that sells a variety of products to a variety of retailers. Before you purchase anything, ask about the manufacturer, as it is the brand you need to research – not the retailer. If a retailer isn’t sure about a particular product, then write down the brand name on the label and continue your research independently.
Research brands online. If you know of a specific brand you are most interested in, then you can find out a lot about the quality of that manufacturer’s products by doing some online research. When researching manufacturer brands, it is important that you find out about the source of the ingredients (are they ingredients locally grown, organic, etc.?), whether the ingredients are natural or synthetic, and how the ingredients are tested for contaminants (if applicable).
Storage. It is very simple and easy for you to check the expiration date before you purchase anything. However, you also need to take into consideration the conditions in which the products are stored. This includes storage after the products are packaged and before they are shipped. It is a good idea to ask the manufacturers and retailers about storage before you purchase anything.
As you can see, there are some very practical guidelines when it comes to making the best possible multivitamin and supplement purchases. The time and effort will be well spent when you consider the health benefits.