Recently, I wrote an blog about creating an effective supplements regimen. In light of that information, decisions must still be made such as how much to take, which brands to trust, and where to buy them. Store shelves contain hundreds of products, all containing different ingredients and dosages. Prices can vary widely, and all this information can be confusing. Additionally, the Supplements Industry is largely unregulated, so it can be nearly impossible to determine which are of the highest quality.

Here are a few facts you should know. NEARLY ALL retail supplements are made with inferior ingredients to increase profits. Often, they contain lower doses than what is stated on the label. To make matters worse, they contain agents that are difficult to digest, reducing what is absorbed by the body. This means most of its nutritional value is literally ending up in the toilet leaving you with little or no real benefit.

This is not to say there are absolutely no high quality retail supplements to be found. But, unless you are willing to do the research and navigate the marketing trickery which makes every product appear outstanding, it is very difficult to know which ones they are. The safest thing is buy pharmaceutical grade supplements from a reliable source. Because these items can only be purchased through qualified practitioners, this means finding a Naturopath, Functional Doctor, or Chiropractor near you who carries them. This may seem inconvenient, but think of it as an opportunity to get professional guidance regarding which forms of a supplement may be best for you as well as the dosage.

And be prepared for the fact that these products often are comparatively pricy…on the surface, that is. What you must consider, however, is that pharmaceutical grade supplements are so much more easily absorbed and utilized that it can sometimes take over 100 times the amount of a store bought brand to achieve the same affect. So, ounce for ounce, ingredient for ingredient, pharmaceutical brands can actually be the less expensive option.  Choose wisely, and your body will thank you.

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