Supplements Best Practices

Supplements Best Practices

We have already had occasions to talk about the possible risks associated with the use of rough supplements and the fact that, introduced with food, some nutrients have a protective effect against health that cannot be obtained by taking them in the form of food supplements.

But what are the basic rules to follow when taking a supplement to ensure not only effectiveness but also safe use? To list them is Harvey Simon, director of the Harvard Men’s Health Watch.

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  • According to Simon

It is often difficult to combine serious scientific results with the simple, encouraging promise of well-marketed vitamins and supplements.

In other words, it is not certain that a supplement will keep its promises, thanks to the fact that the laws do not provide that the producer must give proof of the fact that the benefits shown on the package are real. For this Simon emphasizes that:

Consumers should always keep an eye on news concerning new studies. The indications will change as new scientific studies appear. Unfortunately, in many cases the new research has not confirmed our hopes, even if there are exceptions.

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To avoid throwing money into the wind or, even worse, putting his health at risk, Simon has indicated four rules for the safe use of supplements:

  • Watch out for excessive promises

If it sounds too good to be true, the promised effect is often not real.

  • Do not believe the testimonials too much

Especially when it comes to celebrities. Likewise, the fact that a supplement is recommended to you by a relative or a friend who is not paid by the manufacturer to advertise does not guarantee the effectiveness or safety of the supplement.

  • It is not true that you can safely exceed the doses

In fact, experience shows that even the most harmless supplement in the world can have unsuspected negative effects.

  • Pay attention to expressions that have little meaning

Such as “completely natural”, “rich in antioxidants”, “clinically proven”, “anti-aging”.

For peace of mind, it is always better to ask your doctor for advice and keep him informed about the supplements you are taking, especially to avoid possible interactions with some drugs.

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