Making a smart choice for nutritional supplements

Nutrition and healthy eating -  Nutritional supplements
Nutrition Supplements
By: Ms. Reema Bhatia (Nutritionist)

Whenever you are in the market to purchase nutritional supplements, you have so many unanswered questions in your mind. With such a huge variety, it is understandably quite difficult to make a right choice. Let us discuss some of the key questions that can help you in making a right choice –

Will the product bear the right qualities to be effective?

While choosing these supplements, the quality should be stressed upon. You should avoid using the products which are made using fake or illegal ingredients. There are various supplements available in the market that make use of fillers and synthetic ingredients which are harmful for the human body. Such ingredients can have negative effects on liver, kidneys and digestive tract.

Am I going to notice any difference or it will just satisfy my need?

In this particular case, there are two important things that matters. First is your nutritional deficiency and second is the importance of the nutrient for your body. These two things will decide whether you will be benefited through these supplements or not. Vegetables and fruits don’t contain the apt amount of nutrients that is required by the body.

For how long do I have to take these supplements?

This is probably one of the key questions. If you are worried about the duration of consuming these supplements the it will depend on the severity of your illness and the type of supplement that you choose. Today, there are varied methods through which you can decide what are your precise requirements. Be informed, that these are not the regular blood tests that are conducted at the hospitals; in fact they are particular tests that will decide if you are having a deficiency of amino acids,  minerals, fatty acids and vitamins.

Before choosing nutritional supplements make sure that you have consulted your physician.

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