• Emily Wunder

3 Tips for Smart Supplement Buying

Should I take Biotin for my hair? Do I need to take Vitamin B since I am a vegetarian? These are questions I often get and often accompanied by confusion and overspending on unnecessary vitamins, minerals, oils, etc. Nutritional supplements can help with many health issues from skin health to pain management but before buying every promising looking option, there are a few factors to consider.

1. Take a look at your diet before adding supplements.

As their name indicates, they are meant to “supplement” a healthy diet. If you are looking to decrease inflammation in the body that may be leading to pain while eating a diet high in fried foods and processed sugar, which both cause inflammation, you should start with your food choices. Often times food and drink changes can give results that are expected from a supplement.

2. Keep interactions in mind.

Some supplements can interact with medications, other supplements, and even food. Some supplements should be taken with certain foods to make them more easily absorbed by the body. Do your research or discuss with your Doctor or Registered Dietitian to avoid any adverse interactions.

3. Take it one supplement at a time.

Going crazy with a whole assortment of supplements at one time can end up being quite wasteful. Start with one supplement at a time and give it a few weeks. This way you can really pinpoint which supplements will help you and avoid wasting money while taking supplements that you may not need.

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