Health Supplements for men and women come in various forms and choosing between products is a task best left to those who have had a time to research them thoroughly. However, if you are seeking to buy a natural health supplement, be warned that apart from some reputable companies, the rest rely almost entirely on the placebo effect. It may not seem as bad considering these health supplements hardly break the bank unlike their pharmaceutical brethren. However, money is a secondary problem when it comes to health supplements. While the more innocuous ones are simply sugar and water, some dubious companies may be more dangerous.
The problem lies in the FDA’s refusal to consider these as drugs or pharmaceuticals and categorizes them as food, which therefore warrants an indefinitely more lax security check. While this means products reach markets faster, unscrupulous companies take advantage of this lack of review and testing. The lucrative profits made available in this industry have attracted dodgy manufactures using bad production practices, inferior materials and false labeling and advertising. The end user is the guinea pig as field trials and clinical reviews are not required to launch a natural medication. So if all of these companies are simply in it for the money, how can the end user protect themselves from corporate greed?
The simplest way is to be well read. Do your research online regarding the products, the company’s profile and particular brand and even the individual ingredients. There are thousands of websites where you can look up medical articles and journals that contain information on the drug of your choice. In some cases, if the individual ingredients are listed, you can also look them up and check if their usage is consistent with the reason you bought the supplement. Reading through customer reviews of the product in different sites is also another great way to see how similar people are affected by the same drug.
Though it sounds obvious, a simple mistake that many people make is buying supplements at rock bottom prices and finding out they don’t work or that they are past their expiration date. Natural supplements have a short shelf life. Reputed retailers are more prone to refreshing their stock than smaller shops. There is also a possibility of buying knock offs in smaller shops and finding out they are not the real thing later. Be extra careful when using mail-order magazines and internet sites to order your supplements.
The manufacturer’s credibility takes priorities when it comes to natural supplements. Check if the company is GMP-certified as this will tell you that the company has strict policies with regards to quality. Products that have been produced with the help of medical experts carry more weightage than those without. Consider the company’s website and reputation. If they are already in the supplement manufacturing business, chances are they know what they are doing. Either way, make sure that the website is active and that you have ways of contacting them, online or off which will defiantly put your mind to ease.