There are over 25,000 brands of supplements, vitamins, and antioxidants that are flooding the market today. You want to know about these add-ons while continuing with a low carb diet. Between so much marketing hype and lack of nutritional information to the average person it is hard to know what you are getting when purchasing your supplements.
In order to help you choose the right supplements we have listed three very important pieces of advice:
- Make sure that the label says “USP” or “ConsumerLab.com” on the label. These two seals will ensure you that the supplement actually contains every ingredient that the label is claiming and also the amount of those ingredients. The USP and Consumerlab seals also guarantee you that the supplements have been screened for poisons like pesticides and contaminants like bacteria.
- Instead of getting a vitamin supplement that is universal for everyone, try to get supplements that are more age specific. The reason for this is because new information tells us that people of different age groups and sexes may have different requirements. Younger women may need less iron than post menopausal women. Men typically need less calcium than women. People over the age of 55 may need more or less of a particular vitamin or mineral. This list goes on so be sure to take into account these things when choosing your supplements.
- Last but not least, be sure to check the expiration dates. Most all supplements will loose its potency over a certain period of time and if the climate is warm then that helps diminish its benefits even more. The closer the the expiration date they are the less likely that they will have the full potency that you need. In addition, totally stay away from supplements that do not show an expiration date.
Please consult a doctor before taking any vitamins or health related supplements. This is especially important if you have any type of health problems or are on medications. And remember, before you even consider buying supplements, make sure that your diet is on target first.