The In­sider’s Guide to Sup­ple­ments

Six fac­tors to con­sider when shop­ping for sup­ple­ments, and the most im­por­tant cer­ti­fi­ca­tions to seek out on prod­uct la­bels

Better Nutrition - - CONTENTS - by Ni­cole Brechka

Feel­ing over­whelmed by all the choices at your fa­vorite health food store? Here are six sim­ple ways to find the best, high­est- qualit y sup­ple­ments to fit your needs and goals.

Kathy and Vic­tor, a Los Angeles- based cou­ple in their 60s, had their share of health is­sues. She’d un­der­gone mul­ti­ple surg­eries to fix a de­fec­tive blad­der mesh, which left her with chronic fa­tigue and uri­nary tract in­fec­tions. And he was deal­ing with type 2 di­a­betes and poor liver health from a hep­ati­tis C in­fec­tion. They took pre­scrip­tion med­i­ca­tions, and while they were both get­ting by in life, they knew they could feel bet­ter. This is what led them to ex­plore nat­u­ral heal­ing op­tions, par­tic­u­larly sup­ple­ments. But they had a lot of ques­tions— more ques­tions than an­swers.

Here’s where Kathy and Vic­tor’s story be­comes re­lat­able to most ev­ery­one who takes sup­ple­ments. Fifty, 40, even 30 years ago, buy­ing sup­ple­ments was less com­pli­cated. Choices were limited and of­ten cen­tered on mul­ti­vi­ta­mins, some herbs and other nu­tri­ents, and sin­gle vi­ta­mins. To­day, the sup­ple­ment mar­ket is buzzing with op­tions. And it’s not just the num­ber of prod­ucts avail­able, but also the in­gre­di­ents used in for­mu­las— and the com­pa­nies mak­ing them— that sep­a­rate good from great sup­ple­ments. Here are some suggestions to help you nav­i­gate the sup­ple­ment aisle and find the best qual­ity prod­ucts to suit your needs.

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