Supplements are made to enhance our lives. They help many individuals obtain the proper nutrients necessary for optimal health and wellbeing.
In fact, over 50% of the American population take daily dietary supplements. And surprisingly, by 2022 the world supplement market is predicted to generate a whopping 220 billion U.S. dollars.
Yet, supplements face a lot of skepticism and doubt.
Reliable and trusted sources tell us they’re good for you and that they work. Equally reliable and trusted sources tell us that they don’t work. So, who’s right? And do you actually know what goes into the supplements you take?
The effectiveness of any supplement essentially comes down to 2 things:
the Quality and the Formula. Let’s take a closer look.
Quality Determines Results
Do you know where the ingredients in the supplements you take are coming from? Not all ingredients are created equal. If you put premium gas in a car, it performs better. The same concept applies to supplements (and the food you eat).
Unfortunately, many supplements are made with synthetic ingredients. In other words, they are chemically and artificially processed. These ingredients are anything but premium quality. Our bodies don’t process them the same as they process natural ingredients.
The best and most effective supplements come from more natural resources, such as plants. However, it’s always a good idea to do a thorough read over of the label before assuming it is, in fact, natural. Further, diving in and doing your own research can help you gather an idea as to where your supplements are actually coming from. For example, did you know that some fish oils are made from leftover over fish guts after processing that may contain mercury and PCB (polychlorinated biphenyls, which are industrial chemicals) contamination? This screams lower quality and may not exactly appeal to most consumers.
A major problem with the market today is a lack of regulation. Products that claim to be made with ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ ingredients sneak by containing many synthetic ingredients — meaning they aren’t as they claim to be.
While a product may claim to have a higher amount of a certain vitamin, more doesn’t necessarily mean better — which is where quality comes in. If fillers, mixers, and other ingredients are present in the product, it may significantly decrease the bioavailability. This means your body isn’t absorbing all of the vitamins that the product claims to contain. In contrast, higher-quality supplements don’t contain these fillers or mixers that get in the way of absorption — meaning your body takes up more of that vitamin.