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Buying supplements doesn’t have to be a crapshoot

Here’s a list of no-nonsense tips to help you select safe supplements that work.

1. Avoid buying your supplements in mainstream supermarket outlets and pharmacies. Instead, choose whole-food based supplements from companies you trust. They’re higher quality and aren’t jammed full of fillers and synthetic ingredients.

2. Read the labels and keep your eye out for additives. But beware. They typically don’t have to be listed and often aren’t. Call the 800 number on the label and request a full disclosure of ingredients. The National Institute of Health has a website with information about supplements including benefits, safety warnings, and dosages. You can visit the site at: www.medlineplus.com.

3. Your digestive system has to completely dissolve a hard tablet before all the nutrients are available. And that’s a lot of work. Micronized1 supplements are a better choice. Their capsules contain finely powdered particles which pass easily through the mucous membranes of your digestive system and into your bloodstream1 – without losing their potency.

1 Chaumeil, JC. Micronization: A method of improving the bioavailablity of poorly soluble drugs. Exp Clin Pharmacol 1998, 20(3): 211.

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