Many people do not like the idea of eating foods that naturally exist. If possible, natural foods should be eaten because they contain essential non-caloric nutrients. Anything that is consumed apart from the usual meal is a dietary supplement. Vitamin and mineral supplements are highly recommended because most of the diets today are artificial. Dietary supplements are popularly especially recreational and professional fitness practitioners who engage in weight training and bodybuilding. Unfortunately, dietary supplements do not receive a high level of regulation and surveillance that is often applied to other medical pharmaceuticals. The public often tend to believe these types of supplements are effective and safe because of being widely available. However, this is not always true.
If you are considering the option of taking dietary supplements, you need to be cautious. Avoid diving into any supplement. Athletes who are subject to the whole idea of drug testing need to be particularly cautious. They need to be aware of the possibilities of supplements being adulterated using banned substances. The following things need to be considered before administrating any supplement:
· Does it work? By reading through the product reviews you will be able to determine whether the supplement offers the benefits claimed. If a product claims to work effectively in weight loss, professional and customer reviews will be in a position to confirm whether these claims are true or not true.
· Is it safe? The supplement should be taken in the recommended dose, over the duration they are recommended with the recipient not suffering adverse effects. Some supplements such as the low dose vitamins, multivitamins and minerals have reliably well established safety aspects. Furthermore, the efficiency is well established for some of the recommended uses. However, for more exotic, biological and herbal products, the efficiency and safety is not well established. The manufacturer's manufacturing quality control has also not been determined.
· Are you confident enough that the supplement is not adulterated? You need to be confident enough that the supplement you choose to buy is not adulterated or contaminated significantly or accidently with illicit or hazardous substances. Furthermore, the claimed quantity of constituents on the label should be at that concentration.
· Does the dose shown on the label have been proven to be effective in clinical trials? The prescribed dose on the label should be of effective quantity. Find out whether the manufacturer is trying to sell a supplement at an ineffective dosage to provide a cheaper supplement.