Everyone wants to live a healthy life. For many, that includes eating right, getting enough sleep, and exercising. A lot of people go a step further by taking a good supplement in hopes of tipping the health scale in their favor. Seems like a good bet, but only if you’re taking a supplement that truly offers nutritional benefits. Unfortunately, there are a lot of supplements out there that have extras you don’t need or want. Do you really know what’s in your supplements? Maybe it’s time to take a closer look.
Understanding what are in supplements
Although “fillers” have a bad connotation to them, a functional supplement needs fillers, which are actually excipients. Often the active component of a vitamin or supplement cannot be made into a tablet or capsule form without a stabilizing agent to help keep it active. Excipients are an inactive substance that serves as the vehicle or medium for a drug or other active substance. There are several categories of excipients:
- Fillers – fillers are used as bulking agents so that the size of a capsule or tablet is filled to the correct proportions.
- Binders – binders are used to hold the ingredients in a supplement together.
- Flow agents – flow agents are ingredients which are added to help make the manufacturing process more efficient. They help tablets and capsules flow through processing steps with minimal resistance.
- Acidulates – Acidulants are used to prevent unwanted bacteria from forming.
- Disintegrates – Disintegrates allow for rapid breakdown of capsules or tablets in your digestive tract.
Other items used in supplements include artificial coloring and coatings. Artificial coloring is simply cosmetic and adds no value to supplements. Coatings make supplements easier to swallow and many supplements use them.
While none of the above are bad for supplements, there are other unnecessary fillers that add little to the quality of a supplement. The less unnecessary fillers in your supplement, the higher quality product you’re getting.
How to ensure you’re getting the highest quality supplement for your money
One of the best ways to ensure you’re getting what you pay for is to read the label. If you’re looking to purchase a supplement online, shop reputable supplement sites that list all of their ingredients. If you can’t determine what’s in the product, don’t let claims mislead you; only buy quality supplements! Here are a few items to look for in a quality supplement:
- Whole food supplement
- Contains no dairy, egg, yeast, soy, corn, processed sugar, or starch
- Contains no preservatives, artificial colors, fragrances or flavoring
- Gluten, vegan, and vegetarian friendly
Why go through the trouble of checking out supplements in such detail you ask? FDA regulations for dietary supplements are different from those for prescription or over-the-counter drugs. Dietary supplements do not require premarket review or approval by the FDA. Someone needs to do the due diligence, and that someone is you.
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