How to choose supplements
Whether you’re looking to improve your mood, get better quality sleep or just unwind more easily, supplements are an obvious answer.
To help you make an informed choice, follow our useful checklist!
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Whether you’re looking to improve your mood, get better quality sleep or just unwind more easily, supplements are an obvious answer. Thanks to the endless choice on offer though, it can be impossible to know where to start. To help you make an informed choice about what’s right for you, we’ve compiled a checklist below. Follow this and let your journey to improved wellbeing begin…
Identify the need
There are many reasons why you might want or need to take a supplement – after all modern-day living can make it impossible to get all the vitamins and minerals we need daily – but it still goes without saying that you need to do your due diligence before you embark on any kind of supplement journey. Identify your own personal need, which is likely to be relevant to your own life stage and situation, do your homework and speak to a healthcare professional to make sure there are no risks, especially if you already have an underlying health condition.
Look at the source
Supplements that make bold health claims such as rapid weight loss are best avoided. As with most things, if it seems too good to be true, then it probably is. Once you’ve checked the front of the packaging for claims, turn it over and check the back for ingredients. If there are lots of chemical names you don’t recognise, then chances are it’s of a low quality and won’t end up benefitting you in the long run. That’s because low quality supplements are often full of additives and fillers, ingredients that will actually prevent your body from absorbing the active ingredients present. To tell if a supplement is of a good standard, it’s a good idea to look for recognisable food sources, which will always be beneficial and readily absorbed by the body.
Choose the optimum dose
Getting the optimum dosage when it comes to supplements is crucial as there’s a fine line between getting enough and getting too much, and that varies from ingredient to ingredient. Always check on the label for the NRV (nutrient reference value) before taking anything and if you’re concerned, seek advice from your GP, especially if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding. While taking too much of most supplements won’t cause serious problems, some can have potentially harmful side effects such as vomiting and diarrhoea.
Look at the form
It goes without saying, but not all products are created equal. To get the best results from any supplement, check on its bioavailability, which will affect how readily the body recognises it as a source of good; bioactive ingredients include vitamins, minerals, polyphenols and co-enzyme Q10, amongst many others. Another such example are B vitamins, it’s important to use supplements with the methylated form of B vitamins which are already in their active state and more bioavailable. A supplement with plenty of bioactive compounds will have a higher absorption system which allows for their full nutritional benefit to reach you as needed. Those with subpar bioactivity will, on the other hand, offer little in the way of goodness and are likely to pass straight through without any benefit at all.
Figure out what works for you
Supplements come in many different variants including powder, pill, liquid and tablet but deciding what you want to take is an entirely personal choice. As with any kind of lifestyle addition, the most important thing is to take it regularly to see best results, and if you know you’re more likely to add a tablet into your daily breakfast routine, then that’s the best option for you.
The great news is that all NobleBlu supplements are ones you can trust. Our clean formulations are led by science and expertly formulated with:
- Optimised dosages for better absorption by the body
- No artificial fillers
- Naturally sourced and bio-active form ingredients
- Palm oil free