When it comes to choosing dietary supplements, the choices can be a little overwhelming. If you go into a store like Walmart, there are usually entire aisles dedicated just to supplements, and it is estimated that there are more than 29,000 different options available to consumers (with that number growing every year).
The question is, how do you pick the best supplement option for you and your family? Some people may see a quirky commercial and gravitate toward that product, but that’s probably not the best option in terms of quality and efficacy. So what should you look for?
In order to choose the most effective vitamin, mineral, and nutrient supplements, you need to take several factors into account, specifically the following.
- Bioavailability – This should be your first consideration when choosing what supplement to take. Bioavailability is how well your body absorbs and uses a supplement. Why take any product if your body is just going to pass it through as waste? You’re literally throwing your money away in that case.
- Backed By Research – Recent studies have shown that nearly three in four Americans “are concerned that the advertised or promised benefits of vitamins and supplements are not backed by trustworthy research.” Any legitimate supplement company should be able to provide independent research that backs up its claims.