This post is sponsored by RenueRX.
In the ever-evolving world of health and wellness, “supplement” is a buzzword we hear tossed around quite often. You’ve probably heard talk of miracle supplements, or maybe you’ve just noticed that there seems to be an endless range of single-use supplements on the market.
Whether you’re well-versed in wellness practices, or you’re just getting started, it’s important to know all the facts about supplements before you consider incorporating them into your daily routine.
Before you decide to dive into this up-and-coming health trend, brush up on your supplement knowledge with some of the frequently asked questions that the RenueRX Team answers every day.
What Are Dietary Supplements?
The umbrella term “dietary supplement” encompasses a variety of products that consumers may eat or drink to support good health and supplement their dietary needs. Dietary supplements are not meant to be used as medications, nor should they be used as food replacements. These supplements come in pill, capsule, tablet, or liquid form and can be made up of one or more of the following:
- Herbs or other botanicals
- Concentrates, metabolites, constituents, or extracts
- Amino acids (the individual building blocks of a protein)
What Do I Need to Know Before Shopping for Supplements?
With shelves of products available at pharmacies, health food shops, and even grocery stores, it may be tempting to grab a bottle off the shelf, glance through the benefits and test out the product.
Another key fact about supplements is that they are not medications and therefore not monitored as such by the FDA.
These products are regulated as foods, so they should be used as supplements, not medical treatment or cure-all miracle pills. Since they aren’t regulated as medicines, the claims on the labels of these supplements don’t have to be supported by certified research studies.
If you search for supplements without professional guidance, it can be easy to fall for the ‘guarantee’ that a product will change your life, when it actually has little to no effect on your health.
How Can I Incorporate Supplements into My Daily Life?
The best way to get started with supplements is to set up a consultation appointment with your doctor or an experienced compounding pharmacist to find out which supplements will work the best with your body and dietary restrictions.
We recommend sticking with a single, trustworthy supplier such as your pharmacist to ensure that you’re always taking safe, high-quality supplements. When you start a new supplement routine, be sure to check in with your pharmacist regularly to see how the products affect your body, and never hesitate to ask questions!