There are several things to consider with supplements of any kind.
1) For basic herbal supplements, are they standardized? If they are they will say so on he label. The standardized seal is not something they can just slap on the label.
2) As with anything, if it sounds too good to be true, it most likely is.
3) Nutritional supplements vary from company to company, and often, from bottle to bottle. Know what you are taking. Know the company. Know about the way the company processes and assures potency and quality.
4) Nutritional supplements don't work in a vacuum. One product will not work the same for everyone. Consider:
A) Are you relying on one "supplement of the week"?
B) What is your diet like? Have you removed excess sodium and sugars, anything artificial, most "natural flavors" (if you knew what they came from...ugh!), preservatives, hydrogenated/high fructose/genetically altered.....the list goes on and on.
C) Are you eating at least the recommended servings of WHOLE fruit and vegetables (a pear rather than pear canned with heavy/light syrup, steamed broccoli, perhaps with almonds, apple chunks and cinnamon rather than frozen broccoli in cheese sauce)?
D) Is your protein filled with hormones and antibiotics? Consider the wonderful world of beans and...I can help you with cooking with dried beans. It is not as difficult as you might think, the recipes are endless...I really can help with that. Fresh, wild salmon. Quinoa...yummy and cute! How many of your grains look cute after cooking? You know quinoa is done when each grain has a little curly tail. Much faster to cook than rice.
E) Are you still eating white or highly processed grains? Do you know where the corn in your food comes from?
F) Are you drinking water that is, at the least, filtered? Don't buy water in plastic bottles! Instead, invest in a faucet-mounted (or under the sink model) filter. If you are serious about getting at least your 8 cups of water a day, a pitcher won't be enough, and the faucet-mounted filter systems are only a bit more expesive.
This really goes on to encompass more, but you get the idea. Once these issues are fixed your body wil respond better to the supplements it NEEDS. There are some who say no supplements are needed as long as you eat a varied diet. However, the nutritional information on our foods is from measurements taken in the 1950s. Since then our soils have been seriously depleted of nutrients.
I take supplements, but I am careful and not crazy about it. I have learned a lot, I am careful, and I continue to research. Not every supplement works the same for everyone. That does not mean it is bad. Have you ever taken a medication that did not work for you, and need to change to something else? I have!
Just a note to everone, men and women: I hope you are taking a good calcium supplement and D. My doctor suggests taking calcium through the day (I take 3 calcium daily--breakfast, lunch, and dinner), then take a D supplement separately (I take D at bedtime). She said research shows a separate D works better than just taking it combined with calcium.
Research---that's another topic!
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