Choosing the Right Supplements for Women

There are so many different supplements on the market, it can be really difficult to know which to choose and whether they are the best ones for women to take. There are some which are a selection of nutrients put together for women but many of them are quite general, to treat certain problems is just single nutrients. It can be really confusing.

If you read magazines and newspapers, one week they will be saying that a certain things is good for you and then they will change their mind the next week and recommend something else. It can be very annoying and confusing. This is why some women take lots of different things and some take nothing at all.  

How to choose the right supplements for women

Before you start taking anything at all, it is important to make sure that you understand what it is, what the claims are and whether these have been clinically proven. You then need to go to your GP and ask them whether what you want to take is safe and recommended by them. You need to understand that supplements are tested to the same standards as medicines and so you need to be far more cautious when you are taking them. If you have a medical condition or are taking medication or any supplements then you need to be aware that taking something else could have a negative effect on you. Some supplements increase or prevent the way that certain medications work or they can have an effect on blood pressure or other systems of the body. It is therefore extremely important not to self diagnose or even just take the advice of someone in a shop selling them. You need to talk to your GP as they have your medical history and will be able to advise you in light of that.

Most GP’s will tell you that with a healthy balanced diet, then there should be no need for you to take supplements. There are some exceptions to this such as when you are pregnant. Doctors will then prescribe folic acid as this has been proven to protect the embryo from certain birth defects. They may also recommend iron tablets, depending on your iron levels and whether you are due to having more than one baby or a C-section as these have a higher amount of blood loss.

It can be tempting to just rush in and buy all sorts of supplements because of the health claims that they make. There has not been much testing done on these, with regards to the claims that they make and there is no regulation in this industry. It is worth treating them in the same way that you would with food and be sure that they are safe before taking them. Do not just believe one magazine article or a claim made on some packaging but look at the research carried out to back up that claim. Make sure that it really does work in the way that it says it does. If you are confident that take it for a small amount of time and see whether you notice a difference and more importantly whether your GP or family notice any difference. You could just be wasting your money.

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