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Having a good immune system is vital to enabling good health, and people are increasingly taking responsibility and control of their diets with food that is not only delicious, but nutritious.They are also seeking quality supplements that add essential nutrients to their diet, and meal replacement products that support their on-the-go healthy and active lifestyle. With so many products on the market, there is often confusing information on the safety and efficacy of products. How should consumers decide between product claims, and news that can sometimes contradict them? Or in some cases, medical claims that are erroneous or have been disputed by research. Below are some tips to help you be your best health advocate.

Reputation Matters

The market is filled with new nutrition products with exciting claims that promise compelling results. Before adding a new product to your diet, take the time to research the company you are purchasing from. How long has the company been in business? Does it have a reputable group of advisors, such as a science-backed advisory board? Do they manufacture the product and themselves and meet Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) or are they just a middleman? Do they stand behind their products with a guarantee? While trying new products is great, it is better to trustproducts from a company with a long history of results and commitment to quality standards.

Sift through the Noise

Invest in Health

Protein shakes, snacks and other nutritional supplements and drinks provide consumers with varied and tasty options to garner essential vitamins and minerals in convenient formats. When selecting from the vast array of product options, take time to explore the company’s level of testing they do with their ingredients, the third-party verifications (such as NSF and ISO) they garner and their manufacturing transparency and commitment to excellence. Sourcing is critical in assuring that your supplements, vitamins and other nutritional products are created with the utmost of care.

The aisles of retailers and e-tailers are filled with products that are designed to help us lead a healthy life with nutrition and supplements that make it easy to consume whether at home or on-the-go. With so many options come the opportunity for much confusion. Take the time to do your homework. Read the company’s website and learn how the company sources its products. Look to see if a company has a reputable advisory board and finally, know that even scientific studies can be biased. Be your own health advocate and live your best life armed with credible information.

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