Browsing through the web pages or aisles of a health food store can be invigorating. The choices are seemingly endless and each product seems to offer health benefits more impressive than the last. So, how do you shop with confidence and leave with only the best and most worthwhile products? Follow along with the example of shopping for a spirulina supplement to learn how to shop like the nutrition experts shop.
Consider the Source. Where a nutritional supplement comes from matters greatly. Whether you are shopping for food, drink, or supplement, the manufacturer should always reveal the source of the product. In our example of spirulina, a health professional would verify that the spirulina came only from clean, fresh, uncontaminated waters to prevent any pollution or contaminates from tainting the quality of the spirulina.
Quality Counts. Dieticians will tell you to choose organic options whenever possible, especially if it is something like a spirulina supplement that you will be consuming on a regular basis. Pesticides and toxins are absorbed by spirulina and other food sources and then passed along to the people who consume them. To be certain you are not consuming these toxins look for only organic products.
The Fine Print
When reading the labels on a spirulina supplement, look to make sure there are no additives. A quality spirulina supplement will contain only spirulina—no chemicals, no additives, ever. Nutrition professionals know added ingredients are unnecessary and potentially harmful. Quickly abandon any spirulina supplements with such additives as it is a clear indication of a subpar product.
Finally, note that with any product, food or otherwise, you want a company who stands behind its product. Search product labels for a satisfaction guarantee. Ideally, you will never need to use it, but when a company refuses to stand behind their products experts know that company may not be reputable or trustworthy.