Supplements That Are Safe and Proven For My Household
For a normal individual with no medical background we often view all drugs as being in a capsule or in a bottle displayed in a pharmacy. But in reality there are many categories for the drugs and merchandises shown in their counters. However, for a regular mom like me, how will I be able to differentiate a supplement and a medicinal drug (or simply a drug)?
The main difference between a food supplement and a medicine or a therapeutic drug is its ability to produce its claim. For example, simple paracetamol syrup claims to decrease body temperature and they have solid evidence (scientific studies, researches) to back this up, so they are given an Rx symbol in their labels. For supplements, we often find the words "No approved therapeutic claims" in their boxes or labels. This is because the approving body didn't request tremendous amount of proof to support their declarations. If this is the case, how can our family be assured to experience all the benefits written on the products leaflets or promotional materials of every supplement? More importantly will it be safe to use? Will it have any side-effects?
Effectiveness of the Product
First of all it is important to conduct your own personal research over the internet or even through published materials on the efficacy of the supplement. From a pharmacist point of view, the availability of overwhelming scientific studies that show the effectiveness of the product may certainly increase one's confidence in taking it especially if they are recent. A study made only a few months back proving that a drug could produce its claims surely outweighs dozens made decades ago. Try to read the studies and make an effort to understand as much as you can, if there will be statement that seemed confusing you can ask your friendly physician to explain what is unclear in the research.
Aside from its effectiveness, we need to also address the side-effects. To be assured of the product's safety, it is best to choose an organic product rather than a chemical or synthetically manufactured supplement. An organic supplement without a doubt will have minimal side-effects since it contains natural ingredients that go along well with our body. Example is the widely popular, simple way of losing weight -drinking a green coffee bean extract. If a person will be given a chance to choose between a green coffee bean extract to decrease his body weight as compared to a synthetically manufactured supplement like orlistat (generic name), it is safer to choose the former than the latter. An individual with no medical background will logically opt for the organic supplement which is actually a safer choice.
Lastly medicinal drugs as compared to supplements are more expensive. The reason for this is because of the different laboratory process and added ingredients that are placed to make sure that the product will last longer in its stable state. When we compare it with natural supplements, they only need less manufacturing steps and extra components thus a providing us with a reduced price.