How to Buy Only the Best Supplements
Many psoriatics still do not get it and buy a lot of ineffective supplements in hope of cure their psoriasis.
I really can not stand how many people are buying overpriced, low quality and ineffective nutritional and herbal supplements.
This is not an issue of some particular brand or vendor of the supplements. It is more about the approach many customers have when buying the supplements.
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Here is a few tips for you…so do not buy this…and buy rather that…
How to buy the best psoriasis supplements
1. Proprietary blend, matrix or formula
Do not buy supplements which do not state the content of the bottle on the label.
I really do not believe that amount of ingredients used in the supplements is something which should be kept secret to customer. The producers of supplements should compete with quality of the raw material and price and not fooling the customer with intentionally misleading labels.
For example imagine some amino acids supplement (shake) without the disclosed amount of each amino acid. What is the purpose of that?
The first thing that come up to my mind is that most of that amino acid shake supplement consist of something like glucose, maltodextrin, taurine,… all very cheap ingredients which can be used to add bulk to the product without affecting the costs too much.
2. Buy herbal supplements as dried herbs, not in the capsules
If you can then buy dried herbs in bulk which are usually cheaper and more fresh than those in the capsules. However, if there are some herbs you can not get from nowhere else but as the supplement in capsules then you can use those too.
Just keep in mind that herbs should be prepared by boiling in water so consider opening the capsules and make the tea or decoction.
Boiling the herbal or plant material will get you more effect than just taking “raw” encapsulated herb.
3. Kidney cleanse, liver support, hair support, healthy nails…
Please do yourself a favor and if you want to buy some teas or herbal supplements for kidneys, liver, lymph or whatever else then prepare your own herbal mix.
It is much cheaper, you will know the quality of the ingredients you use and you can adjust the ratio of each herb in the mix.
Having the herbal supplement in capsules for some condition may be convenient but if it is not an extract of the herb then you take likely very low amount of the active ingredients and you bought very overpriced supplement, too.
The same goes about the supplements for healthy hair or nails. Just read the labels and learn what ingredients those supplements contain.
In very most cases it is always the same – B-complex, zinc, magnesium, vitamin C, gelatin,… Those are actually like multivitamins just with a different name on the label and usually significantly more expensive.
4. Supplements with low amount of active ingredient
Why would you pay for volume and not for the active ingredient?
Iodine supplements are one of the best examples of this.
Elemental iodine and potassium iodide are relatively cheap chemicals and if you make a Lugol’s solution then you can make easily 30x more money by selling it than was the cost of the ingredients (iodine, potassium iodide, bottle with dropper and water).
Most liquid Iodine supplements are very diluted and the content of whole bottle has just about 50mg-100mg of elemental Iodine.
If you want to take iodine in tablets I would buy Potassium Iodide supplement and take just a 1/4 of tablet per day. One 30mg tablet of Potassium Iodide contains about 23mg of elemental Iodine so if you divide it to 4 parts you will get about 5.7 mg of Iodine in each piece.
5. Buy capsules not tablets
You never know how easily do that tablets dissolve. It is always better to pay more; maybe about a dollar or two and get the supplements in capsules which are substantially easier to dissolve in the stomach and small intestine.
It is a sad fact that many tablets of the products which are on the market really do not dissolve easily and are actually ineffective or much less effective than they should or might be.
6. Powders in bulk are usually much cheaper
If you buy any supplement in bulk as powder you are going to pay less. Another advantage is that powdered supplements are much easier to absorb in the body because there is no tablet filler or gelatin capsule holding together the content.
7. Do your research and look for the best price
Some supplements you can get for the best price from big stores like Amazon.com and some you can buy for the best price in the local shop across the street.
Many popular supplements like amino acids are often very overpriced in big bodybuilding e-shops, health food stores and e-shops. The price depends very often on particular vendor, whether the product is in bulk as powder and how popular it is.
One kg or 2 pounds of coconut oil cost about 1 dollar in Asia where it is manufactured. However, when it reaches western countries the price goes up up to 30x because it is so popular and the customers are willing to pay so much for it.
You can read more about the “Real price of coconut oil “ in my post.
If you have some interesting tips how to buy the supplements or what to avoid, please share them in the comments!