Everything you do will always have a good and bad effect on you, so make sure you are up for the effects of anything that you get yourself tangled with. And since you are into getting a new lifestyle for a better you, it is not a far idea that you will eventually venture to the many types of nutritional supplements in the market. All of these supplements, branded or not, have pros and cons; you just have to list them all up, tally, and make the decision of which is the better pick.
There are different types of nutritional supplements you can choose from. All of these have their target nutritional values, so you need to identify which part of your body you want to improve on and why you wanted so. If you are an athlete, you might need resistance-improving supplements, and if you are a body builder, you definitely want a supplement that will help you gain bulk a lot faster than the typical way. There are even nutritional supplements that promise you faster weight loss or body size reduction. All of these may be true, but it wouldn’t hurt if you check out the authorities on this matter for verification of which really helps and which does not.
First of all, you can check out your government’s agency, the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) and National Institute of Health (NIH) with website http://dietary-supplements.info.nih.gov. The site now has more than 419,000 research journal entries on about any supplements you can think. Next is the Food and Nutrition Information Council (FNIC) with online address http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/. It is the National Agricultural Library’s information center, and it has a page dedicated to nutritional supplements.
You can also visit the National Library of Medicine (NLM) online using its address http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/. Here, a load of information regarding vitamins and minerals, different brands of supplements—precautions when supplementing and proper dosages, dietary sources, drug-nutrient interactions, and potential complications and side effects. Finally, you can also check different self-funded company site that are designed to promote awareness on the pros and cons of ingesting supplements and ergogenic aids.
With all these useful information sites you can go to in a click of your mouse, don’t just jumpstart your supplementation without checking on them. Doing this will surely bring you benefits, and may even save you from a life-changing occurrences brought about a bad supplement.
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