What is the cost for staying heathy? Does the price you pay for supplements and super foods equal the nutritional benefit you are obtaining? Are you literally flushing your money you are spending on supplements down the drain? We have tackled these topics in past posts. This post answers the question “are supplements expensive?” by giving you more clues to sort fact from fiction.
The first scenario.
This scenario usually has to do with products only available through multi-level, pyramid, or network marketing. You generally have to be part of a club of some kind, and you usually feel pressure to sign up for auto renewal of your order. Like anything in life, some of the products you find through this channel may be good and some not so good, but the one thing you can count on is that they are expensive. Most of the time, you can find a comparable or superior product at your local health food store for half of the price.
The second scenario.
This scenario happens when you think you are saving money by buying standard or generic brands from your local supermarket, drugstore, or super center. Although some reputable brands are now available in these markets, by and large, these contain highly processed, extremely synthetic ingredients, and are therefore, not well absorbed by your body. The money that you are spending, even though you think you are getting a great bargain for a particular product, is really a waste of money due to the fact that your body isn’t utilizing it very well.
No matter what you pay for your supplements, you want them to be effective; otherwise you are literally flushing money down the drain.
Your best chance of finding the best supplements at the best value usually takes some due diligence. If it is over-hyped – be suspicious: if it is being pushed in your face as a magic pill – be suspicious. If it says it is endorsed by doctors or celebrities, it doesn’t necessarily guarantee quality or efficacy. When the advertising touts numerous studies, clinical trials, and science, make sure to take the time to verify the hype.
Who do you trust?
Many of the best products and companies on the market are found in the smaller “mom and pop” health food stores. In today’s society, you have to work overtime to find a trusted source for supplements, but always remember, even the smaller stores can have an agenda beyond your best interest, despite what they recommend.
So where does that leave you? Right here with us, or in search of people like us (they are out there, they used to be called “health nuts”) who are passionate about knowing as much as possible about the world of supplements of all categories – vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants, herbs, and super foods. This includes knowledge about companies’ standards, proper processing, harvesting, and manufacturing. You want people familiar with classic healing diets, cleanses, and protocols, so when the flashy doctors on TV or your neighbor or co-worker mention these topics, you have someone to go to for real answers. Most of the time the latest and greatest isn’t actually anything “new”, it is usually a nutrient, herb, or superfood, that some culture has been using for optimal health and healing for centuries, and sitting on your local health food store’s shelves for decades.
Are supplements expensive?
In our opinion, supplements are not expensive if you buy quality products that are supporting your health. When you make your health and the prevention of disease a priority, you are bound to save a lot of money in the long run on doctor and hospital bills.
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