You wouldn't expect to have to worry that the supplements placed in stores across America could have the potential to harm us. In fact, most of us would never expect a supplement to have any negative effect on us. Sometimes the supplements and "aids" we take don't seem to help much, but we'd never expect them to be downright harmful to our health.
However, the sad truth is that there have been instances where the vitamins and other supplements proved to be harmful in some way or other.
That's the bad news. The good news is that after reading this post, you won't have to worry so much about ending up with a digestive aid that harms you as you'll know what to look for.
Always check the ingredients label to make sure you know what you're taking. Be wary of products with really long ingredient lists or that contain words so big you don't know which end to start pronouncing from. A good rule of thumb that most people follow is if you can't read the ingredient, be wary of it. You can always research ingredients to learn of their safety-ness and effectiveness at helping your digestive system.
Probiotics often don't contain a lot of harmful additives, but it's still important to look at the label and be sure.
2. Is it Really Natural?
It all boils down to quality. You have quality supplements that are made with safe and effective ingredients, and you have those who's quality is questionable. Perhaps the label doesn't boast "all natural" or even worse, perhaps it does, but upon looking closer, you find that the it isn't as "all natural" as you thought. Or it is, but still contains ingredients you aren't sure are safe.
Opting for a "100% natural" claim is best, in my opinion.
The supplement industry isn't really regulated and some manufacturers take advantage of that fact. Since the product only has to contain so much natural ingredients, manufacturers can get away with including non-natural ingredients as well. Your best bet here is to check the label and if in doubt, contact the manufacturer. Most of the time, a reputable manufacturer/company will gladly get back to you and assist you with your concerns/questions. If I ever don't get a response, I will not use the product.
When it comes to my digestive system woes, I never skimp on quality supplements and other products. It absolutely must be useful in improving my digestive system and also safe and without harmful ingredients. Those are my first three concerns any time I use or purchase a supplement. If the product passes those three concerns, I typically find that it tends to pass many others as well.
3. Are the "Active Ingredients" Known for Improving Your Problem?
You'd be surprised, but there actually are digestive aids out there that contain ingredients that aren't touted as being very effective when compared to others on the market. You must watch out for filler products that contain very little of the active ingredients too.
When it comes to a digestive soothing and rejuvenating type of supplement, I always go for a natural, herbal remedy supplement. In this case, there are a lot of natural, herbal plants out there that are extremely effective for digestive system issues.
I typically look for a blend of herbs that soothe such as Valerian root, lemon balm,etc. As a side note, I also like to use mint to help relieve painful cramps and spasms. I keep a mint plant right on the porch and chew a few leaves when the problems hit.
I also love aloe vera for digestive problems and if a digestive aid also contains aloe, then that's icing on the cake. I have used aloe in treating debilitating IBS and it never fails me when an episode strikes.
If I'm buying a probiotic to help the "good" bacteria flourish and stop the bad, I typically look for products that contain a lot of bacteria strains (2,000 BU is how much one supplement I use contains.)
I've found that a lot of the store bought drinks and yogurts that are praised for being probiotics don't contain a whole lot of the healthy bacteria anyways.
In the end, it all boils down to quality. Always remember to look for labels with quality assurance and "quality guaranteed." Also try to opt for those that boast the Certified Organic stamp and even the Manufactured in a Safe Facility stamp.
There are good, quality digestive aids that allow you the safety and comfort of knowing that they've done the research and consciously chose to use only safe and effective and high-quality ingredients without adding artificial crap. For example, while I don't endorse any product, I do feel comfortable personally, with brands such as Cambridge Laboratories as they promise that their digestive aid is a natural remedy product.
Always put your health first and try to opt for brands that use ingredients you know and ingredients that have some kind of backing as far as their efficacy goes. You don't want to swallow a water pill every day and keep hoping your digestive system will become healthy.
Avoid as many negatives as possible when it comes to using a supplement product by choosing those that can boast the kind of qualities discussed above, and avoid anything that doesn't contain "active ingredients" that are known for being used in treating/improving the problem you're looking to improve.