Chances are, at a certain point on your life, you have taken supplements. Often, a consumer will buy supplements based on store recommendations or popularity. And your not always aware of what ingredients are contained in them, where they were manufactured, and whether they are even effective for the purpose they are being taken for. Below is a quick look at what you should know about purchasing supplements. Sydney has a vast range of stores and Australia wide online stores with many choices available. .

One thing to note is that supplements are not regulated the same way as other medicine. Before they are sold, they do not get the same level of testing given to prescription drugs. There is a two-tiered system in Australia for medicine regulations, and it is overseen with the use of a risk-based approach by TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration). Medicines considered by the TGA as low-risk get less checking when compared to higher risk products such as prescription medicines. This means that even if a supplement has been regulated by the TGA, the consumer can never be 100% sure that it will work.

The good news is that there is a way that consumers can find out if the supplement is backed by the TGA. However, the consumer has to look out for a code on the product number written AUST or AUST R. the code means that the supplement has been registered with the TGA and has complied with their standards.

Another thing to know is that supplements have interactions with medications and also some side effects. Certain people are at a bigger risk of such side effects. The most at risk are children, breastfeeding and pregnant women, patients who are about to have surgery or are recovering from it, and those that are under other medication. Others include people undergoing treatment for cancer and those whose immune systems have been compromised. This highlights the importance of consulting a doctor before taking supplements. In addition, some supplements can either minimize the effectiveness of chemotherapy drugs or increase their toxicity.

Supplements cannot cure any major disease such as cancer. There is little evidence or any at all that they are capable of curing, preventing or fighting cancer. Any supplement that claims eliminate cancer should be viewed suspiciously. No vitamins, herbal medicines or minerals have been put through a rigorous trial and the demonstrated that they are capable of curing cancer. There are also some supplements that claim they are capable of preventing cancer. Beta-carotene supplements as well as antioxidant supplements are often consumed because consumers think they can prevent chronic diseases such as cancer.

The above truths about supplements underline the importance of verifying claims. It is up to the consumer to research and find out if the claims put up by the supplement’s manufacturer have been backed up by clinical trials. Should this not be the case, chances are that the supplement will be effective as it claims. Also, it could be that the side effects likely to occur when taking are not understood. Products sold at are sold by either specialists in sports supplements or qualified naturopaths.