Vitamin E is good for your skin, right? And if I’m pregnant I need DHA, I think? And what is Ashwagandha? While more than half of Americans take supplements, it is confusing to know what nutrients you need, the benefits they provide, and how to shop for your unique self. We’ve got you covered.
We started Rae because we believe well-being should be accessible for everyone. This means high quality products at an affordable price; but it also means simplifying the experience so you can understand and get the nourishment you want. If you’re looking to enhance your current routine or are shopping for supplements for the first time, read on for some simple ways to demystify the experience.
1. Ask yourself how you want to feel. Think about what you are trying to solve for and how you want to feel. If you are looking to feel more calm or rested, look for solutions that talk about stress, sleep, or mental cognition.
2. Choose supplements, unless you have a specific deficiency or need. Supplements are combinations of vitamins, minerals, herbs, and botanicals. They blend multiple ingredients to create a desired output for you. Look for solution-oriented supplements that speak to your needs, unless you have discussed specific nutritional requirements with your healthcare provider.
3. Read the ingredients. It can be incredibly overwhelming to go through an aisle of dietary supplements. Supplement brands generally talk about what each product does – rebalances hormones, gives you a clear complexion, and supports digestion – but don’t always discuss how each ingredient helps reach that end goal. If there is an ingredient new to you, we suggest you do your homework – focus on the most credible research from Healthline or the National Institute of Health.
4. Read reviews. This many seem obvious, but make sure you read what others are saying about the product– and pay attention to how it may impact you. Does the prenatal help with nausea? Does the sleep product calm the body and mind together? Does the pre+probiotic truly support elimination? How do users with similar needs feel with this new supplement in their body?
5. Visit the brand’s website. If you’re shopping on Amazon or at Target, take a moment to also visit the brand’s website to ensure you know who you are buying from. We look for companies that are transparent about their supply chain, testing processes and where they manufacture. We also opt for brands that undergo third-party testing.
6. Talk to your healthcare provider. Before you start any new supplement routine, make sure to consult with your healthcare professional, especially if you are pregnant or nursing.
Shopping for supplements can seem daunting. That’s why we are here to help. We are here to help you navigate your well-being and feel your best!