Shopping for the right product may sound easy, but in many cases, people tend to pick the one that they think looks right to them. Without a careful evaluation of your purchasing habits, you run the risk of not only wasting money over things that do not serve your purpose but also keeping your health jeopardized.

Take the case of food supplements. It is unthinkable to be buying the wrong pills that most people take on a daily basis. Instead of helping you achieve optimum health, you may end up not improving in any way or worse, experiencing the exact opposite of the health results it guaranteed.

Smart supplement shopping requires every customer to keep a close eye on the product they are buying. Here are some practices you should start to embrace before deciding on a product:

1. Watch out for “false claims.”

Convincing words and made-up testimonials are very common traps that successfully draw the market, with weight loss pills leading the pack. Instantly shedding as much as 20 lbs. in 7 days sounds quite fascinating and too good to be true. In this case, you have to trust your instinct to conclude that it really is. Whenever such products are advertised, always ask yourself if their claims are reasonable enough. An impressive choice of words will lure you to give it a try, but always make it a habit resist the temptation and do your research first.

2. Natural is not always safe.

Herbal supplements hide behind the claim of being “completely safe” with “zero side effects.” While there may be some truth to this in some cases (but not entirely), it's not what it is for most products. Look at the ingredients, find reliable feedback and ask your doctor if you intend to take the pill, particularly if you are suffering from a health condition. It is a health decision, after all, and you do not want to be unsure.

3. Look for respected organizations and government or health approvals.

The best-selling vitamin supplement may sound like the best choice for you, and you are tempted to jump in the bandwagon. Stay put for a while and read the label. Better yet, check out official websites of government and non-government entities that provide product verification. Authentic approvals are what you're looking for. Also, check out official lists of non-approved products that are currently on the market, so you'll know which ones to avoid.