>> Thursday, January 16, 2014
Many people take one or more dietary supplements either every day or occasionally. Today's dietary supplements include vitamins, minerals, herbals and botanicals, amino acids, enzymes, and many other products.
Dietary supplements come in a variety of forms: traditional tablets, capsules, and powders, as well as drinks and energy bars. Popular supplements include vitamins D and E, minerals like calcium and iron and fish oils.
If you decided to take a dietary supplements, you must keep in mind these points:
- Don't decide to take dietary supplements to treat a health condition that you have diagnosed yourself, without consulting your doctors, a pharmacist or your dietitian.
- Don't take supplements in place of, or in combination with, prescribed medications without your health care provider's approval.
- Check with your doctor about the supplements you take if you are scheduled to have any type of surgical procedure.
- The term "natural" doesn't always mean safe.
- A supplement's safety depends on many things, such as its chemical makeup, how it works in the body, how it is prepared, and the dose used.
- Before taking a dietary supplement, ask yourself these questions:
What are the potential health benefits of this dietary supplement product?
What are its potential benefits for me?
Does this product have any safety risks?
What is the proper dose to take?
How, when, and for how long should I take it?
- If you don't know the answers to these questions, use the information sources listed in this brochure and talk to your doctor.
- Let your doctor, pharmacist, and dietitian know which dietary supplements you're taking so that you can discuss what's best for your overall health. They can help you determine which supplements, if any, might be valuable for you.