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How Do I Choose the Best Dietary Supplements?

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  • Written By: Felicia Dye
  • Edited By: Heather Bailey
  • Last Modified Date: 04 April 2014
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The term “dietary supplement” can be used to refer to a wide range of items including amino acids, minerals, and herbs. These items can have a wide range of benefits, such as helping to improve appearance, mood stability, and chronic illnesses. To increase your chances of experiencing such benefits, you should try to get the best dietary supplements possible. You can do this by heeding your doctor’s advice, having realistic expectations of dietary supplements, and buying such products from a reputable supplier.

Your doctor’s advice should be one of the key factors when you are trying to choose the best dietary supplements. Many people falsely believe that dietary supplements are harmless and underestimate the effects these products can have. Dietary supplements can produce adverse effects when they are mixed with certain prescription medication and they can aggravate or initiate certain health conditions.

You should be informed about the dietary supplements you need before you attempt to purchase any. It is not wise to rely solely on sales staff or marketing to tell you what you need to know. Get information from credible sources about which dietary supplements are best in the circumstances for which you will be using them.

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The fact that such items are supplements serves as reminder of their purpose. These products are designed to complement your diet to help you achieve or maintain optimal health. The Office of Dietary Supplements warns that “dietary supplements are not intended to treat, diagnose, mitigate, prevent, or cure disease.” This means you should avoid products marketed with outlandish claims to do any of these things.

Heed the advice provided by Iowa State University, which advises consumers to read carefully and think critically about the claims on the packages. The reason why this is so important is because the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cannot regulate claims printed on the labels of dietary supplements. This means labels may make claims that are false or drastically overstated. This could lead you to think that you are getting the best dietary supplements for a condition despite the fact the success of the treatment has never been tested or proven.

You are more likely to get the best dietary supplements if you buy them from a reputable dealer. Shop with the same standards you have when shopping for other consumable products. Just as it is inadvisable to purchase food or medication that has expired, it is also inadvisable to purchase dietary supplements that have expired. Avoid packages that looked battered or those with missing or damaged seals. Any reputable supplier should be aware of the importance of presentation and proper packaging, when selling such items.

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