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How To Find Information On Vitamin Supplements You Can Count On

Aug 17, 2007
Of the nearly fifty million Americans who take vitamin supplements on a regular basis less than ten percent consult a physician or other health care professional for advice on what to take and how much. So, if these people aren't consulting a professional where are they getting this crucial information?

Sadly, many of these people are getting advice from the makers of the vitamins they consume, magazines that cater to the vitamin industry, or from friends who also have no formal training or knowledge of supplements.

If you want to be sure that the information you are getting is correct you need get it from independent third party sources that have nothing to gain from your consumption of vitamin supplements.

One of the best sources available is the USDA, which has a website containing a large variety of nutritional information as well as an illustration of the famous food pyramid. The American Cancer Society maintains a vast database of information also and is especially valuable for checking the validity of some of the health claims made by supplement makers which are sometimes totally false.

The United States Food and Drug Administration is another good source of information on health food supplements. They consider supplements to be food as opposed to classifying them as drugs and they do not evaluate the claims made by the manufacturers. They do keep a list of reports on companies that have been found to be making false claims about the benefits of their products.

The FTC is the big consumer watchdog organization for the United States. Not only do they maintain a huge library of information on vitamin supplements but they also take action against the people who over hype their products to get people to buy them. You can find reports on the companies and individuals who have be found guilty of fraudulent claims as well as those under investigation at the FTC website.

Another great non-biased source in the National Institutes of Health, on their website you can find a wealth of information on vitamin supplements.

As a longtime health nut and bodybuilder for over thirty years I believe that it is vital to take supplements to be sure we are getting the vitamins and minerals our bodies need, but I also believe it to be important to be well informed about the supplements you are considering taking. In many cases some supplements may interact with medications you are taken and can cause dangerous and sometimes deadly side effects. You cannot trust the sellers of the supplements to provide you with the correct information because they will always push the line as far as they can without getting busted by the FTC for false claims.
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Gregg Hall is an author living in Navarre Florida. Find more about this and Shop4BetterHealth.com at http://www.shop4betterhealth.com
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