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How Safe Are Your Supplements?

Nov 25, 2007
Nutritional supplements seem to be all the rage these days. From regular vitamin supplements, body building muscle enhancers, immune boosters to herbal essences that aim to enrich one's beauty, these supplements have obviously jumped on the band wagon during the past few years and have steadily and gradually made its way into almost everyone's household.

There are a lot of brands and varieties to choose from in the market today. The fact that these nutritional supplements are considered as food and not drugs by the Food and Drug Regulation Board is a cause of concern. As these supplements do not go through strict regulations and have not even undergone government tests to prove whether they are safe or effective, the burden of safety is ultimately with the consumer.

So how do we know if the pills or tablets that claim to enhance our fitness and wellbeing are really as safe and healthy as they assert to be? Here are a few information and tips that could guide us in making the right decisions.

It is quite predictable that when we are considering whether to take a particular supplement or not, we ask our family and friends on what they think. But then again, the information that we get are not always reliable. What we get is feedback based on personal experiences with the products which may or may not compliment our own needs and our body systems or perhaps we get nothing because they have never heard of the product to begin with.

Either way, it is best that we also get information based on scientific findings and facts. One way is to ask your doctor or health care provider. Medical professionals because of their occupation know what is good and bad for their patient's health. They may be the best persons to ask for advice. Dieticians, nutritionists and pharmacists are good resource persons as well.

Nutritional supplements which are also known as complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) may be featured on publications, databases and clearinghouses of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) and other federal agencies. These publications are usually free and can be easily accessed. The World Wide Web will also prove to be a good source of information.

It is important to keep in mind a few things while doing your research. In discussing your concerns with your health care provider, it is imperative that you give them as much information about your health as you can. Comprehensive and detailed information will help them analyze and assess your health requirements. This will further lead them into drawing a good plan and health scheme for your needs. In turn, this can determine whether a specific nutritional supplement is good or bad for you.

When you have settled on a supplement after taking into due consideration your hard-earned research, it is crucial that you take the prescription as advised. Strictly follow the dosage printed on the label or on the instructions given by your health care provider. If you should get unpleasant side effects from taking the product, then stop. Contact your health care provider or better yet report the supplement to the Food and Drug Regulation Board for proper sanctions.
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