Talk to Your Health Care Providers

Please make sure you make it a point to talk to your health care providers (including doctors, pharmacists, and dietitians) and let them know which/what dietary supplements you’re taking. This is because you can discuss with them what’s best for your overall health. If anyone it is your health care provider who can help you determine which supplements, if any, might be valued for you. Make sure you do keep a record of the supplements you take in one place, just as you must do for all your medicines. Take down the name of the product, the reason why you use them, the dosage of your intake, how often you take it, and the reason why you use each one.  You can likewise carry the items you use with you when you see your health care provider.  The FDA will provide you with a form called “My Medicine Record” which would be useful to record the dietary supplements and medicines that you consume. Make sure you share this form with your healthcare provider to discuss what is best for your overall health.

The Quality

Dietary supplements are not your everyday products but are way more complex. The FDA has recognized good manufacturing practices (GMPs) for dietary supplements to help be sure of the identity, strength, composition and the purity of the dietary supplements. These GMPs are designed to prevent anything that could go wrong such as the addition of too little or too much of an ingredient, the inclusion of the wrong ingredient, the improper packaging, and labeling of a product and the possibility of contamination. The FDA intermittently inspects facilities that manufacture dietary supplements. Also, many independent organizations offer excellent testing, and the products that pass these tests are allowed to display their seals of approval. The seal of approval provides assurance that the product was rightly manufactured, does not contain harmful levels of contaminant and does contain the ingredients listed on the label.

Quality

Safety

Many supplements contain active ingredients that can have substantial impacts on the body. Continuously be aware of the likelihood of sudden symptoms and side effects, mainly when taking a new product. Supplements are destined to cause reactions or damage when individuals take them rather than recommended drugs or when individuals take many supplements together. A few supplements can increase the danger of bleeding, or if an individual takes them previously or after surgery, they can influence the individual’s reaction to anesthesia. Dietary supplements can likewise connect with certain prescription drugs and can cause problems.

The Label

All products labeled as a dietary supplement have a Supplement Facts panel stuck on it that has information on the number of active ingredients per serving, contents, and other added ingredient. It is suggested by the manufacturer on how much the serving size should be, but you and your health provider can decide a different amount according to your preferences.