Four important things to consider when purchasing or using vitamins and supplements.
After the February 2015 announcement that the FDA and NY attorney general were investigating the fraudulent and even dangerous supplements at major retailers, many people became concerned about the quality and content of vitamins we purchase. Consumers were left with questions like: Is what I purchase safe? Is it effective? Is it a good use of money?
Here are some tips to help you, as a conscientious vitamin and supplement user, tackle some of these questions.
1) Always consult a professional for supplement and vitamin advice. If you don’t have a naturopathic doctor as part of your health team, consider asking a health food or supplement store employee for advice -- but beware that the education and training of these employees is not as extensive as your naturopathic doctor’s.
2) Learn to scrutinize labels for content and quality:
3) Be wary of supplements which promise outlandish results without effort. Consider the motivation of the source of these promises. Even well educated professionals may offer bad advice to boost television show ratings, or try to make money by selling supplements that don’t perform as advertised to trusting individuals.
4) Interactions exist between supplements and medications. Most common interactions increase your metabolism of the drug, leaving it to be less effective or decrease the metabolism of the drug, allowing it to become more toxic.
— By Meghan Kemnec, ND, resident at Bastyr Center for Natural Health
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