FDA Tips on Using Dietary Supplements

Before choosing a dietary supplement, there are some important facts to consider. With all the different supplements on the market, it's important to do your research before deciding if the supplement is right for you. The FDA has some things to consider before reaching for that supplement.

Consider if you actually need to take a supplement. 
Most nutrients and vitamins can be obtained by eating a healthy diet. Supplements are not a substitute for eating a variety of healthy foods; they can just help deliver a nutrient you are lacking.

Getting too much of some vitamins can be harmful.
It may be a good idea to speak with a health care professional before starting a supplement. Some medicines can harmful react with certain supplements, so be aware of any possible interactions.

The FDA does not regulate dietary supplements. 
Manufacturers are responsible for making sure the product is safe before placing it on the market. Search reputable websites for information on supplements and remind yourself: If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. 

· Tips for Dietary Supplement Users  [U.S. Food and Drug Administration]

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