Diet Supplements – Right or Wrong

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Things like vitamins, minerals, other nutrient supplements, herbs or other products produced from plants, animal parts, algae and fungi, sea food, nuts etc constitute the general dietary supplements intake and include enzymes, amino acids, and liquid supplements. The FDA requires that these dietary supplements be prepared under safe, sterile conditions with good manufacturing practices and accurate labeling. But not all supplements meet the requirements and often contain none of the substances listed in their labels and made of fillers, drugs or different that could be harmful for human life.

Therefore, if you are thinking about using a dietary supplement, it would be better to know more about them before you draw a conclusion. Here is information that might help you learn more about the goodness or lack of dietary supplements to help you make an informed decision when you have to use them.

Whatever the type of supplements you are willing to take the safest approach would be to talk and get your doctor’s consent before deciding on the type and amount of supplement that you wish to try.

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In general, pregnant women and children are advised not to take dietary supplements unless and otherwise directed by their doctor to do so. Because, like drugs, dietary supplements also have side effects and associated risks. Many dietary supplements have active ingredients that could result in strong biological effects on the body. Some dietary supplements could cause side effects during or after surgeries. With the kind of wrong information out there, even the best informed can sometimes be indecisive about the reliability of the information and safeness and potential risks of a particular product.

While dietary supplements are intended to supplement certain people’s diets, it should not be used to replace natural foods in a way that affects the balance of different foods that is required to maintain a healthy diet.

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Also, it is important to remember that while some nutrients in the form of dietary supplements can be good, too much of the same would be harmful to the health. Taking a dietary supplement in combination with other supplements or prescribed medications can sometimes be adverse on the health under some circumstances. Therefore, it is important to be aware of advisories about these supplements that describe whether they should be taken alone or in combination. For instance, vitamin E, aspirin and certain other drugs act in thinning the blood and when these are taken in combination with each other, the person could experience internal bleeding.

Dietary supplements generally get treated more as special foods and aren’t considered drugs mostly. The FDA mandates that all prescription and non-prescription drugs in the US are regulated by their rules. But the dietary supplements are not put through the same safety regulations. Nevertheless, every new dietary supplement introduced is required to be in accordance with FDA’s CGMPS (current good manufacturing practices).

Beware

  • Just because it is described as ‘Natural’ doesn’t mean its safe
  • Do not believe the ‘cure-all’, ‘totally safe’, ‘no side-effects’ claims
  • Be aware of health fraud scams and stay away from fraudulent dietary supplements

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