Dietary supplements – know what you need

Dietary supplements are very common and tempting to take if you have special needs, or your body is not getting the nourishments it needs to be healthy. But are all supplements healthy?

According to a law passed by government all dietary supplements must be as follows:

Is intended to supplement the diet

Contains one or more dietary ingredients (including vitamins, minerals, herbs or other botanicals, amino acids, and certain other substances) or their constituents

Is intended to be taken by mouth, in forms such as tablet, capsule, powder, softgel, gelcap, or liquid

Is labeled as being a dietary supplement.

There are many supplements that use herbs, but be careful when choosing ‘herbal supplements’, as they are not always organic, or as rich in natural ingredients as they are in chemicals. Be informed about your choice of supplements. Consult a professional to make sure that they are right for you. Make sure they are raw or natural, and that they are suitable for you and you a reusing them correctly. Research has shown that Overuse or Misuse of certain herbs can cause be dangerous.

Dietary Supplement Use

According to the 2007 National Health Interview Survey, which included questions the use of natural products (not including vitamins and minerals), 17.7 percent of adults had used these types of products in the past 12 months.

The most popular of these products used by adults in the past 30 days were fish oil/omega 3/DHA (37.4 percent), glucosamine (19.9 percent), echinacea (19.8 percent), flaxseed oil or pills (15.9 percent), and ginseng (14.1 percent). National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data collected from 2003 to 2006 that covered all types of dietary supplements indicate that 53 percent of adults took at least one dietary supplement, most commonly multivitamin/multimineral supplements (taken by 39 percent of all adults). Women were more likely than men to take dietary supplements.

Now that’s all stats really but what does that mean? Basically it found out that supplements are popular and are used by a good cross section of the population. People take them for a range of needs and there are many different ones out there that are herbal and eco-friendly, but you need to know the difference. Ask your health care provider for more information.

The government has taken many legal actions to ensure those dietary supplements are safe for consumers to use. They regularly monitor those on the market to constantly make sure the products are safe and good for you.

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