Big Five things to Consider when taking Supplements
Before taking anything we should learn about it.
Here is our Big Five Checklist on what to check for with Dietary Supplements.
- Safety First…Check the label for anything you know you are allergic to. People on blood thinners need to be careful of Vitamin K. Antioxidant supplements, like vitamins C and E, might reduce the effectiveness of some types of cancer chemotherapy. There are other risks and considerations when taking supplements, so we are emphasizing… learn about your supplement by studying the label.
- Choose Quality… Although supplements are not regulated by the FDA before they hit the market, it ‘s doesn’t mean you can’t choose quality brands by checking for one of these identifiers:
- US Pharmacopeia
- NSF International
- Consult with your Physician – It is always a good idea to take anything you are taking to your physician. Your physician will be able to guide you on a need for a particular supplement, frequency, and possibly brand. The best part about this is guidance you will receive on interactions with other drugs you may be taking. Always consider the below before taking any supplements.
- What are the potential health benefits of this dietary supplement product?
- What are its potential benefits for me?
- What is the proper dose to take?
- How, when, and for how long should I take it?
- Stay Informed – Read more about what’s happening! The National Institute of Health Supports the Research of Dietary Supplement. They are a reputable source! Best of all, you can get the facts on just about any supplement available here!
- Trust your Gut – Lastly, you really want to trust how you feel when taking supplements. Notice if you feel more energetic, happier, alert or just the opposite. I’m not suggesting the supplement is the culprit, but you will be able to determine for yourself based on your natural reaction after taking supplements.
Ultimately, I hope you found this list helpful. If so, please share