Before you decide to take a dietary supplement, it is worth asking yourself the following five questions:
Do I need this supplement?
Do I know that this supplement is safe?
It is estimated that one in seven Brits have bought medicine online. But how do you know that the supplement or vitamin that you are buying is safe? Make sure you purchase brands of supplements that bear a USP or NF seal on the label which indicate that they have undergone quality-control testing. It is also important to ensure that the company you are buying the products from has a UK address and telephone number. ConsumerLab.com can also be consulted to make sure the product is legitimate.
Do I know that this supplement works?
Can I afford this supplement?
Do I know enough about this supplement?
Leading General Practitioner Dr Thomas Kurscheid recommends the following, “In the process of choosing a product, consumers should pay attention if the producer is conducting his own research and if he is applying the highest possible quality standards to the (organic) cultivation of plants, the production chain but also the storage and transportation of the products”
Make sure that you talk to your doctor before taking any herb, supplement, or vitamin if:
You are pregnant
You have a medical condition
You take medicines or other supplements which may interact to cause problems for example
• Calcium can interact with heart medicine, certain diuretics, and aluminium and magnesium-containing antacids
• Magnesium can interact with certain diuretics, some cancer drugs and magnesium-containing antacids
• Vitamin K can interact with blood thinners like Coumadin
• St. John's Worts is known to adversely affect selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor SSRI drugs (anti-depressant drugs) and birth control pills
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