5 Tips: What Consumers Need To Know About Dietary Supplements (gov)

If you are considering whether to use a dietary supplement, here are five tips to consider.

Take charge of your health by being an informed consumer. The standards for the marketing of <strong>supplements are very different </strong>from the standards for medicines. Marketers of a supplement, for example, do not have to prove to the Food and Drug Administration that it is safe or that it works before it hits supermarket shelves. Find out what the scientific evidence says about the safety of a dietary supplement and whether it works. The resources below can help you.Take charge of your health by being an informed consumer. The standards for the marketing of supplements are very different from the standards for medicines. Marketers of a supplement, for example, do not have to prove to the Food and Drug Administration that it is safe or that it works before it hits supermarket shelves. Find out what the scientific evidence says about the safety of a dietary supplement and whether it works. The resources below can help you.

‘Natural’ does not necessarily mean ‘safe’. For example, the herbs comfrey and kava can seriously damage the liver. Even if you see the term “standardized” (or “verified” or “certified”) on the bottle, it is not necessarily a guarantee of the quality or consistency of the product.

Interactions are possible. Some dietary supplements can interact with medications (prescription or over-the-counter) or other dietary supplements, and some can have side effects on their own. Research has shown that St. John’s wort interacts with many medications in ways that can interfere with its intended effects, including antidepressants, birth control pills, antiretrovirals used to treat HIV infection, and others.

Be aware of possible contamination. Some supplements have been found to contain hidden prescription drugs or other compounds, especially in dietary supplements marketed for weight loss, sexual health including erectile dysfunction and athletic performance or bodybuilding.

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