The majority of the population in the United States is turning to dietary supplements. It has been estimated that more than half of the U.S adults take at least one or two nutritional supplements almost every day.
Some of those supplements include vitamins, minerals, herbal and botanical. For your information, these supplements come in many forms such as capsules, tablets, powders, drinks etc.
Today, we discuss the most asked questions related to nutritional supplements. Let’s dive in!
How do I know if I need a Nutritional Supplement?
Remember that nutritional supplements are not meant to diagnose, treat, cure any disease in any form.
Why you may need a dietary supplement? To get a variety of nutrients from foods you do not consume.
For example, if there is a lack of specific nutrient in your body and you are unable to find or eat a food item that will help you get that nutrient, you must take the nutrient in a supplement form.
Should I consult my physician or healthcare provider before taking dietary supplements?
Yes, of course. To ensure that the supplement doesn’t cause any side-effect, you must consult a doctor.
If you are pregnant, breastfeed your child or have a medical condition, you must speak to your physician or healthcare provider before beginning the intake of any dietary supplement. You can also just talk to a pharmacist, he or she will be able to guide you better too.
Where can I buy nutritional supplements?
One of the most convenient ways to purchase dietary supplements is from an online store.
You can also get dietary supplements from grocery stores, drug stores, natural food stores, and nutrition stores. Wherever you buy from, make sure they are original. Example, every 4Life product contains 4Life logo, bar code and product information.
How can I compare the ingredients and doses of one product with the rest?
Visit the dietary supplement Label Database (DSLD) for this purpose. Here you can access label details of all the nutritional supplements sold in the U.S marketplace.
You can search for a particular ingredient, manufacturer, label texts, ingredients, and its health claims. Please check 4Life Transfer Factor Plus for product ingredient.
How would I know that the ingredients present in nutritional supplements are not contaminated?
Remember that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not examine the content of the nutritional supplement.
Instead, the manufacturers are required to follow Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) while creating the product. GMPs are a set of requirements that every manufacturer of the dietary supplement has to follow. This ensures that the product is safe and harmless.
Moreover, there are some testing organizations that give a seal of approval to some nutritional supplements. If you come across this seal of approval, it means that the product has cleared its quality test and is safe to be used by the consumer.
If you have any specific question related to a dietary supplement, it is advised to talk to the manufacturer directly.