How to Be an Informed Dietary Supplements Shopper

How to Be an Informed Dietary Supplements Shopper

Every day, millions of Americans turn to dietary supplements to meet their nutritional needs or support their overall health. While many supplements play beneficial roles in helping people optimize their health, it's also important to understand how to avoid unnecessary or overhyped products so you can select the supplements that are just right for you. To help you make informed choices, below are some consumer tips for selecting the appropriate dietary supplement.

Look for a Proper Supplement Facts Label

A proper Supplement Facts label must include directions for use, net quantity of ingredients, and serving size. The label must also provide the manufacturer’s complete address or phone number within the United States for people to report any issues from using the product. Learn more about how you’ll see this information displayed below.

How to Buy Responsibly

Paying attention to the following when selecting a supplement can help you to be a more informed supplement user:

Do Your Research

  • Visit www.nih.gov to see ingredient fact sheets.
  • Visit the manufacturer’s website.

Know When to Talk to Your Doctor

If you’re seeking dietary supplements that treat a condition or disease or  if you are taking other medicines/supplements and are concerned about how a new supplement might interact with those medications, talk to your doctor first.

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How to Be an Informed Dietary Supplements Shopper

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Every day, millions of Americans turn to dietary supplements to meet their nutritional needs or support their overall health. While many supplements play beneficial roles in helping people optimize their health, it's also important to understand how to avoid unnecessary or overhyped products so you can select the supplements that are just right for you. To help you make informed choices, below are some consumer tips for selecting the appropriate dietary supplement.

Look for a Proper Supplement Facts Label

A proper Supplement Facts label must include directions for use, net quantity of ingredients, and serving size. The label must also provide the manufacturer’s complete address or phone number within the United States for people to report any issues from using the product. Learn more about how you’ll see this information displayed below.

How to Buy Responsibly

Paying attention to the following when selecting a supplement can help you to be a more informed supplement user:

Do Your Research

  • Visit www.nih.gov to see ingredient fact sheets.
  • Visit the manufacturer’s website.

Know When to Talk to Your Doctor

If you’re seeking dietary supplements that treat a condition or disease or  if you are taking other medicines/supplements and are concerned about how a new supplement might interact with those medications, talk to your doctor first.

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