I just wanted to touch on a subject that is very important; using vitamins and supplements safely. I recently read an article concerning people who are developing liver damage and other health issues by not following the manufacturer’s directions. This article didn’t limit the misuse to supplements alone. The vast majority of people developed health problems by misusing prescription medications, so this article applies to their safe use as well.
The article went on to say the two most common groups of people who misused supplements were middle age women who were overweight and young men attempting to build muscle. Apparently these groups want to succeed so badly that they will purchase supplements from suspect manufacturers or resellers. Then, to speed things up, they will take much more than the manufacturer suggests. Even though these two groups may be the ones most likely to do this, any one of us has the potential to do the same thing.
To help safeguard your health when purchasing vitamins and supplements, please purchase from a reputable reseller. There are some manufacturers that will make impossible claims concerning the use of their products. Others will either utilize illegal ingredients or not include the advertised ingredients. I believe most of the manufacturers truly want to support your health and don’t fall into this category but counterfeit products are abundant. If you always purchase from a trusted reseller, you can be much more confident that you are getting what you are paying for and help to avoid any negative reactions.
Equally important is when you receive your supplements, you follow the directions exactly. The manufacturer has invested a great deal of time and money to find the proper amount to help you achieve your health goal with the least amount of risk. The only time you should deviate from the manufacturer’s suggestions is when your health advisor directs you to do so.
Another important issue is interaction with prescription medications. In my research, there aren’t too many contraindications with prescription medications. However, there are enough that you need to read and understand any cautions or warnings the manufacturer has placed on the label. Also, if you are pregnant or nursing, please consult with your health care advisor before taking any supplements.
If you have any questions on the use or suitability of any nutrient, we at DR Vitamin Solutions would be happy to help. Simply call, leave us a comment here, send us an email via our contact page, or reach us via the social media space.
By Greg Benic, DR Vitamin Solutions