Wednesday, August 13, 2003

Choosing a Dietary Supplement
The best way to obtain all of your nutrients is eat a healthy diet. However, pregnant women, athletes, people on low-calorie diets, and individuals with certain disorders may require supplementation.

Here's How:
1. Learn about the specific nutrients/ingredients in any supplement before you take it.
2. Consult with your physician or qualified nutritionist for specific advice, especially if you have a medical condition or are on medication.
3. Check expiration dates.
4. Find a multi-vitamin containing close to 100% of the Daily Values (DV) for most nutrients. Calcium and Magnesium are too bulky at 100% of the DVs to be provided in one tablet.
5. Choose a supplement that will be easy to swallow. Make sure that it is smoothly coated or small enough to easily ingest.
6. If there are children in the house, be sure the supplement has a child-proof cap and is stored out of their reach.
7. The choice between natural or synthetic should not be a dilemma from a nutritional point of view. With the exception of Vitamin E, your body handles both forms the same.
8. Look for the USP (United States Pharmacopeia) approval for quality, purity, potency, and dissolution.
Store in a cool, dry place.
9. Due to the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA), the Food and Drug Administration does not regulate supplements.
10. Consult with your Physician or Registered Dietitian before taking supplements. Don't rely on the manufacturer or sales representative for an unbiased evaluation.
11. Try to get the most from your diet. Eating a variety of foods plentiful in fruits and vegetables decreases your need to supplement.

Find more about Supplements in your area simply by clicking on the state in which you're located, then the city.
It's that simple.

-Jerry West  

08/01/2003 - 09/01/2003 /

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