Considering Dietary Supplements? Choose Carefully

A news story from The Columbus Dispatch in Ohio serves as a reminder that if you’re considering taking dietary supplements, read labels carefully and follow suggested use guidelines.

The story, citing officials with the Central Ohio Poison Center, reports an increase in calls about dietary and herbal supplements. The calls are not about vitamins and minerals, but about products that make weight loss and energy claims. Interestingly, the number of weight loss-related calls have dropped since 2003 because of dietary supplements taken off the market.

Poison control centers are also seeing an increase in calls regarding children taking dietary and herbal supplements. A study published in Pediatric Emergency Care reported that between 2000 and 2010, 12 poison centers in five states recorded a 274 percent increase in calls concerning children who had taken dietary supplements.

Calls are up most likely because sales of dietary supplements are up, according to the Nutrition Business Journal. The industry saw more than $30 billion in sales in 2011.

“We’ve come a long way in our view of the safety of taking supplements,” says Rob Maru, nutritionist and Chief Innovation Officer of Reserveage™ Nutrition.

Taking Supplements is a Choice that is Supported by Nutritionally Minded Consumers and Healthcare Practitioners, and it’s being Embraced by More than Half of All Americans Who Are Now Supplementing Their Diets

recent study confirms that general health and wellness are the top reasons why consumers are taking dietary supplements. National Institutes of Health data reports dietary supplement users understand that taking vitamins and supplements are an investment in your daily health. Your goal is ‘promoting’ and ‘maintaining’ your overall good health.*

“Today’s supplement users seem to be taking them proactively to support wellness,*” says Maru.

When taking dietary supplements, please consider:

Understand the benefits of dietary supplements:

Take the guesswork out of which dietary supplements to purchase and how many to take by reading the label and packaging carefully. Make sure you understand each supplement’s benefits.

Research supplement quality

Look for the highest quality, clinically tested ingredients.

Follow supplement instructions

Take only the recommended serving amounts. Be sure to follow all directions provided on the ingredients and instructions panel to ensure proper supplement intake.

Find a quality supplement and practitioner

Choose a nutritionally oriented healthcare practitioner who can help educate you about its ingredients.

Review dietary supplements with your doctor

Consult with your healthcare practitioner before taking any dietary supplements, especially if you are pregnant, nursing, on medication or under a doctor’s care.

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