Are Nutritional Supplements Beneficial?

Are Nutritional Supplements Beneficial?

Dietary supplements are available in different forms including drinks, tablets, powders, and capsules. You will find different types of the supplements to meet the unique needs of your body. There are supplements for the weight loss program, weakness, anxiety, and for different disorders.

All the supplements are required to come with a label describing the ingredients and serving. It’s best to consult your doctor to know about the serving size and products to ensure that it is able to serve your intended purpose and also to know whether or not certain supplements are right for you.

Why should you take supplements?

When you do not get enough nutrients and vitamins from your food, you can take supplements to fill in those nutritional gaps. As supported scientific research studies, some supplements can be helpful for your well-being. You can take calcium for bone health, omega-3 fatty acids for heart health, and if you’re pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, folic acid can help minimize the risk of birth defects.

Safety and side effects

Supplements might cause side effects if you take them without a prescription. The effects will vary depending on the supplement and your health condition. You might experience bleeding if you take them after a surgery. A few supplements can intervene with the functioning of prescribed drugs. You need to be careful before taking supplements. It is important if you are pregnant or nursing to consult your physician before taking any supplements at all. More importantly, you should never give supplements to your kids without a prescription.

Quality

The FDA has developed good manufacturing practices to ensure the purity, quality, identity, and composition of supplements. Some independent organizations are also offering the quality test to display the seals of approval. The seals are the sign that the supplement has gone through a proper manufacturing process.

Things to remember

You should never take supplements to treat a self-diagnosed disease. Even if you are following a weight loss program, you should not combine any supplement to speed up the process. In addition, consider the following:

  • You should not combine supplements with prescribed drugs without the approval of your doctor.
  • Do not take supplements after a surgery without doctor’s permission.
  • You should go through the manufacturing details, risk factors, doses, and ingredients before taking any supplement.

Consult your doctor

Before taking any dietary supplement, it is better to consult your healthcare provider to know about the possible benefits and risks. You need to maintain the record of your supplements that you can share with your doctor while experiencing any health complication.

What are the federal regulations?

These supplements are designed as the alternative to your diet. These are not drugs and are not intended to treat any health problem. The FDA oversees both the medicines and dietary supplements. FDA regulations are different for the prescribed drugs and supplements. The drugs need to be approved by the FDA before introducing to the market. But the dietary supplements do not need pre-approval by the FDA. The company that produces the supplements will be held responsible for the safety of the products.

In brief, the manufacturer will be completely responsible for the ingredients, claims, and risk factors. They need to follow good manufacturing practices to offer the best quality products. If the FDA does not find any product good for human consumption, it has the right to ban it. The federal government has also the right to take legal action against those companies who make false promises to sell the products.

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