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How to Become a Smart Supplement Shopper

People mainly take dietary supplements because of the benefits indicated on the labels, meaning that they rarely check the risks associated with the products. While it may not look like a significant issue, the fact that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is prohibited from reviewing the supplements before marketing raises concerns. Until proper actions are taken to address this situation, it is up to the consumer to assess the safety and efficacy of the supplements. If you are considering a newly introduced dietary supplement, these tips below will help you:

  1. Read about dietary supplements from non-commercial sites

Manufacturers and distributors ensure the products they release to the market are safe for use. A manufacturer must inform the FDA about a new ingredient that they have used. Even when they do this, the FDA simply checks safety (but not the effectiveness) of the ingredient. This means that buyers have very low chances of proving the effectiveness of the supplements, and relying on the claims published on commercial sites might mislead you.

Supplement information published by organizations such as FDA and National Institute of Health (NIH) are the most reliable. These non-commercial websites carefully explain the benefits and risks of nutrition supplements and use scientific studies to support their statements. As a result, the information you get is very dependable and can help you to make sound purchasing decisions.

  1. Watch out for misleading statements

Marketers may use certain terms that tell consumers that a product is safe or highly effective, when such statements are not true at all. Beware of these claims and do your own research if you doubt what the seller writes on their websites. Claims suggesting that a product is 100% safe or has no side effects at all should be investigated further. Moreover, never associate the word ‘natural’ with product safety. A survey by USA Today revealed that 66% of Americans link the term natural with a lack of artificial ingredients or pesticides.

  1. Consult your healthcare provider

A healthcare provider is very important when selecting supplements. There are times when the provider will prescribe a particular nutrition supplement based on diagnosed nutrient deficiency. You may also consult a healthcare provider if you are not sure what supplement is best for you.

  1. Put safety first

As a consumer, you have the right to report a product that harms you or your friends and family to the FDA. Inform the authorities about any reactions that result from taking a supplement. You may contact the FDA customer complaint coordinator in your locality or use the safety reporting portal. You can buy from known sellers at and other brands that you find reputable.


Nutritional supplements provide essential nutrients that the human body needs, and may even improve immunity to diseases. Despite their benefits, supplements should not take the place of your daily meals. Continue eating a healthy and balanced diet even when your nutrition supplements seem to be working effectively. You should also know the health risks associated with certain supplement doses and combinations.

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