With so many pills and potions to choose from on the supplement aisle of your local pharmacy, grocery, and vitamin stores, “How can you possibly decide on which is best for you?”
An even better question to ask yourself is, “Will the supplement that I choose do more harm than good?”
Well, you’re asking all the right questions. Here’s what you absolutely must know and look for to select a vitamin that’s the right fit for your health.
All Vitamins are NOT Created Equal
We’ve all seen the supplement bottles with an image of lush green pastures and smiling faces that just reek of health.
We check the price, throw it in the shopping cart and strut to the checkout counter knowing that we’re on the road to health and prosperity. But, hold it right there!
Just because a supplement has made it on the shelf doesn’t mean that it’s safe or even does what the label promises.
In fact, before a supplement is marketed to the public, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not have the authority to verify if it’s safe or effective.
The FDA can only remove a supplement from the market if it has been found to be unsafe (by the manufacturer or consumers) or makes false or misleading claims.
To put your mind at ease, manufacturers can elect to have their supplements verified by the USP Supplement Verification Program. Supplements that pass the standards of the USP receive a USP Verified Mark on their labels.
Seeing the USP Verified Mark on a supplement label means that the product has been tested to ensure that what’s on the label is in the bottle.
USP tests a supplement’s ability to be absorbed by the body, the level of harmful contaminants, and that the supplement has the quality ingredients promised on the label.
Will Your Current Meds Like Your New Supplements?
We all know that oil and water don’t mix, but