Are Nutritional Supplements Good for You?

Did you know that in 2015 – Americans spent over 35 billion dollars on nutritional supplements? That is almost as much as our health care expenditure! So, it seems like a good idea to figure out if they work, or if they’re good for you.

It’s good idea to do your research and make sure that you are buying quality supplements. There are problems with many companies, they don’t use quality ingredients, they make claims that aren’t true, and they sometimes have drugs in their products. But this is why it’s SO important to research what you buy. Don’t just go to Costco and buy the latest thing you saw on Dr. Oz, or some other place on the internet.

For over 20 years, I’ve researched and studied supplements and herbs to learn which ones are good. Here are a few things that will help you in your research:

  1. The companies you buy from should be certified cGMP – many professional supplement manufacturer’s go through the process to certify their products – Good manufacturing practices (GMPs) are guidelines that provide a system of processes, procedures     and documentation to assure a product has the identity, strength, composition, quality and purity that         appear on its label. These GMP requirements are listed in Section 8 of NSF/ANSI 173 which is the only accredited American National Standard in the dietary supplement industry developed in accordance with the FDA’s 21 CFR part 111. NSF International’s GMP Registration Program enables manufacturers to become independently registered by NSF to meet GMP requirements. The program is open not just to manufacturers of dietary supplements but also to manufacturers of ingredients and raw materials, as well as distribution, warehousing and packaging companies, who want to demonstrate their commitment to public safety.
  2. When buying herbs, you should make sure that they have been tested for quality, and in most cases, only buy organic herbs.
  3. Watch the Medicinal Supplement Summit – no cost – online coming on September 12. You will learn everything you need to know about supplements! http://howdoyoufeelnow.com.  Over 20 experts discuss all the different elements of supplements and how to choose the right ones.
  4. Double check the label before you buy – if there are too many ingredients – don’t buy them. See my book – Supplement Smart – available at no cost on my web page – http://www.hearttoheartmedicalcenter.com
  5. Don’t buy herbs that have “standardized extracts” – herbs should be taken whole – and organic.
  6. Check out Consumer Labs – an independent lab that tests ingredients in supplements to make sure                           that they are what they say they are- they are a GREAT resource. https://www.consumerlab.com

For more on the supplements you should not take, and those that have a track record of safety and effectiveness, check out the links below.

Do you have more questions about supplements, and which of them might benefit you? If so, click here to contact Dr. Shiroko today.

 

 

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