Nutritional Supplements

vitaminWe are all bombarded with advertisements and conflicting news reports regarding vitamins.  If you’re like me I’m left wondering –

  • Do I need to take a daily vitamin?
  • What brand is the best?
  • What do I risk by not taking them?
  • What would I gain by taking them?
  • Am I getting what I need in the food that I eat?
  • Etc.

The Office of Dietary Supplements National Institutes of Health has compiled information to guide you.

You will find

  • Dietary Supplements: What you need to know
  • Frequently asked questions
  • How to spot health fraud
  • Links to the FDA for warnings and safety information,
  • Nutrient recommendations
  • Latest news
  • Dietary supplement fact sheets

You will even find a dietary supplement mobile app

  • An easy way to keep track of the vitamins, minerals, herbs, and other products you take—right in the palm of your hand.
  • Access to science-based, reliable information on dietary supplements.
  • General information about ODS—who we are and what we do.

As always it’s important to inform your health professional about any supplements that you might be taking.

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) has begunMale Doctor Talking with Patient the “Time to Talk” initiative to encourage the dialogue between patient and health care provider.

“Time to Talk is an educational campaign to encourage patients and their health care providers to openly discuss the use of complementary health practices. When patients tell their providers, they can more effectively manage their health. When providers ask their patients, they can ensure that they are fully informed and can help patients make wise health care decisions. Simply put—it’s time to talk!”

posted by – Susan, Health Reference Librarian

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