How Much Do You Know About Dietary Supplements?

Millions of people take one or more dietary supplements every day. In fact, some of the most common questions I get are about supplements like calcium, vitamin D, fish oil, etc. Should you be taking a dietary supplement? Are any of them right for you? Are you wasting your money? Are you doing yourself harm by taking one or more of them? The answers are “maybe,” “maybe,” “maybe,” and “maybe.”

Let’s start with some basics. First of all, what exactly is a dietary supplement?

It’s a product taken by mouth that contains one or more ingredients not provided in sufficient quantity in your diet. It can be in tablet, capsule, liquid, gel, powder, or whatever form. It can be one or a mixture of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, herbs, plant extracts, or a host of other ingredients.

How much do you know about dietary supplements? Take this HGH Cycle quiz and find out…

1. Many of these products are natural, so they are safe.

True or False?

2. Supplements must be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration before being sold.

True or False?

3. The regulation of supplements is the same as drugs/medicines.

True or False?

4. You can trust that the label on a supplement tells you the exact ingredients and the amount of each.

True or False?

5. Supplements must carry warning labels about possible side effects.

True or False?

6. If a supplement works, taking more will work even better.

True or False?

How do you think you did? No cheating. If you haven’t answered the questions yet, go back and do it now. That will make the information stick in your mind better.

Number 1… many of the products are natural so they are safe… FALSE!

Those “natural” products filling the shelves at your local pharmacy may be plant extracts and herbs. And sure, they may have medicinal value. In fact, many of the medicines we use today are based on herbs and plants that were discovered to have particular effects. But just as prescription medicines can cause unwanted side effects, so can “natural” products. They can cause serious illness, allergies, increased blood pressure, organ damage, and even death! They can interfere with other medications and supplements, making their actions stronger or ineffective.

You must tell your doctor(s) about ALL the medications you are taking. That includes over-the-counter medicines like that baby aspirin you