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Dietary Supplements

Adding dietary supplements to your daily diet is one way to ensure that you're getting enough of the essential vitamins and minerals you need. Here you'll find articles that will help you decide which dietary supplements are right for you.

Do I Really Need to Take Vitamins?

You should be able to get all the vitamins and minerals you need from the foods you eat, but there are some reasons you may want to take dietary supplements.

Benefits and Risks of Taking Dietary Supplements

Dietary supplements are usually safe but there can be a few risks. Read this article to learn more about the potential benefits of taking dietary supplements so you can make the best decisions about taking dietary supplements.

Dietary Supplement Safety and Regulation

Dietary supplements aren't regulated as closely as medications, but manufacturers do have to follow some rules. Here's a look at the regulation of dietary supplements.

Tolerable Upper Intake Levels for Fat-Soluble Vitamins

Vitamin supplements can cause problems if taken in excess. Here's a list of the fat-soluble vitamins and dosages that are known to be safe.

Tolerable Upper Intake Levels for Major Minerals

Minerals can cause problems if taken in excess for prolonged periods of time. Here are the safe upper limits for major mineral intake.

Choosing High Quality Dietary Supplements

Dietary supplements aren't regulated for quality and some types of supplements may be better than others. Read my tips for purchasing dietary supplements.

Does Hoodia Help Weight Loss?

Hoodia is a dietary supplement that may aid in weight loss. Find out how much it helps and if it's worth the expense.

Prebiotics and Probiotics

Probiotics are friendly bacteria that can improve the health of your digestive system. Prebiotics are basically the food that feeds them. Learn about the benefits of prebiotics and probiotics.

Should Vitamins Be Taken With Food?

A few dietary supplements, like iron, should be taken on an empty stomach, but most can be taken with food if you prefer. In fact, some vitamins should be taken with food. Learn more.

What Is the Difference Between Folate and Folic Acid?

Folic acid is the synthetic counterpart to folate, a member of the B-complex. Learn more about folic acid and folate.

Will B Vitamins Give Me Energy?

B-complex vitamins are needed for energy metabolism, but taking extra B vitamins won't give you any additional energy. Learn more.

What Is a Niacin Flush?

Niacin is a B-complex vitamin and can be taken in large doses to treat elevated cholesterol levels. But it causes a very irritating (and sometimes scary) side effect called the niacin flush.

Do Selenium Supplements Have Side Effects?

Selenium is a trace mineral that works as an antioxidant. It's generally safe to take as a dietary supplement, but there are possible side effects that can occur if you take too much selenium.

Which Form of Vitamin D is Better, D2 or D3?

Cholecalciferol (D3) and ergocalciferol (D2) are two natural forms of vitamin D and both can be used in dietary supplements. Learn more about the two forms and find out if it matters which one you take.

Calcium and Vitamin D May Not be Enough to Reduce the Risk of Fracture

Calcium and vitamin D supplements are often prescribed for keeping bones strong, but it takes more than that. Find out what else you need to do to prevent fractures.

New Calcium and Vitamin D Recommendations

In 2011, the Institute of Medicine's updated their recommendations for calcium and vitamin D. Here's the latest information.

Zinc Toxicity

Zinc is a dietary mineral found in some dietary supplements. It's generally safe, but you can take too much - learn more about zinc toxicity.

Can I Take Omega-3 Supplements Instead of Eating Fish?

You need omega-3 fatty acids but you don't like, or won't eat fish. This fatty acid is also found in plants, but if you prefer, you can take omega-3 supplements instead of eating fish.

Carnitine

You don't need to eat foods that contain carnitine or take carnitine supplements because your body makes enough for normal energy production. Learn more about carnitine.

Greens First Health Drink

There are many "green" drinks on the market and Greens First is my favorite. Learn more about this drink and how to used it to get more antioxidants.

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