If you're pregnant, nursing a baby, or have a chronic medical condition, be sure to consult a nutritionist, dietitian or health care provider before purchasing or taking any dietary supplements.
If you're simply searching for some extra vitamin supplements to ensure your nutrient intake is adequate, then start with a simple program like this:
- Calcium and vitamin D
- Omega-3 fatty acids
- Join ConsumerLab.com to find out which brands of supplements they've tested.
- Read the labels. Ingredients for the supplements should be from organic sources whenever possible.
- Know which dietary supplements should be taken on an empty stomach.
- Dietary supplements should be tested for toxic substances and any kind of contamination such as lead or mercury.
- Look for hypoallergenic products if you have sensitivity problems. Avoid wheat, yeast and corn.
- Look for an expiration date and make sure the product is fresh. If there is no expiration date on the label, buy something else.
Vitamin and Mineral Facts
- 10 Facts About Vitamin B-12
- 10 Facts About Calcium
- 10 Facts About Magnesium
- 10 Facts About Vitamin C
United States Food and Drug Administration Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. January 2002.