How can I save money on dietary supplements?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Supplements are one of the best things you can do to improve your mind, mood and energy, but can be pricey, especially at specialty health stores. Online purchases may look like a good deal but not necessarily once you factor in shipping and handling costs.

Buying supplements at big box stores can save you at least half of what you might pay at specialty health stores. When purchasing, look for the cheapest product you can find from a big name manufacturer you trust. And remember, you don't have to go wild by purchasing tons of supplements. Be sure to buy a multivitamin and an omega-3 supplement to boost your mood; always check for 100% daily allowance on the label.

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Dietary Supplements

Whether you're visiting the drug store, grocery or natural food shop you'll likely find an aisle where there are jars and bottles of things for you to put in your body that are neither foods nor medicines. Ranging from vitamins an...

d minerals to fiber and herbal remedies, these supplements are not regulated in the same way as either food or medicine. Some of them are backed by solid research, others are folk remedies or proprietary cures. If your diet does not include enough of certain vitamins or minerals, a supplement may be a good idea. Natural treatment for conditions like constipation may be effective. But because these substances are unregulated, it is always a good idea to educate yourself about the products and to use common sense when taking them. This is even more true if you are pregnant or taking a medicine that may be affected by supplements.

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