How can I shop for reputable brands of vitamins and supplements?

Vitamins and supplements are considered foods, not medicines, by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. So they're not closely regulated. Unfortunately, there is no way to be sure your vitamins are of high quality. You can improve the chances of getting vitamins that contain what they claim to contain and don't contain harmful substances by checking for the following seals on the label: NSF International, U.S. Pharmacopeia or Consumer Lab. It's also safer to buy from U.S. companies and companies that have brand recognition.
Tod Cooperman, MD
Health Education
When shopping for reputable brands of vitamins and supplements, avoid products that are sold exclusively online; products found in stores are more reliable. Watch me explain some guidelines to keep in mind.

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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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