Getting enough of the nutrients we need is the most important component of getting well and staying healthy. If the foods in our diet are deficient, then we must turn to supplements to make up the difference.
But what do the ingredient labels mean? What are the correct amounts we should be taking? Do vitamins really expire?
Nature Made, a producer of vitamins, minerals and herbal products designed to promoted good health, answers your questions.
Nature Made's website provides a quick and easy primer on reading vitamin label information. Helpful diagrams and explanations help you learn to safely and accurately obtain the daily amounts you need and other important information like what I.U., mg, and mcg measurements mean. They also provide a good explanation on reading Herbal Labels.
Nature Made also developed the following handy instructional on how to get the most out of your vitamins called,“A consumers guide to smart vitamin use.”
A Consumer's Guide to Smart Vitamin Use
Visiting Your Health Care Professional? Review Your Chart Discuss Lifestyle Changes Educate Yourself Choose Quality Supplements Know Safe Supplement Tips
Review Your Chart Be sure your health care professional knows and writes down all dietary supplements you take even if taken infrequently. Write them down before your appointment and bring the list with you. Some dietary supplements interfere with prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Ask about your prescription medicine and nutrient deficiencies. Certain prescription medications can deplete essential nutrients in your body. Ask your provider how you can compensate.
Discuss Lifestyle Changes Are you on a diet? Do you eat smaller or irregular meals. Do you smoke or drink alcohol? If so, you may be missing certain nutrients that are a necessary part of a healthy diet. (i.e. iron, B-12, calcium, etc.) Discuss which vitamins may help fill nutritional gaps in your diet.
Educate Yourself It’s important to use reliable, scientifically sound information on dietary supplements for your health decisions. Share this information with your health professional and ask for their ideas.
Choose Quality Supplements Consider the following when selecting a brand: • Is the product from a reputable manufacturer? If in doubt, ask your health care professional to recommend a reliable brand that carries the USP mark. • Does the manufacturer have a toll-free number and Web site where you can get information from qualified professionals and ask questions? • Does the label make claims that seem too good to be true? Use caution.
Know Safe Supplement Tips Read the label and follow dosage instructions carefully. Look for warning statements. Purchase quality products. Be sure to share all supplement use with your health care provider.
Almost all of Nature Made's products are gluten-free. Gluten-free is stated on each product for easy identification.