Dietary supplements are usually used to improve health. However, that does not mean that you should take any supplement available to you, or any amount. Thus, it can be a bit confusing to determine the right ones for you. Some of the frequently asked questions about dietary supplements are answered below.
What Is a Dietary Supplement?
Dietary supplements are products that contain vitamins, amino acids, herbs, enzymes, minerals, proteins, or any other nutritional ingredients. The products can be in the form of capsules, pills, tablets, or liquids. They are generally used to supplement diets and should not be considered as a replacement for food.
Do I Need a Prescription to Take Supplements?
A majority of supplements are usually available over the counter in almost all pharmacies. You do not need any prescription to buy them. However, you always check with your physician before purchasing or using any supplement. That is because some types of supplements may have some side effects on you. There is also a possibility that the supplements might interact with any other prescribed medication that you may be using.
How Do I Determine the Quality of a Supplement?
There are some set minimum standards that manufacturers of supplements have to meet. You can check the label to determine the ingredients used and see if they meet the standards. However, some supplements may have more or less of the components described on the label. Some may even contain other ingredients that are not listed on the label. To avoid such, you should only buy supplements from a trusted manufacturer. Remember to check the seal as well to ensure the supplements have not been tampered with in any way.
What Does a Proprietary Blend Mean?
A proprietary blend refers to a specific combination of ingredients, which you can only get from a particular supplement manufacturer. All other companies are not allowed to use the same blend, which is why you cannot find the combination elsewhere. Additionally, it may be not very easy for anyone to know the right combination of ingredients for the blend.
What Is the Difference Between Recommended Dietary Allowance and Daily Value?
RDA refers to the amount of nutrient which your body needs daily, based on factors such as gender and age. DV, on the other hand, refers to the amount of nutrient that the supplement will provide, based on a total daily diet.