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Dietary Supplement Safety: What You Need to Know

Dietary supplement safety has been a hot topic in the industry for years, but we feel that it's something that our customers need to know about. Safety in any industry is paramount and at OVitaminPro, we can confidently say that the vitamin and supplement industry is one of the safest out there. As for backing up our position, we've put together some great resources discussing the safety of supplements as well as things you can do as a consumer to ensure you have the best experience possible:

In addition to these resources, we'd like to add the following in regards to dietary supplement safety and making the right choices in regards to your own personal health.

How Do I Know Which Supplements to Take?

This is the first step in practicing good supplement safety. When it comes to choosing safe supplements, you need to know first which supplements you need to take to begin with. Supplements basically fall into two different categories: those that are good for everyone for universal health needs and those that are specific to just you at this time. To read more about how to know which supplements to take, check out our helpful guide, "How Do I Know Which Supplement I Need?" or check out our clinical services and lab tests. Once you know what supplements you need to take, it's time to start looking at specific supplement characteristics to ensure the highest levels of quality.

Choosing Quality Supplements

Dietary supplement safety starts when you take a closer look at the label. Dietary supplement labels provide us with a wealth of information about the product as well as its intended effects. The first rule of thumb to remember is to choose supplements that make realistic claims. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Also, remember that supplements are not a magic cure for all health and wellness issues.

When you're looking at the label, check for key words that can indicate quality safeguards. Words like "laboratory tested", "third party tested", "third party assayed", or "clinical tested" indicate that the supplement has been tested and evaluated to ensure the highest quality possible. Certifications from consumer protection organizations like NSF International, the United Natural Products Alliance, or the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) also show a higher quality of assessment.

Also, always be sure to read the ingredients in your supplements. Dietary supplement safety starts when you pay attention to exactly what you're taking and how it will react with your body. If you're not sure about an ingredient (or a supplement in general), it's best to do your research and to talk to your healthcare professional. You should always talk to a doctor, nutritionist, or other trusted healthcare professional prior to starting any supplement, as you want to make sure that it's right for you.

As for educating yourself on the ingredients, look to the manufacturer as well as outside sources. You'll want to consider clinical research, manufacturer's quality standards, data about the ingredients, any testing or trials involving the supplement, and also research in the community on the ingredient's or supplement's effectiveness. Plus, you can always feel free to contact us via phone or email and we'd be happy to provide you with more information about our products, what they contain, and how they work.