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  • 4 Things You Should Know About Supplements

    There are many sports supplements on the shelves everywhere claiming to make us faster, stronger and more enduring. But how many of them are actually beneficial and worth taking for boosting our sports performance.


    Finding out which supplement is right for you could be difficult. Today’s dietary supplements include include vitamins, minerals, herbals and botanicals, amino acids, enzymes, and many other products.Dietary supplements come in a variety of forms as well from traditional tablets to capsules, and powders, as well as drinks and energy bars. Some of the most popular supplements include vitamins D and E, minerals like calcium and iron, herbs such as echinacea and specialty products like glucosamine, probiotics, and of course fish oils.


    Four things you should know about supplements before you take them:

     


    Always read the label (that should be a rule for everything.) All supplements should have a facts panel that lists the contents, amount of active ingredients per serving, and other added ingredients.  


    Supplements do not take the place of foods that are essential to your diet. However, supplements do contain vitamins that contain a great source of calcium, vitamin D and are important for bones and more.

     

     


    Talk with your healthcare provider: Always let your physician know what dietary supplements you’re taking so that you can know what’s best for your overall health and how these supplements can affect you.


    Don't decide to take supplements to treat a health condition that you have diagnosed yourself, without consulting a healthcare provider.

     

    • Don't take supplements in place of, or in combination with, prescribed medications without your health care provider's approval.

     

    • The term "natural" doesn't always mean safe. A supplement's safety depends on many things, such as its chemical makeup, how it works in the body, how it is prepared, and the dose used. Certain herbs (for example, comfrey and kava) can harm the liver.


    Before taking a dietary supplement, ask yourself these questions:

     

      • What are the potential health benefits of this dietary supplement product?

     

      • What are its potential benefits for me?

     

      • Does this product have any safety risks?

     

      • What is the proper dose to take?

     

      • How, when, and for how long should I take it?

     

     

     

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