A Smart Guide to Buying Supplements

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When it comes to your health, you’ll do anything to keep your body and mind in great shape. But what if your health routine is doing you more harm than good? As I said on The Dr. Oz Show, you don’t always get what you want with dietary supplements (including supplements with vitamins, minerals, herbs and other special ingredients). Dr. Oz investigated popular supplements on the market today to see if they lived up to their promises and the results were shocking.

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Here are a few key points to remember to avoid dangerous supplements, ensure that you only purchase quality products, and get the benefits that you are paying for. Remember to let your doctor know if you take or are planning to take any supplements. Some may interact with medications.

Fish Oil
The omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil are the brain-boosting, heart-healthy good fats that have a multitude of anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties.


Scam: As our research shows, you often aren’t getting what is promised to you on the label. In our study, 30% of the 24 fish oil supplements tested failed for either containing less of the omega-3s than the bottle had promised, or for being spoiled.


Solutions:

  • Watch out for claims on the bottle, such as “pharmaceutical grade,” which is not an actual FDA certification.
Tod Cooperman, MD

Article written by Tod Cooperman, MD
President, ConsumerLab.com