From my several years of experience in a community pharmacy outlet, not all customers are sick or need urgent attention but there is a general idea of taking supplements to balance their diets. Hence, the most common question from our customers in this category is “Which drug can help me eat well?” or “I want to feel and look healthier” etc. Dietary supplement recommendations can be found everywhere — on commercials, through social media influencers, and from your neighbors, friends, and family. Amidst the noise, it can be hard to know which supplement — if any — is right for you.
Though many supplements are certainly beneficial to your health, evidence varies widely, and it’s important to know which can benefit your health and which may be harmful.
Now let me answer your questions?
Whether they’re spilling out of your medicine cabinet or filing your bathroom countertop, you’re not alone if you’re one of the millions of Nigerians who take a vitamin or supplement each day.
You may be trying to combat a vitamin deficiency or lower your risk of certain diseases —- or you may just feel proactive about your health after popping a supplement that promises to improve your health.
The Truth about Supplements
“The most important thing to remember is to be smart when choosing a supplement,” says Dr. Millstein.
Your first step should be discussing your options with your healthcare provider, since a dietary supplement effectiveness and safety may depend on your individual situation and health.
On top of that, keep these simple tips in mind as you choose a supplement:
- Take supplements as directed according to the label and your healthcare provider’s instructions.
- Read the label, including ingredients, drug interactions, and percent daily value (% DV).
- Be wary of extreme claims, such as “completely safe” or “works better than (insert prescription drug).”
- Remember that the term “natural” doesn’t necessarily equal “safe.”
- Keep supplements stored properly and away from children.
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