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Save Money – Take a Closer Look at your Dietary Supplements
September 22, 2010, 12:14 am
Filed under: Dietary Supplements

Americans spend billions of dollars each year on dietary supplements.  Is all of this money worth it or should we be spending our hard earned money on other things?  Dietary supplements are regulated under the 1994 Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA). This law established the definition and labeling guidelines for supplements but did not ensure the safety, effectiveness or quality of these products.  As a result, we need to critically evaluate supplements before deciding whether they could help or potentially harm our health. 

Don’t just listen to what it says on the company website or what the sales person tells you at the supplement shop.  These companies want to make money so they tell you what they think you want to hear, even if it is false or misleading.  In general, stay away from “.com” websites and instead look for information that comes from the government (.gov), universities (.edu), and professional or non-profit organizations (.org). 

A Registered Dietitian can be a helpful resource when taking on the often overwhelming task of evaluating dietary supplements.  If you have questions about the supplements you’re taking or are considering taking, we’d be happy to answer them.  We’ve saved our patients thousands of dollars by helping them pare down their supplements to the ones that are safe and proven to be effective.  To schedule an appointment with one of our Registered Dietitians, please call 949-933-6788. 

This information was brought to you by OC Nutrition, Your Trusted Source for Health & Nutrition Advice.  OC Nutrition offers nutrition counseling services over the phone or in person in Newport Beach, Irvine, Orange, Anaheim Hills, Chino, Glendora and Long Beach.  If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact:

Kristy L. Richardson, MS, MPH, RD, CSSD, CHES
Registered Dietitian & Exercise Physiologist
(949) 933-6788

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