Have a question about a dietary supplement? Here’s where to go for answers
You know you need to eat a variety of healthy foods every day to stay healthy. But you may wonder if that’s enough. Should you also be taking supplements? Which ones and how much? Are they safe? Do they work? Will they interact with your medications?
With more than 50,000 supplement products to choose from — pills, powders, drinks, bars — it can be overwhelming. If you go by what you see on daytime talk shows and late night infomercials, these products will help you lose weight without diet or exercise, protect you against colds and flu, keep your heart, brain or liver healthy, and much, much more. But where can you go to cut through the hype and get reliable information?
The federal Office of Dietary Supplements is one excellent source. Part of the National Institutes of Health, the ODS conducts, funds and evaluates research on dietary supplements. They know what works and what doesn’t, what’s safe, and what still needs to be studied.
If those marketing claims for dietary supplements are hard to swallow, and you’re hungry for accurate, science-based information that’s easy to digest, the Office of Dietary Supplements can help. Check out these videos from ODS:
And visit ODS.OD.NIH.GOV for more information.