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How to Tell if Your Dietary Supplements Are Safe

How to Tell if Your Dietary Supplements Are Safe

Are you ready to take charge of your health and start taking supplements to make sure your body has enough nutrients? But how do you know if your supplements are safe?

Emilia E. Murray, MD, is a board-certified internal medicine physician who is well-versed in nutritional supplements. She leads our team at Murray’s Health & Wellness in Naples, Florida, where we provide guidance on how to choose the right supplements.

What are dietary supplements?

Dietary supplements are one or any combination of the following:

When determining what supplements are best for your health, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says it’s a good idea to check with your doctor before taking supplements.

Why dietary supplements are important for your health

Your diet plays one of the biggest roles in your health. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always provide an adequate amount of vitamins and minerals on a daily basis. To fill in the gaps, we recommend that you take nutritional supplements to maintain good health.

But before taking supplements, talk to Dr. Murray first, because not all supplements are safe, even though you don’t need a prescription to take them. 

How to know if your supplements are safe

Did you know that some supplements can cause side effects, especially if you take them before surgery or with other medicines? That’s why you need to know what you’re taking. 

The FDA regulates dietary supplements, which can’t claim to treat, cure, or prevent a disease. 

Research and evidence does suggest that supplements can enhance your health in different ways. For example, fish oil can promote heart health, vitamins C and E can prevent damage to your cells, and vitamin B12 promotes nerve and blood cell health.

You need our professional insight when choosing nutritional supplements to know what’s right for you. Certain supplements can harm your body and react with medications. For instance, if you’re on blood thinner medication, vitamin K can reduce its effects.

You also need to take the right dosage because too much of certain supplements can be harmful to your health.

Dr. Murray uses two brands of supplements of the highest quality, so you can trust the ingredients and know they work: Life Extension® and Nature’s Sunshine®. She can help you with the right combination of supplements specifically for you.

To learn more about supplements and how the right ones can benefit your health, call our friendly office staff in Naples, Florida, or request an appointment through this website today.

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