Supplement Savvy

Nearly two-thirds of people take dietary supplements to support their health. But how can you trust that what is on the label is actually in the bottle? The quality of supplements varies greatly. Unfortunately there have been numerous reports of products being found to contain less than or no active ingredients and worse yet, harmful contaminants.

Dietary supplements are not regulated in the same stringent way as drugs. One of the best ways you can be sure you are taking a quality supplement is to choose products that have the USP Verified Mark on the bottle.

The United States Pharmacopeia (USP) is an independent, science-based nonprofit organization that sets official standards for the quality of drugs and supplements. I have partnered with the USP in their Trust in Quality campaign to help increase awareness about this important issue.

The USP Verified Mark on a supplement label is assurance that what is on the label is in the bottle. As part of their verification process the USP tests products to ensure they contain the right ingredient in the amount stated on the label and that they are free from unwanted contaminants. They also check to make sure that the supplement will dissolve in the body so that it can be absorbed and that it is manufactured according to good manufacturing practices (GMP).

Always check with your pharmacist before taking any over the counter medication or supplements.

For more information about choosing quality supplements click here.