With so much conflicting information out there about supplements and possible drug interactions, I wanted to provide you all with some resources; so that you can make informed decisions about what you are putting in your body. First and foremost, before you begin to take any additional herbs or supplements, please check with your primary care doctor for possible drug interactions.
There are several independent organizations that conduct reliable research on supplements. I will provide a brief description of these organizations and their links below.
Consumer Labs conducts product tests to identify the best quality health and nutrition products through independent testing. They have been around for more than 20 years and offer a very comprehensive database. They test everything from protein bars to fish oil.
The ABC is an independent nonprofit research and education organization dedicated to providing accurate and reliable information for consumers, healthcare practitioners, researchers and educators. The goal is to assist the public in making educated, responsible choices about herbal medicine as an accepted part of healthcare.
The NIH is affiliated with US Department of Health and Human Services. They offer evidence-based research for both health professionals and consumers on specific vitamins, minerals and herbs, along with food, drug and herbal interactions.
Ideally, we want to get everything that we need from our food, however; if you do decide that a supplement may be beneficial, now you have some resources to determine which product will best suit your needs.
Written By: Marlene Dickinson
Director of Wellness/Holistic Wellness Coach
(978) 526-8900 x 362