Dietary supplements are expensive, so if you find your
wallet is getting thin, invest in a professional opinion
before you make another trip to the health food store. A
nutrition consultation typically costs between $50 and
$100—the same amount of money that many consumers
usually spend per month on dietary supplements.
Quality does matter. Lower cost,
“value-priced” dietary supplements may contain fillers,
additives and coal tars that can cause stomach upset or
allergic reactions. The purity of the product is one of
the most important characteristics of a reputable
vitamin brand and something you can readily check by
contacting the manufacturer and asking for independent
testing results. Be aware of companies that supply
internal graphs or charts on their products that could
be construed as evidence-based research.
Be respectful of your loved one’s decision to
take nutritional supplements. Even if you don’t
agree, reduce a potential stressful situation by gently
encouraging them to seek professional guidance about
their supplement choices. On the other hand, listen to
and respect your loved one’s wishes not to take dietary
supplements, even if you think they should.
The vitamin aisle should be no place for
confusion! Use the above strategies to evaluate
the safety and efficacy of dietary supplements so that
you can feel confident that you are making responsible
nutrition supplement decisions on behalf of your loved
Kim Dalzell is a nationally
recognized expert on holistic nutrition, professional
speaker, registered dietitian and award-winning author.