Thursday, 15 November 2007

Do your supplements really have what's on the label?

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Those bargain-basement vitamins and supplements from the local supermarket may be filled with a bunch of cheap filler ingredients and may also have different amounts of some substances that vary from the stated label amounts. Surprised? Shouldn't be. Real supplements with real ingredients and efficacy aren't sold for $6.99.

The USP (United States Pharmacopeia) rates and measures the component amounts in many supplements to ensure compliance with stated labels, so always look for the "USP" label on those supplement bottles.

It never hurts to do research on the supplement manufacturer as well. Ask questions, get medical data and ingredient sources and other types of information before making a decision on supplement regimen. Remember, it's your health.

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