Using Dietary Supplements Wisely

Before taking a dietary supplement, Dr. Briggs wants you to ask yourself these 5 questions.

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DR. RODGERS: It's important to be an informed consumer if you're thinking about or currently using a dietary supplement.

Hi, I'm Dr. Griffin Rodgers with the National Institutes of Health.

My colleague, Dr. Josie Briggs, director of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health at NIH, has some tips:

DR. BRIGGS: Before taking a dietary supplement, ask yourself these questions:

  • What are the health benefits?
  • What are the benefits for me?
  • Are there safety risks?
  • How much should I take?
  • How long should I take it?

Some supplements may claim to be natural, but that doesn't always mean safe. Their ingredients may interact with other medications or, in fact, may be unsafe for people with health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart disease.

Be sure to tell your doctor if you are taking any dietary supplements.

DR. RODGERS: Be an informed consumer. Follow us on Twitter @HealthyMoments for more information. This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers with the NIH.

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