(StatePoint) The supplement industry is booming, with more than four in five Americans taking vitamins or supplements, according to a recent Harris Poll on behalf of the American Osteopathic Association. Despite their popularity, the FDA does not test supplements or their ingredients for efficacy, safety, or quality.
To help you navigate this largely unregulated industry, NovaFerrum, a leading manufacturer of iron supplements for children and adults whose products have been clinically proven to be safe, effective and well tolerated, offers the following introduction:
• Good supply. Where it comes from is almost as important as what’s in it. Manufacturers can cut corners by working with substandard global suppliers or operating in places that require little oversight. Look for products sourced and made in the USA, such as NovaFerrum.
• Appropriate dosage. There is a wide variation in the amount of active ingredients in each supplement. Some iron supplements, for example, contain only slightly more iron than a glass of tap water. Make sure you get what you pay for. On the other hand, taking too high a dose can be dangerous. Know the tolerable upper intake level or UL (the maximum amount you can ingest without negative side effects) of each supplement you take.
• True product claims. Don’t be fooled by unsupported third-party product claims. The “certified gluten-free” symbol on food packaging means that strict measures have been followed to prevent gluten cross-contamination and that the food has been independently tested by a third party. Similarly, many products are listed as vegan, kosher, and halal, but savvy consumers know to look for those that are certified vegan and certified Etimad Halal or Kosher.
• The right ingredients. While organic is a good thing when buying vegetables, it may not be the best approach for products that require a shelf life. Some popular “all-natural” supplements have been recalled due to bacterial contamination. Without some level of preservative, harmful bacteria can grow in liquid supplements and make users seriously ill.
• Trustworthy brands. The supplement industry has seen a number of lawsuits and recalls for issues related to ineffectiveness and adverse effects. Do your homework.
• Science-backed products. Don’t trust your family’s health to formula prepared in a kitchen sink. Look for scientifically proven solutions based on years of pharmaceutical and healthcare experience and recommended by licensed healthcare professionals. Choose only supplements that have voluntarily gone through large-scale clinical trials over several years to prove they are safe, effective, and well tolerated.
• Easy to swallow. Look for products for babies and children that taste good enough for them to take. NovaFerrum’s pediatric drops and chewable tablets, for example, come in flavors like chocolate and raspberry grape. Also, when it comes to iron supplements, stick to formulations that reduce iron-related gastrointestinal side effects often experienced by people of all ages.
• Doctor-approved solutions. What you put into your body impacts your health in multiple ways, so choosing a supplement is essentially a medical decision. Don’t rely on slick advertising. Always seek the advice of your doctor.
For more information about NovaFerrum, its iron supplements, or its clinical trial, visit novaferrum.com.
“Whether you’re taking supplements for athletic performance, to fill nutritional gaps, or to improve your well-being, making wise choices is essential,” says Patrick Monsivais, CEO of NovaFerrum. “The good news is that with a little research, you can determine which are effective and made from high-quality ingredients, and which are a waste of money or, worse, potentially harmful.”