Frequently Asked Questions on Vitamin Supplements

Is it safe to take OTC dietry supplements?

It is always advisable to consult your doctor before starting supplements if you are pregnant, nursing a baby, or have a chronic medical condition, such as, diabetes, hypertension or heart disease.

What does the word "standardized" on a supplement label mean?

"Standardized" on the label means that manufacturers ensure every batch of their products is produced in a consistent way, with the same ingredients and same concentration of ingredients. It is usually a term that refers to extracts from plants (herbal medicines), which contain a specific percentage of active ingredient(s). However, the term “standardized” does not necessarily reflect the quality of the product.

What is a ''proprietary blend?''

A "proprietary blend" is a combination of ingredients used exclusively by one supplement manufacturer. No other company produces the exact same combination of ingredients.

What is the difference between RDA and DV?

Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) is the amount of a certain nutrient you should get each day based on your age, gender, and whether you are pregnant or breastfeeding. DV stands for Daily Value. This value represents how much of a nutrient the supplement provides in regards to the total daily diet.

What role do vitamins play in nutrition?

Vitamins have multiple functions and are essential to your well-being and to maintain normal body functions. Vitamins are essential to maintain a good eyesight, energy levels, cell growth, bone health, a healthy immune system, blood coagulation, etc.. Your body needs sufficient vitamins to function properly.

How soon should you start taking prenatal vitamins during pregnancy?

During the first month of pregnancy, the baby''s neural tube starts to develop, which later develops into the brain and spinal cord. Because most women do not know they are pregnant at that point, it is recommended that any woman contemplating conceiving should start taking prenatal vitamins at least three months beforehand.