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When it comes to natural supplements even Mother cannot say which is the “best whole food supplement” or the “best multi vitamin”, because there is not one. There is only “the best whole supplement for this person or that person”, and the “best multi vitamin for you or me”.
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Dietary supplements, containing vitamins, are used to ensure that adequate amounts of nutrients are obtained on a daily basis, if optimal amounts of the nutrients cannot be obtained through a varied diet.
Dietary supplements, often containing vitamins, are used to ensure that adequate amounts of nutrients are obtained on a daily basis, if optimal amounts of the nutrients cannot be obtained through a varied diet.
Scientific evidence supporting the benefits of some vitamin supplements is well established for certain health conditions, but others need further study.
In some cases, vitamin supplements may have unwanted effects, especially if taken before surgery, with other dietary supplements or medicines, or if the person taking them has certain health conditions.
Dietary supplements may also contain levels of vitamins many times higher, and in different forms, than one may ingest through food. **
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There have been mixed studies on the importance and safety of dietary supplementation.
One study released in May 2009 found that antioxidants such as vitamins C and E may actually curb some benefits of exercise.
A meta-analysis published in 2006 suggested that Vitamin A and E supplements not only provide no tangible health benefits for generally healthy individuals, but may actually increase mortality, although two large studies included in the analysis involved smokers, for which it was already known that beta-carotene supplements can be harmful.
National Institutes of Health (NIH) suggests that developments in vitamin E research show that the studies are flawed, and that “evidence for toxicity of a specific form of tocopherol in excess may not be used to conclude that high-dosage "vitamin E" supplementation may increase all-cause mortality.”
Moreover, NIH states that “the diets of most Americans provide less than the RDA levels of vitamin E.”
The majority of the medical community appears to agree with popular consensus that dietary supplementation is important.
In a peer reviewed study, Council for Responsible Nutrition found that “72 percent of physicians and 89 percent of nurses used dietary supplements and that 79 percent of physicians and 82 percent of nurses said that they recommend dietary supplements to their patients.” **
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Governmental regulation of vitamin supplements
Most countries place dietary supplements in a special category under the general umbrella of foods, not drugs.
This necessitates that the manufacturer, and not the government, be responsible for ensuring that its dietary supplement products are safe before they are marketed.
Regulation varies depending on the country. In the E.U., the Food Supplements Directive requires that only those supplements that have been proven safe can be sold without a prescription. **
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In the United States, a dietary supplement is defined under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA).
In addition, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) uses the Adverse Event Reporting System (AERS) to monitor for new adverse events and errors that might occur with these marketed supplements.
The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) also requires that manufacturers and distributors who wish to market dietary supplements that contain "new dietary ingredients" give notification to FDA, which must include information that a dietary supplement containing a new ingredient will “reasonably be expected to be safe under the conditions of use recommended or suggested in the labeling.” **
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Many countries have welcomed guidance from International Alliance of Dietary Supplement Associations (IADSA), an expert organization that aims to build an international platform for the development of the food supplement sector worldwide.
The climate is constantly changing in the dietary supplement industry, and will most likely continue to evolve. See also the “Regulation” section of Dietary Supplements. **
A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantity in a person's diet.
Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while in others they are defined as drugs or natural health products. *
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Supplements containing vitamins or dietary minerals are included as a category of food in the Codex Alimentarius, a collection of internationally recognized standards, codes of practice, guidelines and other recommendations relating to foods, food production and food safety.
These texts are drawn up by the Codex Alimentarius Commission, an organization that is sponsored by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). *
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In the United States, a dietary supplement is defined under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA) as a product that is intended to supplement the diet and contains any of the following dietary ingredients:
- a vitamin
- a mineral
- an herb or other botanical (excluding tobacco)
- an amino acid
- a concentrate, metabolite, constituent, extract, or combination of any of the above
Furthermore, it must also conform to the following criteria:
- intended for ingestion in pill, capsule, tablet, powder or liquid form
- not represented for use as a conventional food or as the sole item of a meal or diet
- labeled as a "dietary supplement"
The hormones DHEA (a steroid), pregnenolone (also a steroid) and the pineal hormone melatonin are marketed as dietary supplements in the US. *
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The Food Supplements Directive of 2002 requires that supplements be demonstrated to be safe, both in quantity and quality.
By definition, vitamins and minerals are essential, i.e. the body cannot make them, so they must be obtained exogenously or from the diet, but excessive intakes can be harmful, notably Vitamin A.
Consequently, only those supplements that have been proven to be safe may be sold without prescription.
As a category of food, food supplements cannot be labeled with drug claims in the bloc but can bear health claims and nutrition claims. *
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The dietary supplements industry in the UK, one of the 27 countries in the European Union, strongly opposed the Directive.
In addition, a large number of consumers throughout Europe, including over one million in the UK, and many doctors and scientists, had signed petitions
by 2005 against what are viewed by the petitioners as unjustified restrictions of consumer choice.
In 2004, along with two British trade associations, the Alliance for Natural Health had a legal challenge to the European Union's Food Supplements Directive referred to the European Court of Justice by the High Court in London.
Although the European Court of Justice's Advocate General subsequently said that the EU's plan to tighten rules on the sale of vitamins and food supplements should be scrapped, he was eventually overruled by the European Court, which decided that the measures in question were necessary and appropriate for the purpose of protecting public health.
ANH, however, interpreted the ban as applying only to synthetically produced supplements—and not to vitamins and minerals normally found in or consumed as part of the diet.
Nevertheless, the European judges did acknowledge the Advocate General's concerns, stating that there must be clear procedures to allow substances to be added to the permitted list based on scientific evidence. They also said that any refusal to add a product to the list must be open to challenge in the courts. *
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A survey conducted in Ireland in 2001, of adults aged 18-64 years, suggested that with the possible exception of niacin (flushing) and vitamin B6 (neuropathy), there appears to be little risk of the occurrence of adverse effects due to excessive consumption of vitamins in this population, based on current dietary practices. *
Under the FDA's final rule on good manufacturing practices, quality is defined as meaning "that the dietary supplement consistently meets the established specifications for identity, purity, strength, and composition and has been manufactured, packaged, labeled, and held under conditions to prevent adulteration under section 402(a)(1), (a)(2), (a)(3), and (a)(4) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act".
The new regulations allow FDA inspectors to look at a company's records upon request.
However, enforcement could be difficult given the number of supplement manufacturers and the 16% decline in FDA investigators from 2003 to 2006.
Much of the contamination is due to poor raw ingredients.
Suppliers provide certificates of analysis stating that they have tested the material.
Under the 2003 proposed rule, manufacturers would have been required to retest the supplied ingredients.
Under the final rule, testing for identity is always required.
Other retesting is not required if the manufacturer has verified the reliability of the ingredient supplier.
In the U.S., contamination and false labeling are "not uncommon".
Independent certification programs exist, but these may have problems as well.
United States Pharmacopeia manages the Dietary Supplement Verification Program (DSVP).
Its USP Verified Mark seal indicates that the product has been tested for integrity, purity, dissolution, and safe manufacturing, and it is the only certification program which conducts random off-the-shelf testing.
The USP program will not certify products which contain ingredients that the USP's Dietary Supplement Information Expert Committee determines have a safety risk.
ConsumerLab.com randomly tests some dietary supplements and makes the results available to subscribers.
It has reported that 25% of the supplements it tests have problems, and for multivitamins about half had problems.
In 2008 ConsumerLab criticized the USP for proposing a 10 microgram perdaily serving limit on lead in dietary supplements and drugs.
It noted that under the FDA's 2006 guidance on lead in candy, only 0.2 micrograms of lead per serving are allowed.
NSF International, HFL Sport Science, and the Natural Products Association also have dietary supplement certification programs. ***
*** Read an article in Wikipedia with references and links Sep 5, 2011
*** Dietary supplement. (2011, August 28). In Wikipedia,
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****** Read an article in Wikipedia with references and links July 30, 2012
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**** Vitamin. (2011, August 27). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.
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***** Read an article in Wikipedia with references and links July 30, 2012
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There is a best nutritional supplement for the person looking for calcium supplements, which would be one of the calcium supplements that has the requirements, that the individual needs, who is looking for it. Even requirements can change from individual to individual. From one person to another the individual needs are different. From child to adult, man to woman, and still person to person, according to what they weigh, and what they eat, etc., their needs are all personalized to them.
One person may have a folic acid deficiency, and the next person may need to supplement with krill oil for better EFAs in their diet because they are not eating a good diet. The next person may be eating a good Mediterranean diet and not need to supplement at all. There are also people who cannot swallow pills, like Mother, and need to get a liquid multi vitamin.
When you are buying supplements, you can look for cheap supplements or discount nutritional supplements, or you can get the quality of good health supplements by shopping around and looking for what you need. Here at ShopMotherEarth.com mother tries to give you the information you need to make that decision. She gives you information about health and supplements, and vitamins and herbs so that you can research it a little for yourself all in one place, and then buy your nutritional supplements online with Mother and save money too. ShopmotherEarth.com is a one stop shopping experience for you when it comes to supplements. Mother has provided you with a sort of online dictionary of online vitamins and supplements for your shopping ease.
Mother has also tried those drinks that come in a can that they try to sell as energy drinks. The first time she tried a Red Bull Energy Drink she was driving and had been for 7 hours and she had been awake for 12 before that. She stopped and bought a Red Bull energy drink, so they call it, but she never got the chance to find out exactly how good it was because it tasted worse than anything else she had ever tasted. It was the only thing they had with which to try and stay awake at one of those gas stations in the middle of nowhere that she came across on her journey. She managed about half of it, sipping it until she was home.
Then there was the night Mother could not stay awake so badly, that she was slapping her face to get through the last hour of driving home. She barely made it. The next time she was in that tired state she stopped and found a Rock Star energy drink, and a Monster energy drink. She read them all and decided to get the Rock Star energy drink that said lemon flavored, or maybe it said Monster energy drink, at this point in time Mother has forgotten which it was. Mother figured she could not go wrong with lemon, versus flavors like fruit punch, wild raspberry and the like.
Well it certainly got her home and she drank those for a while every time she had to drive that road. The thing is, that they are not good for you at all and soon Mother found that she could take some Essentials(click here to see these great herbal energy products that are good for you too) which are made to give you energy without caffein or the crash.
Now if you are looking for anti aging vitamins or body building supplements, or even diet supplements, joint supplements, and protein supplements, you should be checking out herbs as well as supplements, and even vitamins that do just what you need them to do. Something might say on the label “boost immune system”, and this is great but if it does not do what you need it to do then don’t buy it.
There lots of brands that are good, like Solgar vitamins, irwin naturals, Dr. Weil Vitamins, and Nature Made vitamins, but once again you must find what is good for you, and if those brands do not make it, then look further to other brands. If you have vitamin b12 deficiency symptoms then you need to buy some vitamin b12. However you also need to take a vitamin B complex. The B vitamins work the best when taken together in their full spectrum.
If you have arthritis and you want natural arthritis pain relief then you should be looking into homeopathic remedies like arnica and other homeopathic remedies.
Whatever you need Mother tries to have some of it, or information about what you need here at ShopMotherearth.com. Mother tries to get this all on here so you do not have to do the work yourself searching through all the websites to find the information and then find somewhere to buy what you want. It is all right here at ShopMotherEarth.com. You should take your multi vitamins daily and take what other natural supplements you need.
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