Be Savvy when it comes to buying dietary supplements. Ordinary Vitamins & Minerals are not the only ingredients in the supplements of today. There are a lot of others including less familiar ingredients like Amino Acids, Herbal Botanicals, as well as enzymes. You should speak to a physician before combining them with or replacing any food for one of these supplements. People should not to self diagnose medical conditions but should always consult a health care provider to optimize their health.

* Be aware that there is almost never a quick fix to serious medical problems. Be wary of any claims that stray from tested medical knowledge & promises a quick fix all solution. Think twice before chasing headlines.

* Some substances can be very harmful when consumed in high volume over periods of time. More is not always better & it can be a lot worse in some cases. Take care not to over do any supplement in your diet.

* If something sounds like it is to good to be true it usually is. Learn to pick up on these claims early & you will save your self a lot of time, money & possibly even keep yourself from experiencing some pretty harsh effect s in some cases.

* Other statements made on packaging that should raise a red flag & encourage more research are Money Back Guarantees, claims that it is totally safe or that it cures disease.

Another area to consider is if the product is truly worth the price being asked for it. Some supplements that pressure you to purchase on the spot have a much cheaper alternative if you do proper research on your own time. Others have large quantities of ingredients that you can not readily process when you take them such as vitamin C or B. These ingredients are eventually eliminated in the urine & have no effect at all on the body.

The decision to use dietary supplements should not be taken lightly. Vitamins are not dangerous unless you take too many of them. More is not better with supplements this is especially the case if you take fat soluble vitamins. The National Academy of Sciences has upper limits for the amount of certain vitamins. You should not exceed these limits in any given day for any reason. The list of possible side effects from too many vitamins includes:
* Vitamin A – vomiting, Nausea, dizziness, headache, clumsiness, blurred vision, liver problems, birth defects & possible risk of osteoporosis.
* Vitamin D – vomiting, Nausea, constipation, poor appetite, weight loss, weakness, heart rhythm problems, confusion, deposits of calcium & phosphate in soft tissues.
* B 3 – Flushing, upset stomach, redness of the skin.
* B 6 – Pain, Numbness in the limbs caused by nerve damage & trouble walking.
* C – Kidney stones, upset stomach, increased iron absorption rate.
* Folic Acid – High levels especially in older adults may, hide the signs of a B 12 deficiency which is a condition that can cause nerve damage.