Nutritionist offers advice on vitamins, dietary supplements

by Lindsey Elliott

Before taking a daily vitamin or dietary supplement, you might want to think about what you're really consuming, says a Kansas State University human nutritionist.

"Supplements are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration like other drugs are regulated, which is something I think a lot of people don't realize," said Brian Lindshield, assistant professor of human nutrition.

Lindshield researches supplements to see if the listed on the label actually match what is found in the bottle. His recent research found that prostate supplements, which may reduce the risk of , are usually true to the label.

"Our research found that the prostate supplements that listed the ingredients on the bottle were the ones that generally contained those ingredients," Lindshield said.

If you want to get the most accurate product, Lindshield says look for the bottles with the more descriptive labels. Also, paying a little extra will usually get you the ingredients you are seeking.

"You should probably avoid buying the cheapest supplement available because if the manufacturer is cutting corners to get the price really cheap, they probably are not going through the same amount of standard that the manufacturers of more expensive products are," Lindshield said.

Another tip: Don't expect supplements to make up for a bad diet.

"Vitamins and minerals will prevent deficiency, but it's not going to make up for a lot of the chronic disease risks that come with an unhealthy diet," Lindshield said.

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