You’ve got ques­tions—lots of them! Tieraona Low Dog, MD, au­thor of For­tify Your Life, has the an­swers.

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When it comes to tak­ing your vi­ta­mins, min­er­als, fish oils, pro­bi­otics, and other sup­ple­ments, you have ques­tions. Lots of them! Ques­tions like, What’s the best time of day to take them? Can you take them all at once? What’s the best place to store them? We heard you. We turned to Tieraona Low Dog, MD, au­thor of For­tify Your Life: Your Guide to Vi­ta­mins, Min­er­als, and More, for an­swers to some of your most com­mon queries.

How can I be sure I’m buy­ing a qual­ity sup­ple­ment?

Stick with rep­utable brands man­u­fac­tured in the U.S. Most of the re­ally dis­turb­ing news about “sup­ple­ments” is not about vi­ta­mins, min­er­als, or com­mon nu­tri­tional sup­ple­ments, which gen­er­ally con­tain what they claim on their la­bels. Steer clear of her­bal prod­ucts com­ing out of China and India that have been found on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions to be adul­ter­ated with un­de­clared pre­scrip­tion drugs, as well as con­tain­ing high lev­els of lead, mer­cury, an/or ar­senic.

Also, look for third-party seals such as the United States Phar­ma­copeia, a non­pro t sci­enti c or­ga­ni­za­tion that sets stan­dards for the iden­tity, strength, qual­ity, and pu­rity of di­etary sup­ple­ments man­u­fac­tured, dis­trib­uted, and con­sumed world­wide; NSF In­ter­na­tional, an in­de­pen­dent or­ga­ni­za­tion of sci­en­tists and pub­lic health ex­perts that sets stan­dards for sup­ple­ments and tests and certi es them; and Con­sumer Labs, a pri­vate com­pany that tests nu­mer­ous branded prod­ucts and al­lows com­pa­nies that pass its qual­ity tests to use its seal.

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