Making Sense of Supplements
“You can take out your smart phone right now and access endless amounts of information on nutritional supplements, says supplement expert Tieraona Low Dog, MD, author of Fortify Your Life: Your Guide to Vitamins, Minerals, and More. “But the question is: Do you know what to do with that information? Does it leave you feeling overwhelmed and unsure of whether you’re getting what your body needs without overdoing it?”
I think a lot of people would answer yes to that second question. The world of dietary supplements is vast and, at times, bewildering. It’s hard to know if you’re buying the right products for your particular health concerns. Or, you might be taking supplements that you don’t need. “I always ask my patients to bring all of their supplements with them to their appointments,” says Low Dog. “When I ask why they are taking certain products, many are unable to tell me why. They frequently admit that they’re not sure whether a supplement is working for them, or how much they should be taking.”
This is one of the reasons Low Dog wrote Fortify Your Life— to empower people to take control of their own health and demystify vitamins, minerals, herbs, and other nutrients. It’s one of the best books I’ve seen on the topic. We have an exclusive excerpt of this book on p. 46 in “Your Supplement Questions, Answered,” where Low Dog responds to some of the most commonly asked questions about supplements, including how to tell if a supplement is high- quality and how to know which dosage is right for you. Getting educated about supplements is essential to experiencing the full health benefi ts of them.
To learn more about Tieraona Low Dog, MD, check out drlowdog. com. For more supplement tips, including information about the easiest- to- absorb forms of key vitamins and minerals, see “Go Natural in 90” on p. 35.