In addition to prescription medications, supplements can help improve overall health of those with arthritis. With a wide variety of supplements available, it’s important to pay attention to what you are purchasing. Here are some tips for shopping for supplements.
Talk to Your Doctor
Your health care team should be a primary resource. They can recommend specific ones that may help with your arthritis and warn against ones that will interfere with your prescription medications. They can also share other patients’ experiences with supplement use.
Find a Reputable Manufacturer
Since vitamins and supplements don’t have to be FDA approved, it’s important to find a legitimate manufacturer. Sites such as Consumer Lab provide quality standards for supplements and vitamins sold in stores, pharmacies, magazines, and through online distributors. Look on the bottles for certifications from organizations, such as USP (United States Pharmacopeia) or NSF International.
Look at the Ingredients
Supplements can often be loaded with unnecessary fillers. Be sure to carefully read the label and know what ingredients are in your supplement. You may have to shop around to find the best quality supplement with the least number of unnecessary ingredients.
Cost Does Not Mean Better Quality
Typically, better quality ingredients command higher prices, so you may automatically avoid the cheapest option available. However, supplements can be a little different. Other factors may affect price. For instance, supplements that are popular with current fads can often be inflated in price. Put more emphasis on the ingredients and quality standard seal than the price tag.
Consider the Form of Supplement
Supplements can come in various forms such as powder, liquids and capsules. Most often choosing a supplement’s form is simply a matter of preference, but various forms can interact very differently in your body. Talk to your doctor about what form they recommend for you.
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