Did you know that some brands of vitamins and other supplements do not contain the amount of ingredients listed on the labels? Or that some may contain high levels of lead? Or that some do not dissolve adequately? One of the Library's databases, ConsumerLab
, can give you some guidance in selecting products that have been tested and approved. You can find this database listed under the Library's "Health and Medical category.
is a privately-held company that contracts with independent laboratories to test the quality of different brands of vitamins, supplements, and nutrition products - and then reports the findings to the public. The "Products Tests" section of the database has, for example, reports on various brands of multivitamins, vitamin C, vitamin D, fish oil, probiotics, ginkgo, and arthritis supplements.
And if you're wondering which supplements may help a certain medical condition, take a look at the "Natural Treatment Encyclopedia" section.
Be extremely cautious. Make sure you talk with your healthcare professional before taking any supplement, since a product that can help one person can be harmful to another.