Dietary supplements today can contain not only vitamins and minerals, but also herbals, botanicals, amino acids, enzymes and more, according to the Food and Drug AdministrationOff Site Icon (FDA).
The FDA recommends that you only use supplements if they are recommended by your doctor. It also recommends following these guidelines before buying and using supplements:
Avoid “quick fix” supplements that are part of a current trend
Don’t take too much because some supplements can be dangerous if taken in high amounts
Learn to spot false claims made on some supplement labels
The American Academy of Orthopaedic SurgeonsOff Site Icon (AAOS) states that patients should discuss the use of each supplement with a physician before using it.