Get advice before taking a supplement pills

Most people who take food supplements don’t check first with their doctor or a dietitian. If you are thinking about trying a supplement, here are a couple of important points to bear in mind:

Do watch out for unreasonable health claims

Don’t mix food supplements and medicines

Some food supplements can interact with medicines. So if you are taking any medication, seek advice from either a GP or dietitian.

Do eat a healthy, balanced diet

Eat a variety of foods, including whole grains, fruit and vegetables, lean meat and fish.

Eat only small amounts of sugary and fatty foods such as chocolate, biscuits and crisps.

Don’t take more than the recommended daily dose

Taking too much of a supplement can be harmful, or even toxic. If the manufacturer
recommends just one a day, two are unlikely to be any better for you, and may even
be harmful.

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