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How To Choose And Use Supplements — And Why They’re Good For You

  • By Shawn Talbott, PhD
  • Published Aug. 1, 2013
  • Updated Aug. 2, 2013 at 1:07 PM UTC
Supplements come in a variety of forms and brands. Do your homework before buying some. Photo: www.shutterstock.com

Choosing A Supplement

In choosing dietary supplements, ask the following questions:

- Is it safe and legal?

- Do the product’s claims make sense?

- Do studies exist on the actual finished product (not the individual ingredients), and were those studies conducted in endurance athletes?

- Was the amount of the supplement in the study the same as the recommended amount on the label?

- Is it right for you (do you need something for general nutrition or endurance or recovery or nothing at all)?

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