Carlotta Mast, Senior Vice President of Content and Market Leader

July 31, 2006

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Choosing safe supplements

Tip>> Consult an expert A naturopathic physician (ND) or certified nutrition specialist (CNS) can customize your supplement program, recommend brands and dosages, and make sure you're mixing medications safely, Nevels says. Trained sales consultants at your local natural products store can also help explain labels and offer feedback from other customers.

Tip>> Go online U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations allow only limited information to be printed on a supplement's label, Lieberman says. Independent (and free) online information resources include and For a small fee, you can research specific companies and brands at

Tip>> Choose the real deal Supplements can be expensive, so shop around for discounts on high-quality brands. But be warned, says Lieberman: If one brand's regular price for a given supplement is substantially lower than that of most other brands, it is probably not of the same quality.

Sources: Shari Lieberman, PhD, CNS, FACN; and Jennifer Nevels, NMD.

About the Author(s)

Carlotta Mast

Senior Vice President of Content and Market Leader, New Hope Network

Carlotta leads the New Hope Network Content Team, producing all content and conference programming for Natural Products Expos, NBJ Summit, Esca Bona, Nutrition Capital Network, Natural Foods Merchandiser,, Nutrition Business Journal and the NEXT portfolio. In addition she is the chief author of the NEXT Natural Products Industry Forecast. With 20 years of experience, Carlotta has her finger on the pulse of new health, wellness and natural product trends and the forces shaping consumer attitudes and behaviors.

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