Do Health Supplements Really Work?

Posted on May 24, 2011


Health supplements are vitamins, minerals, herbs and other substances meant to improve your diet. Unlike drugs, supplements do not have to go through testing; they are not intended to treat, diagnose, prevent, or cure diseases.

To take a supplement as safely as possible

  • Tell your doctor about any dietary supplements you use
  • Do not take a bigger dose than the label recommends
  • Stop taking it if you have side effects
  • Read trustworthy information about the supplement

When choosing a supplement, it is important to look for scientific evidence. Those with very strong scientific evidence have proven to be beneficial to one’s health. However, there are some supplements that have very little scientific evidence behind them. This does not mean that they are not sold in stores.

Take a look at this website to get you started.The top supplements are those with the strongest scientific evidence behind them. These are the supplements that are most trustworthy. The supplements towards the bottom are weak in scientific evidence.

The National Library of Medicine offers trustworthy information on health supplements. If you need help getting resources, call the Mayor’s Health line at 617-534-5050.