Because the FDA does not regulate supplements it is important to select supplements that are approved by a third party for quality, purity and disintegration. Look for one of the four following certifications: CL (Consumer Labs) and USP (The United States Pharmacopeia) or if you are an athlete, NSF and Informed-Choice marks. These marks must be present on the supplement bottle to ensure that they have been tested and approved. To see which supplements carry a certification visit their respective websites.
* Always check with your doctor before taking a supplement.
- USP: http://www.usp.org/dietary-supplements/overview
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