Understanding Dietary Supplements

Diet and Nutrition | Books

For many consumers, taking one or more dietary supplements is a natural addition to a healthy lifestyle. The decision to take a dietary supplement may be based on the recommendation of a doctor, a dietitian, or a friend. Information regarding dietary supplements abounds but can be misleading or contradictory. In fact, some dietary supplements contain substances that are not listed on the product label and some can actually be dangerous, especially for people taking prescription medicines. In her book Understanding Dietary Supplements, Jenna Hollenstein covers a broad spectrum of vitamins and minerals, herbs and botanicals, drugs, and gives jargon-free explanations of how each supplement can work on the body. Dietary supplements can interact with prescription and over-the-counter drugs so it is critical to make informed choices when choosing supplements and Understanding Dietary Supplements is the guide to help you do just that. Hollenstein is a clinical editor at the Pri-Med Institute of M|C Communications, in Boston, Maryland.