Ask your Ritzman Pharmacist!
By Hannah Cross, PharmD, RPh
Should I take supplements?
With everything being touted as the next big thing-- How do you know what is good for you? Herbal products and supplements come in all shapes and sizes so finding the right one can be difficult and even confusing. First off, it is a good idea to contact a healthcare professional such as your physician or pharmacist before starting any new supplement or medicine as some products cannot be taken in certain circumstances. Supplements can be complimentary to a healthy diet to help you be a healthier you.
There is evidence that supplements can be beneficial for health and wellness. For those of us in Northeast Ohio many of us can benefit from a multi-vitamin with a calcium and vitamin D supplement. Fish oils and omega fatty acids have been shown to help patients at risk for heart disease. There are supplements that may help with stress, difficulty with sleep, and low energy. Other herbals and supplements such as grape seed extract, resveratrol, and valerian root have many uses and benefits you could talk to your pharmacist about.
Are all supplement brands the same?
Picking which brand of supplements to take is just as important as which types of supplements to take. Dietary supplements do not require testing or review by the FDA before being sold to the public. There are manufacturing standards that good supplement companies follow to ensure a quality product is being supplied to the consumer. Our Ritzman Brand Collection meets standards held by Natural Products Association and are certified as such. Made with clean, premium ingredients, our supplements are designed to help combat negative side effects of medications, strengthen your immune system, and improve your overall health. We aim to use non-GMO products whenever possible and have many options that are gluten-free.