Evaluate a Dietary Supplement
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Introduction In today’s world, we are surrounded by so many diet products and supplements. It is important to proceed with caution when considering a vitamin and/or mineral supplement. One of the goals of this course and this lesson is to help you become more familiar with how to evaluate a supplement, determine its necessity in your own diet, and consider health benefits and risks. Instructions Woman reading label on vitamins container Image: Woman reading label on vitamins container. © McGraw Hill 2018 Select a dietary supplement that contains more than 3 vitamins and/or minerals in it. Take a photo of the supplement you are evaluating to include in your submission. The photo should include the front of the label and back of the label that clearly shows the following: Name of the product Manufacturer name Supplement Facts Panel List of ingredients Review the list of Resources provided below. In a response paper, answer the following questions. Based on the recommended dosage, are there any individual vitamins or minerals for which the intake is greater than 100% of the Daily Value (DV)? Create a table that lists these vitamins and minerals and includes the %DV on the label. How do the suggested intakes of the vitamins and minerals in the supplement compare with the current DRIs for these nutrients? Are any suggested intakes above the Upper Levels for the nutrients? List these nutrients and the Upper Level for each. Look at the ingredient list to see if there are non-nutrient ingredients, such as herbs or botanical extracts, additives, etc., in the supplement? Choose one of the non-nutrient ingredients to look up and briefly discuss if it’s beneficial or harmful. If your supplement contains Vitamin A, what percentage is coming from beta-carotene or other provitamin A carotenoids? Would the amount present cause a Vitamin A toxicity (Hint: If >50% of the Vitamin A is in the form of a carotenoid, the risk for toxicity is reduced.). Are there any warnings on the label for individuals who should not consume this product? Does the product contain the USP seal? What does this symbol tell you about the product? Is there anything else on the label that indicates that the supplement may be more harmful than healthful? Please explain. Reflect upon the findings by responding to these questions Would you start taking or continue taking this supplement based on your findings? Explain how you came to this conclusion. If you are asked a question by a friend/family member/patient about whether they should take a dietary supplement, what advice would you give them based on what you have learned in this course and assignment? Cite ALL references as appropriate using a reference list at the end of your written summary. This includes your textbook and any of the items you referenced for this assignment. Using reputable resources outside of the ones provided in this exercise is not required, but is suggested. All answers and conclusions must be supported, as appropriate, with evidence and resources/citations using AMA or APA format. Reference the Writing Resources for assistance. Resources https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/list-VitaminsMinerals/ https://www.fda.gov/food/buy-store-serve-safe-food/what-you-need-know-about-dietary-supplements?utm_campaign=buffer&utm_content=buffer6d184&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com https://www.fda.gov/food/information-consumers-using-dietary-supplements/tips-dietary-supplement-users https://www.nccih.nih.gov/health/using-dietary-supplements-wisely/
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