If a product does not specify “vegetarian capsule”, then what is it made from?
These capsules are gelatin capsules sourced from either pork or beef.
Do all supplements have an NPN?
Most supplements have been issued a Natural Product Number (NPN) by Health Canada – these numbers do appear on the label. Further Natural Health Product criteria and information can be found on the Health Canada website www.hc-sc.gc.ca. Under the Food and Drugs Act, items that are considered a food – for example, protein powders and herbal teas – do not require an NPN.
Can any supplements be taken during pregnancy or while breastfeeding?
It is best to consult your Doctor, Pharmacist or Alternative Health Care Practitioner for guidance as to which supplements are safe during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.
Why are there many so types of magnesium?
Magnesium Bisglycinate is the best absorption, absorbs well in seniors with low stomach acid, well tolerated for those with digestive/IBS issues.
Magnesium Citrate is the 2nd best absorption, absorbs well in seniors with low stomach acid.
Magnesium Malate is the best form for those with Fibromyalgia, nerve/muscle relaxation issues.
Can I take supplements on my own, without a doctor?
Supplements are available for sale over the counter at your local pharmacy or online without a prescription. Still, you should always check with your doctor before taking any product, because some supplements can cause side effects, or interact with other prescribed or over-the-counter medicines or supplements you’re already taking. It’s especially important to ask your doctor about taking a supplement if you’re pregnant or nursing, about to have surgery, or you have a health condition such as high blood pressure, heart disease, or diabetes. Also, don’t give a supplement to a child without checking with their health care provider.
What questions should I ask my doctor about taking supplements?
Ask your doctor whether you need the supplement based on your current diet and health. Also ask what benefits and risks the supplement can have, how much to take, and for how long you should take it. Make sure your doctor and pharmacist know exactly which supplements and medicines you’re taking.