You should always talk to your doctor before taking any medications, even over the counter medications. Some nutritional supplements can interact with medications you are taking.
Nutritional supplements have been available over the counter since the 1930's. It wasn't until the 1960's that they became popular in the megadoses that they are sold in. You can find a variety of supplements, but they are ususally broken down into groups.
- Macronutrients are proteins, fats, and carbohydrates.
- Phytonutrients are organic components of plants
- Vitamins and minerals
Nutritional supplements are safe if taken under doctor suppervision and at the correct doseage. Many people believe if you eat healthily you should be able to obtain all the nutritional support you need. Nutritional supplements taken in large quantities can have adverse effects on your health.