These days, it isn’t uncommon for people to take a few food supplements. These nutritional or dietary supplements are readily available in drugstores and health stores, from pills that provide calcium to those that contribute to our vitamin C intake. However, the fact that these help our general health does not mean we should take them blindly. Be informed by reading these need-to-know facts about food supplements.

(First published in the October 2010 issue of Good Housekeeping Philippines, Good Health section as “Pill Popping;” adapted for use in Female Network; photo by SOCIALisBETTER via Flickr Creative Commons)

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