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Dietary supplements abound in the marketplace, promising to cure everything from weight problems to depression. Many of these are meant to supplement your diet in order to provide extra vitamins and minerals that you need throughout your day. There are also many supplements that have high levels of herbs, enzymes, amino acids, and animal extracts.

Read the labels on dietary supplements carefully, as that will provide the keys to proper use. No matter how much you think the supplement will cure your problem, stick only to the recommended amounts as listed on the bottle or by your medical physician.

Dietary supplements may make some outrageous claims. But always keep in mind that no supplement will cause you to lose excessive amounts of weight without any other work, and no supplement will build your muscle mass without proper exercise and weight training. There are many other claims made by these supplements, ranging from curing baldness, impotency, and strengthening your memory. Use caution with these products. The level of accuracy of these claims are questionable.

Some ways dietary supplements are advertised and promoted that should raise red flags in your mind about their effectiveness include claims that they're miraculous cures and have secret ingredients, that they're only available from one place, ads that claim amazing results with no documentation, and claims that high-level medical officials have "crowned" the product with an amazing level of achievement.

Dietary supplements largely go unregulated by the Food and Drug Administration. But if you question the claims–or have problems with–any dietary supplement, contact the FDA. They do investigate such problems.