What vitamins and supplements do doctors use

When the doctor advises you to take supplements

A test is (not) a buy recommendation

Recently, it has become more common for doctors to also give samples of nutritional supplements to their patients. As a rule, these are high-priced products because only a few dietary supplement manufacturers afford representatives who visit doctors' offices. If you have received such a sample, remember: it is not a medicine, but a food. The product is also not intended to alleviate or cure a disease. The one-time consumption of a dietary supplement does not make any real contribution to improving the supply of nutrients. If you feel any effect at all, it should be just a placebo effect.

If you would still like to take such a dietary supplement, ask what the decisive ingredients are and whether there are other (cheaper) products available with it. Often it is not the doctor, but a pharmacist or possibly a druggist who is the better contact.

Be suspicious if ...

Be careful if there is only one suitable dietary supplement to be found, or if you can only buy it directly from XY's practice / clinic / health food store. Get the exact ingredients (ingredients), ask for time to think about it and talk to a pharmacist you trust, whether there really are no (cheaper) alternatives. You can also contact the patient advisory service at your medical association or health insurance company.

You should ask these questions if your doctor has recommended not only certain nutrients but a very specific product.

  • Ask your pharmacist what makes this dietary supplement so special.
  • Clarify whether there are also composite (cheaper) alternative products (from other companies).
  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the individual products with him.
  • Let clarify whether there are any interactions with your medication.
  • If necessary, ask the pharmacist to call the doctor in order to have final certainty
  • Let us explain to you exactly when, how and for how long you should consume the products.

Also, be careful if your doctor claims that our soil and food are low in vitamins and minerals. This statement is not true, as research has shown. Claims that we absolutely need additional nutrients because of this are even forbidden.