There is a lot of information out in the marketplace regarding nutrition supplements not to mention bodybuilding, weight loss, prostate, energy, and even libido-enhancing supplements as well.

Francis Bacon was right, “Knowledge is power.” Knowing what makes a good supplement and what doesn’t; understanding the many nuances of product creation is important and makes you a better consumer.

To that end, I’ve created this FAQ page about all things nutritional supplements and the wide umbrella that term covers.

Before the best multivitamin you can or bodybuilding supplement, you need to be educated. Some — no many — aren’t what they appear to be.

You need to educate yourself so you can not only get the most bang for your hard-earned, over-taxed dollar or euro but so that you actually benefit from the supplement product. What a concept!

To that end, I’ve started on some questions that have come up among others. I will be adding to this FAQ as time goes on and as I get emails. With this site and my others, I’ve literally received emails from people all over the world.

They ask questions, question ideas, and give their experiences. That’s what the Internet is for at its core and it’s great. So without any further adieu, here are some FAQs.

Question: What does µg mean?
Answer: µg means micrograms = 1/1,000,000th of a gram. (0.000001g). (or 10 x 10^-6g) 1.0mg (milligram) = 1/1,000th of a gram (0.001g). (or 10 x 10^-3g). Acronym: µG Definition: microgram

Question: What does mg mean?
Answer: mg=milligrams. Mg could also mean magnesium

Question: What does I.U. mean on vitamins labels?
Answer: The I.U. acronym means “international unit(s)”. The international unit, often abbreviated as IU, is a measure of the activity, or effect, of a group of essential organic compounds known as vitamins, and it is used to calculate intakes, potency and doses. You can categorize vitamins into two distinct families: water-soluble and fat-soluble. International units typically are used to measure activity of the fat-soluble vitamins.

Question: What does DV mean?
Answer: It is an acronym for “Daily Value” — you will see this on labels as well as acronyms, mg, µg, I.U. sometimes RDI (recommended daily intake) or DRV (daily reference values). The DV is shown on vitamin or supplement labels and is based on Reference Daily Intakes of essential vitamins and minerals and Daily Reference Values, which most specifically apply to the following, carbohydrate, cholesterol, fiber, potassium, protein, and saturated fat, and sodium.

Question: What does mg/d stand for?
Answer: Milligrams per day.

Question: What is AI?
Answer: Adequate Intakes. Sometimes you’ll see RDA/AI together when reading government stipulations regarding macro- and micro-nutrients. This means “Recommended Dietary Allowances or Adequate Intakes” essentially.

Question: What is Acceptable Macronutrient Distribution Range (AMDR)?
Answer: It is the range of intake for a particular energy source that is associated with reduced risk of chronic disease while providing intakes of essential nutrients. If an individuals consumed in excess of the AMDR, there is a potential of increasing the risk of chronic diseases and insufficient intakes of essential nutrients.


Yours in health,