Dietary Supplements & Why You Should Be Reading The Labels

 If you, like millions of Americans across the nation, are taking a dietary supplement, it’s in your best interest to know exactly what goes into the make up of the tiny tablet you swallow every day. Many of us read the name on the bottle, and the description of how it will boost our health and that’s that. Delving deeper into the things you put into your body, knowing how they affect you and why, is always a good thing to know for a better, healthier life.

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For instance, many people don’t know that the FDA does not approve dietary supplements the same way it does prescription medications. Many supplements on the market are tested, and approved for production, but the evidence to support their claims and their effectiveness is lacking sufficiently.

This is why, if you look carefully at just about any supplement, you’ll see the words, “These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.” It almost makes taking it essentially pointless.

Manufacturers of supplements are responsible for the safety of the product they sell, but there are no mandatory standards for the production of the supplement itself. The FDA acts as an entity that oversees the production of most products.  It is their responsibility to ensure the safety of the public; yet, when it comes to supplements, the FDA only steps in if there is enough evidence that a supplement might be causing serious harm to consumers.  Seems like a case of too little, too late, eh?   

All supplement ingredients are not necessarily listed on the container and once again, this is allowed under FDA guidelines. Supplement labeling requirements are not regulated, so the things that companies are allowed to put on their labels is essentially up to them to a certain degree. Know your supplement, and know your ingredients because so many supplements have been found to be contaminated with heavy metals and other harmful chemicals.

Supplement manufacturers are actually very misleading as they’re allowed to openly use dietary guidance statements and claims that are not necessarily true or scientifically supported in any way. Remember that the body absorbs most nutrients better if they come from a natural food source rather than a supplement. So if you don’t need to be taking anything, don’t do it; if you’re unsure, consult a medical professional. Going to the store and picking something off a shelf can end up doing more harm than good.

Consult your primary care physician or chiropractor for any medical related advice.

 

 

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