Supplements…Who to Trust

The supplement industry has grown in the last twenty years.  With new products being introduced in the market no one can keep count.  When someone asks me what I would recommend for a multivitamin I only talk about what I have personally taken and what has worked for me. Currently, I am taking a high-performance vitamin that has made a positive impact on my daily performance.

Dietary supplements are required to have a Supplements Facts panel and I generally trust what is on that panel.  Then looking towards the bottom of that label it clearly states, ‘These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration’.  Should I be worried?  To be honest with you, I would feel a lot better if the FDA approved it.  I know that if everything were to stop and a new law implemented the FDA to approve all vitamins, herbs, and supplements to be tested for validity, quality, and compliance, we would see a lot of companies go out of business and larger companies take over the industry.  This would be followed with the larger companies trying to gain control of people in Congress that make the laws behind these regulations and it will start mirroring the meat and poultry industry. 

Currently, the FDA does have regulations that monitor the supplement industry like the labels.  “FDA regulations require that certain information appears on dietary supplement labels” (FDA, 2009).  Claims about the product must be accurate and truthful, “This statement or “disclaimer” is required by law (DSHEA) when a manufacturer makes a structure/function claim on a dietary supplement label (FDA, 2009).  For the most part, the FDA does play a role in the supplement industry, but it isn’t until a product harms enough people that the FDA takes action to remove the ingredient or the product. 

Overall, I would like to see supplements that have stimulants be approved while vitamins and herbs that work alone or together to meet deficiencies for optimal health continue being produced and marketed as is. 

If a product is meant to treat you then the pharmacies already have a hold on it and they can go through protocol necessary for a drug.  Besides, we find vitamins like A and C in our foods and I definitely don’t want to get a prescription for that.

If you are looking to improve your nutrition please contact Juliana at feistyfitness@gmail.com

 References:

No author, FDA U.S Food and Drug Administration (Oct 14 2009)“Overview of Dietary Supplements”. Retrieved on April 1, 2011 from website:

http://www.fda.gov/Food/DietarySupplements/ConsumerInformation/ucm110417.htm#regulate

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