Surveys have shown that a large majority of Americans are confident in the “safety, quality and effectiveness” of products marketed as “dietary supplements” (a term derived from a 1994 law that questionably grouped drug-type herbal and botanical extracts with essential vitamins and minerals). So many were shocked at the recent
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Supplement Disclaimers Make Little Impact
Consumers mostly ignore disclaimers on dietary supplements and erroneously believe the government warrants such products to be safe and effective, according to a review of 11 studies on the subject. Most products sold under the 1994 Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) carry a small-print
One of the fastest-growing segments of the dietary supplement industry is the market for products claiming to protect your memory or “boost” your brainpower. These range from mega-doses of vitamins your body does actually need (though not necessarily in such quantity) to novel concoctions such as Asian herbal remedies or
For a variety of reasons, as many as half of middle-aged and older women do not comply with their physician’s orders when taking prescription drugs.
The result can be adverse drug events (ADEs), which account for 700,000 emergency room visits and 120,000 hospitalizations a year. The problem is compounded when patients
If you struggle with erectile dysfunction (ED), it’s only natural that you’d turn to any of the hundreds of supplements purported to help boost sexual function.
But, as a recent U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory suggests, it’s buyer beware when it comes to ED supplements: Many of them
With the integrity of the entire dietary supplement industry being called into question by some state officials, it is critical for consumers to be informed on all sides of the issue. Can dietary supplements be trusted to contain the nutrients they claim on the label?
Based on the results of a single study, the Attorney General’s office ordered GNC, Target, Walgreens, and Wal-Mart to stop selling seven herbal supplements.
For anyone with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, it is important to learn what foods have gluten and to avoid all foods that contain it. But, learning which foods contain gluten is not as easy and clear-cut as you might think. Here’s a quick reference guide to use on your