Dietary supplements—the nonprescription vitamins, minerals, botanicals, amino acids, and enzymes that line drugstore shelves—aren’t always what they seem. Because the FDA uses only postmarket surveillance, problems like undeclared, unapproved, and potentially dangerous pharmaceutical ingredients can go unnoticed until after a product is already in your home. Supplements are classified as
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Most American adults swallow some kind of dietary supplement every day, according to the National Institutes of Health. It might be a multivitamin, a weight-loss pill, or another product taken with the hope that it will provide significant health benefits.
But, the reality is that dietary supplements carry plenty of potential
Every day, most American adults swallow some kind of dietary supplement, according to the National Institutes of Health. It might be a multivitamin, a weight-loss pill, or another product taken with the hope that a tiny tablet will conveniently and safely provide significant health benefits.
But, the reality is that dietary
The dietary supplement industry brings in billions of dollars each year, with an estimated 90,000 products on the market—in a range that extends far beyond multivitamins. As defined in the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act, which became law in 1994, a dietary supplement is a product that’s intended to
A lot of Americans use dietary supplements, with estimates among adults ranging from 52 percent (per the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2011-2012) to 71 percent (according to a Council for Responsible Nutrition 2016 survey). Common reasons people reach for supplements are to improve or maintain health, enhance energy,
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
FDA Proposes Labeling Daily Value for Added Sugars
Following up on a proposal to list “added sugars” on revamped Nutrition Facts labels, the US Food and Drug Administration called for also expressing those amounts as a percentage of a recommended maximum Daily Value (DV). The plan would use a guideline of
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Ask the Doctor: Benefits of tai chi
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Arthritis may lead you to try anything to ease the pain it causes. And, for many dietary supplements present another pain relief option.
The use of supplements has grown over the past 40 years. According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, more than half of adults in the U.S.