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Deciding WHICH Supplements to Buy and Use can be Totally Confusing!
- Factors like age, gender, and fitness level should be quantified when considering if a person needs more or less of a given nutrient.
- You also may want to get more or less of certain vitamins depending on your health condition and specific short-term and long-term health goals.
- Even the most health-savvy individuals could benefit from a professional opinion or alternative perspective.
- A brief assessment could be a convenient way to receive recommendations tailored to your specific needs and goals.
Natalie has the knowledge and experience to recommend which supplements to take and which supplements and nutritional products are premium-quality and rigorously tested for purity, potency, and effectiveness. No fillers. No artificial additives. Just pure, effective ingredients.
Supplements: A Scorecard
The consumption of dietary supplements is incredibly widespread. About 114 million Americans — approximately half the adult population — take at least one supplement. It’s easy to see why supplements are so important. The public has a genuine desire for good health, and the supplement industry has a powerful desire for good sales. The dietary supplement industry has grown from a $4 billion industry with about 4,000 products to a more than $40 billion industry with more than 50,000 different products.
Question is – Which Supplements to take, and which brand to buy?
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What do we know?
Many people take supplements with the belief that they will maintain health or avoid illness; many others use supplements in an attempt to treat certain conditions that have already developed.
However, in 1994, the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act sharply impeded the FDA’s ability to regulate products marketed as “dietary supplements,” even though the majority of the population buy supplements for health, not nutrition. Manufacturers can sell these products without presenting evidence of their purity, potency, safety, or efficacy.
For most claims made on product labels, the law does not require evidence that the claim is accurate or truthful. As a matter of fact, the first opportunity that the FDA has to evaluate these claims comes only after a product is marketed and sold, when it can take action against products that are adulterated, misbranded, or likely to produce harm or ill health.
Since nearly all these supplements are used without medical monitoring or supervision, most of the estimated 50,000 adverse reactions that occur in the United States each year go unreported. It’s a situation that Harvard’s Dr. Peter Cohen has called “American roulette.”
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Caveat Emptor — Buyer Beware
We are proposing a cautious, evidence-based approach to evaluating supplements. It’s good advice, but it’s often difficult to consider scientific-based judgments against simple, persuasive claims for health in a bottle. When all is said and done, the decision is still yours, so I’d like to offer a few further cautions:
- Beware of exaggerated claims; if it sounds too good to be true, it is usually not true.
- Beware of testimonials and endorsements, in particular from celebrities. Even the most sincere, well-meaning success stories offered by celebrities, or even friends and family without financial incentives, can’t establish a product’s efficacy or safety.
- Beware of the idea that more is better. Certain vitamins and supplements could become toxic with over-use.
- Beware of irrelevant terms. The list includes All-natural, antioxidant-rich, clinically proven, anti-aging, and other vague but seductive claims that a supplement will promote prostate health, heart health, sexual prowess, energy, weight, and fat loss, muscle power, and the list goes on.
- Beware of interactions between supplements and medications. Always ask your pharmacists and physicians about any supplements you take. Ask specifically about potential interactions with your prescription and over-the-counter supplements.
- Beware of adulterated products. The FDA has withdrawn over 140 products that were laced with undisclosed pharmaceutical ingredients.
Perhaps the most shameful example was PC-SPES, a supplement that was heavily promoted to treat prostate cancer. The stuff actually did lower prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels — not because of its eight mysterious Chinese herbs but because it also contained a potent estrogen (diethylstilbestrol) along with an anticoagulant (warfarin) and a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (indomethacin).
PC-SPES is long gone, but other advertised supplements are still at large. Products touted for weight loss, sexual performance, and physical performance is the most likely to be contaminated with medications.
- Beware of products that contain less — or more — than they claim. In general, products that are voluntarily submitted for approval by private organizations like the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) or NSF International are your best bet.