Don’t Believe Everything You Read…

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The Department of Health and Human Services issued a warning to consumers earlier this week regarding false claims being made on various types of supplements on the market. The study found that about 20 percent of labels on weight loss and immune system booster supplements were misleading or made illegal claims.

Investigators purchased 127 different supplements from around the country and online. One out of every five of these supplements contained false, misleading or even illegal claims.

Some supplements claimed to prevent or cure certain diseases like cancer and diabetes, which is illegal under federal law. As you might imagine, consumers afflicted with these diseases are willing to try anything to get healthy, and the manufacturers of these supplements are taking full advantage of this.

The supplement industry rakes in $20 billion a year. This new study proves that much of this industry is misleading, or completely lying to, consumers about the efficacy of its products. That means people out there taking certain supplements are just flushing money down the toilet – hopefully you’re not included!

Unfortunately, the 20 percent of supplements found to contain false and misleading labeling were not released to the public. However, the study focused on weight loss and immune system booster supplements, which are two of the biggest markets right now. If you’re taking supplements in either of those two categories, you may want to reconsider.

Supplements are only loosely regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). However, this study prompted the FDA to consider asking Congress to increase the FDA’s oversight of the supplement industry.

The results of this study tell me that many supplement makers out there are preying upon desperate consumers looking for a quick fix or cure for their disease or disorder. Most supplements out there are safe; however, it’s never a good idea to start taking a supplement without first discussing it with your doctor.

This study didn’t prove that weight loss and immune system supplements are dangerous, just that the labels are often misleading. So, just because the supplement may not be doing you any harm, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s doing you any good either!

Be a smart, vigilant consumer and use caution when choosing to take supplements offering to “cure” certain diseases or treat certain diseases like cancer or diabetes. Look for the FDA-approval label on the bottle, and always-always-always consult your doctor about whether or not a particular supplement is right for you.

Via: The Washington Post

One Response to Don’t Believe Everything You Read…
  1. Marietta

    I knew something was going to happen with all these drugs some day soon. I kept noticing more and more weight loss pills going onto the shelves. Thank fully this hasn’t happened as much with regular health supplements. I have been following this story since it came out. Thanks for posting different information on it.

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