Dave asked in HealthDiet & Fitness · 1 decade ago

Food supplement necessary or fashion ?

Food supplement necessary or fashion ?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Dietary supplements are poorly regulated in the US. They do not have to conform to the stringent standards applied to pharmaceuticals or food products by the FDA. The result of this absence of oversight has been a scammers dream and the scammers have made the most of it. A huge and powerful supplement industry has grown up around this lack of regulation which was designed to give people the freedom to explore homeopathic, naturopathic, and alternative remedies. And, in addition to some very good quality products (which you do not need) are myriad scams.

    Many manufacturers buy cheap supplements from foreign countries with no regulations which contain toxins and poisons including heavy metals, pesticides, fillers, detergents, etc. Others add stimulants such as caffeine to an otherwise worthless product to provide the hapless buyer a sense that the product is doing something. Still others cut the supplement with fillers so only trace amounts get to the customer keeping their cost down so they can put more money into garish and bloated advertising which promises what they know they can’t deliver. For these and other reasons you cannot know what you’re getting when you buy a supplement.

    Humans evolved without supplements by eating natural food. There is no reason why we need supplements today. Whatever your desire regarding health and fitness, if it can be accomplished, it can be accomplished without supplements. We have an abundance of good quality food and more pharmaceuticals that ever, so normal adults with no special considerations don’t need supplements. Most supplements are purchased by people who are seeking an easy way to achieve a difficult or impossible goal.

    The best rule to follow when considering buying a supplement is to ask yourself if you really need it. If a supplement was not recommended by a health care professional (preferably a physician or physician’s referral), you probably don't need it. If you think you need it, you should ask yourself why? What are the reasons? And, if you find you do not have a very solid, legitimate reason for taking the supplement, you probably should avoid it. It’s not likely to do you any good and it could cause you harm.

    Because supplement manufacturers to not have do reveal what their product contains or how much it contains they can sell you trace (tiny) amounts of something such as creatine, advertise extravagant claims about what it will do for you, charge you 100 times what the product costs to market, make and distribute, and not be in violation of any US laws. That is the con man’s dream and that is why there are so many con men making fantastic claims about products which deliver nothing for an outrageous price. The sad reality is, there are more worthless products sold in the supplement market than there are worthwhile products. Caveat Emptor!

    Here are some simple rules to follow regarding dietary supplements.

    •If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

    •If it claims to do what everyone would just love to have done, ask yourself why everyone isn’t using it if it really works.

    •Buy only what has been recommended by your health care professional.

    •Avoid anything making outlandish claims including testimonials by people raving about the product. Product endorsements are for fools and don’t mean anything.

    Here are some links to help you find the truth about supplements from the people who know the most, care about your well being, and don't want to sell you anything: Your government.

    - General info you can count on about dietary supplements. Use the links.


    - An FDA white paper with links to supplement info. Use the links


    - An A through Z listing of supplements and what you should know about them.


    Be sure to Google “supplement scams” before buying. Here’s an example of what you might find.





    Good luck and good health!

  • 5 years ago


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  • 7 years ago

    Due to nutritional decline food supplements are needed now more than ever. A deficiency in just 1 mineral can cause a cascading avalanche in your health. Here is a great blog I found describing it. http://andrewsmaas.wordpress.com/2014/01/16/nutrit...

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