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nufs115 Presentation#1 Summary

nufs115 Presentation#1 Summary - Aquae Ginkgo Biloba...

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Dr. Chou NuFS115 23 October, 2007 Presentation #1 Summary Group one’s presentation was on Dietary Supplements. A dietary supplement is described as containing one or more vitamin, minerals, herbs, or amino acids. They could be taken in; tablet, capsule, power or in a soft gel and should not be used to replace meals. The SHEA act of 1994 made it so that the responsibility of providing safe dietary supplements fell on the manufacturers. Manufactures don’t have to register their products with the FDA and they have no rules in regard to the serving sizes they make. The FDA is only responsible for products after they are set in the market. Then they could test products for their safety. Each person in the group focused on a specific supplement and explained the benefits, health concerns, and studies done on each one. The supplements included: Aphanizomenon Flos
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Unformatted text preview: Aquae, Ginkgo Biloba, Ginseng, Echinacea, and Ephedra/Ephedrine. Each one, I thought, was thoroughly analyzed and well researched. Each member provided useful information regarding their specific supplement. Two members had a very creative way of presenting, where they had a skit of a person trying to buy the specific supplement. I thought that the information presented was very helpful because I, myself, take dietary supplements and there’s always the question as to how reliable some of the information is. Since the FDA doesn’t have an input when products are put on the market, it makes it harder for people to know how reliable the information the manufacturers give out is. I also thought it was interesting to see how effective each of the supplements proved to be under study. Many times they claim to be more effective than they actually are....
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