Dietary Supplements

Dietary Supplements - Dietary Supplements The Dietary...

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Dietary Supplements The Dietary Supplement Phenomenon Big Business: $22.5 billion in sales in 2007 (NBJ website) Popular Products: 14% of individuals surveyed had taken herbal product/supplement during previous week Users: primarily self-initiated vs. practitioner-based 67% of regular supplement users would continue use even if FDA said products were not effective - ??? According to an FDA regulation: A food shall be deemed adulterated if it bears a poisonous or deleterious substance which may render it injurious to health, but in the case that the substance is not an added substance such food shall not be considered adulterated under this clause if the quantity of such substance in such food does not ordinarily render it injurious to health. Dietary supplements fit into this definition. The FDA tried to regulate them as a food if they were used as herbal products consumed like foods and as food additives or drugs if they were added to foods or sold in capsules and advertised with claims. Congress passed a law (see below) that stopped the FDA from enforcing their rules and established a new set of rules for supplements. Dietary supplements are a huge business in he United States that covers a very broad spectrum of products. We are probably all familiar with the typical vitamin pill. This accounts for almost 40% of the total sales. Some of the pills being sold are not the same as the ones I was given them by my mother. Today many products contain not only vitamins but also a whole host of products that are thought to have some beneficial affect. These affects are often not proven and a cynic might suggest that they are used as a marketing ploy. Herbal products have also been on the market for a long time. What is new is their appearance in tablet form with a whole host of claims as to what it is that they can do for you. The list below reminds you of what the essential nutrients are. Definition of Essential Nutrient = A substance required for normal body functioning that cannot be synthesized by the body and must be obtained from a dietary source Vitamins and minerals (usually as enzyme co-factors in physiological reactions) Essential fatty acids (building blocks for fats) Essential amino acids (building blocks for proteins)
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When the FDA tried to regulate supplements using the standard that is used for foods and drugs the industry objected and mounted a big advertising campaign. The FDA wanted two things from those who marketed supplements as cures for an illness. They wanted be assured that they were safeand they wanted some proof that they worked. I am biased but I think these are reasonable expectations. As a consumer I want the products I buy to be safe and I want them to do what they promise to do. After much lobbing by the supplement industry congress passed a law that essentially
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