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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Dietary Supplements- Caution before you buy

My readers must be safe from harmful products that are marketed as dietary supplements and that contain undeclared or deceptively labeled ingredients. According to FDA, these products are often promoted for weight loss, sexual enhancement, and bodybuilding. All of you must avoid products marketed as supplements that claim to have effects similar to prescription drugs and must be aware of products with labeling only in a foreign language or that are marketed through mass e-mails.




Warning- Signs of tainted products marketed as dietary supplements

  • Products claiming to be alternatives to FDA-approved drugs or to have effects similar to prescription drugs.
  • Products claiming to be a legal alternative to anabolic steroids.
  • Products that are marketed primarily in a foreign language or those that are marketed through mass e-mails.
  • Sexual enhancement products promising rapid effects such as working in minutes to hours, or long-lasting effects such as 24 hours to 72 hours.
  • Products that provide warnings about testing positive in performance enhancement drug tests.

There is an emerging trend among people to believe in decorated stories about the success in using such products. FDA suggests in their website that if you are using or considering using any product marketed as a dietary supplement, then never forget to

  • check with your health care professional or a registered dietician on any nutrients you may need in addition to your regular diet
  • ask yourself: Does it sound too good to be true?
    • Be cautious if the claims for the product seem exaggerated or unrealistic
    • Watch out for extreme claims—for example, "quick and effective," "cure-all;" "can treat or cure diseases; or "totally safe"
    • Be skeptical about anecdotal information from personal “testimonials” about incredible benefits or results obtained from using a product
  • ask your health care professional for help distinguishing between reliable and questionable information

Disclaimer: This article sourced from FDA's Consumer Updates page, which features the latest on all FDA-regulated products.

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