Use of dietary supplements requires caution, education

| March 26, 2015 | 1 Comment

 

B6_ARNEWS_Dietary_SupplementsArmy News Service
News Release
FORT LEE, Virginia — At some point in people’s lives, almost everyone has either had a supplement recommended to them or may have seen an advertisement for some sort of product that peaked their interest.

The dietary supplement industry is booming. “Forbes” reports nutritional supplements alone brought in $32 billion in revenue for 2012.

Caution advised
While it may be easy to simply follow the suggestions of a friend, trainer or family member, if an individual plans on trying or consistently using dietary supplements, becoming educated on those products and their potential effects is a wise strategy.

While the Food and Drug Administration has some oversight of dietary supplements, it must first show a product is unsafe prior to taking any restrictive action.

Additionally, a 2010 Consumer Reports article estimates that only one third of the products in the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database have scientific evidence to support safety and effectiveness.

There is no mandate for manufacturers to disclose evidence on safety and effectiveness (of dietary supplements) to the FDA.

With all of the different kinds of dietary supplements, whether it is protein powder, deer antler spray or a weight loss product, doing the homework can help to keep people safe and possibly save some money on products that don’t live up to their hype.

If people are on any other medications, it will serve them well to check on interactions and possibly check with their primary care manager prior to supplement usage.

More Online
A number of other great resources include the USDA and FDA website, www.fda.gov, and Operation Supplement Safety, at http://hprc-online.org/dietarysupplements/opss.
Other sources include these:
www.consumerreports.org/cro/2012 /05/dangerous-supplements/index.htm;
www.fda.gov/Food/DietarySupplements/UsingDietarySupplements/ucm109760.htm; and
www.forbes.com/sites/davidlariviere/2013/04/18/nutritional-supplements-flexing-their-muscles-as-growth-industry/.
(Note: Story by Fort Lee Army Wellness Center staff.)

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  1. navillusa james says:

    piqued not peaked

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