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What is a Supplement?


Supplement - what is it?

Supplement is a term that means products made of one or more of the fundamental nutrients, for example vitamins, minerals, and proteins. It provides you with some specific (or a mix of) vitamins, minerals, herbs, botanicals, amino acids, metabolites, etc. You can purchase supplements that contain separate vitamins or minerals, or some kind of mix of vitamins and minerals.

Supplement - quality products.

Consumers who are using some type of supplement need to always read supplement product labels, follow all directions, and pay attention to all warnings. Consult with your doctor to make sure that you use the right supplement. Nowadays you can purchase some type of supplement without the prescription in health food stores, grocery stores, drug stores, or through mail or Internet. You can also get a good discount on some supplements.

Supplement - be careful.

You need to be careful when you are shopping for some type of supplement. There are many fake supplements that are sold nowadays. But that doesn't mean that all the supplements are fake. "The majority of supplement manufacturers are responsible and careful," FDA's Yetley says. Consumers should still do the search for the right supplement with care, making sure they have the necessary information and consulting with their doctors and other health professionals.

Supplement - claims.

According to FDA, manufacturers can use structure-function claims without FDA authorization. They base their claims on their review and interpretation of the scientific literature. These claims must be accompanied with the disclaimer "This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease."

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New York Times (blog)

Dangerous Dietary Supplements Return to Store Shelves
New York Times (blog)
The new study, published in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that out of more than two dozen supplements that were pulled from shelves after they were found to contain anabolic steroids or powerful prescription drugs ...
Tainted supplements sold after recalls, study saysUSA TODAY
Banned Drugs Still Turning Up In Weight-Loss SupplementsNPR (blog)
Recalled Supplements Linger on US Store ShelvesWebMD
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Health.com

Recalled Supplements Could Still Be on Store Shelves, Study Finds
Health.com
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Two-thirds of dietary supplements recalled by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) because they contained banned ingredients remained on store shelves at least six months after they were recalled, ...
More troubling news about dubious — and dangerous — practices in the dietary ...MinnPost (blog)
Dietary supplements containing banned substances still on shelvesClinical Advisor
Contaminated Supplements Still Sit on Store ShelvesPharmacy Times

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Potentially Dangerous Drugs Still In Some Recalled Supplements, Study Finds
Huffington Post
CHICAGO (AP) — Dietary supplements containing potentially dangerous prescription drug ingredients may still be for sale even years after safety recalls, a study found. In supplements bought online, researchers detected hidden steroids, similar ...



Food Safety News

Dietary Supplements Contained Banned Drugs After FDA Recalls
Food Safety News
A new study finds that a high percentage of dietary supplements still contained banned drugs at least six months after being recalled by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Approximately half of all FDA class-I drug recalls since 2004 have ...



Study finds drugs still in recalled supplements
WRAL.com
The tested supplements were recalled by manufacturers after FDA raised concerns about drugs in their products. This type of recall is usually voluntary, involving products that could potentially cause serious health problems and even death. The FDA's ...



Banned Supplements Still on the Market
MedPage Today
"Action by the FDA has not been completely effective in eliminating all potentially dangerous adulterated supplements from the U.S. marketplace," they wrote. "More aggressive enforcement of the law, changes to the law to increase the FDA's enforcement ...



RedOrbit

Recalled Dietary Supplements Still Contain Banned Substances
RedOrbit
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has, in the past, used class I drug recalls to pull dietary supplements off store shelves if the agency determined there was a possibility of a product causing serious adverse health consequences or death. However ...



Presence of Banned Drugs in Dietary Supplements Following FDA Recalls
JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association
Prior research has found that even after FDA recalls, dietary supplements remain available on store shelves.4 However, it is not known if the supplements on sale after FDA recalls are free of the adulterants. In the present study, dietary supplements ...



Drug-tainted supplements still available for purchase, study finds
Boston Globe
Hundreds of dietary supplements containing illegal drugs have been voluntarily recalled from the market in recent years at the urging of the US Food and Drug Administration, but a significant number have remained available for purchase with their same ...



Telegraph.co.uk

Are sports supplements 'a big rip off'?
Telegraph.co.uk
Take one bag of powdered protein, another of carbohydrate, a spot of caffeine, some creatine, a bit of capsicum, some green tea extract, bag them up in various proportions, and you are pretty much ready to join the booming sports supplement industry.


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