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Diet Supplements

Diet Supplement - when are they used?

Why diet supplement is so important? Many people nowadays follow some type of diet. That diet usually means eating specific quantities of some healthy foods, exercising, etc. Some type of diet supplement is used either when the diet doesn't provide for adequate intake of necessary nutrition, vitamins, and minerals, or if the person doesn't want to or is not able to follow a specific diet.

Diet Supplement - what is it?

Diet supplement term usually means some product made of one or more of the fundamental nutrients, for example vitamins, minerals, and proteins. It is not a drug. It can not fully replace some type of diet, as supplement does not provide all the recognized nutritional benefits of foods. What it does, it provides you with some specific (or a mix of) vitamins, minerals, herbs, botanicals, amino acids, metabolites, etc.

Diet Supplement - safety.

According to FDA staff, FDA oversees safety, manufacturing and product information, such as claims, in a product's labeling, package inserts, and accompanying literature. The Federal Trade Commission regulates the advertising of dietary supplements.

Again, according to FDA staff, as with food, federal law requires manufacturers of dietary supplements to ensure that the products they put on the market are safe. But supplement manufacturers do not have to provide information to FDA to get a product on the market. FDA review and approval of supplement ingredients and products is not required before marketing.

Be careful when purchasing some type of dietary supplement. Read the label carefully, look at the ingredients. You should also consult with your doctor to check if some dietary supplement is right for you. Try a well designed diet before you turn to dietary supplements. Also, many supplements work better when taken together, and others, when taken separately.


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Huffington Post

Should the Supplement Industry Have Stronger Regulation?
Huffington Post
According to Forbes, supplements were a 32 billion dollar industry in 2012, this number is expected to grow. Supplements including vitamins, minerals and different herbs are promoted to help us acquire better health. Our bodies need vitamins and ...
EDITORIAL: Dietary supplement firms slammedPress-Enterprise

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Medical News Today

Progesterone supplements do not help women with recurrent miscarriages
Medical News Today
However, taking progesterone supplements during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy does little to help women with a history of unexplained, recurrent miscarriages. Woman sitting on bed feeling sick, looking anxious. The trial found that taking ...
Progesterone supplements fail to improve birth rate among women with a history
Women In First Trimester Of Pregnancy Don't Benefit From Progesterone ...Medical Daily
Progesterone Supplements Do Not Improve Outcomes for Women with a History of ...Newswise (press release)
Ledger Gazette
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Business Insider

Most dietary supplements are useless, but here are the ones you should take
Business Insider
Recent research finds that not only do these supplements most likely not help you slim down, bulk up, or get more energized — they're also harmful. A large October study from the federal government linked supplements — sold under brand names like ...

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Medications and supplements often out of reach for impoverished families
For families living at or below the poverty line the cost of nutritional supplements or the unexpected need to purchase over-the-counter cough and cold medications stretches the family's resources to the limit and forces them to choose between ...

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Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)

Feds crack down on miracle supplements, Georgia product too
Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)
Those claims were actually made in the sometimes murky world of dietary supplements. The Federal Trade Commission this month announced the latest actions in a year-long “sweep” involving several federal agencies targeting illegal marketing of dietary ...


Another Really Bad Week For The Supplements Industry, Including Criminal Charges
In the largely unregulated world of dietary supplements, it's like the Wild West. Dramatic claims abound, most of them unsupported by evidence, and it's hard to know if any of them can be trusted. Supplement manufacturers claim their products cure ...

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Washington Post

Well | Makers of Nutritional Supplements Charged in Federal Sweep
New York Times (blog)
A yearlong federal investigation into the dietary supplement industry has resulted in a widespread crackdown on the sale of tainted or misleading products. The Justice Department said on Tuesday that it filed criminal and civil enforcement actions ...
Dietary supplements industry in crosshairs as law enforcement announces chargesWashington Post
Justice Department Announces Criminal Charges Against Dietary Supplement FirmsNPR
US says supplements billed as natural can be toxicCBS News
Reuters -STAT
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Dietary supplement firms slammed
Except for cases of outright fraud, one of the few areas of our lives left a little unregulated by government has been dietary supplements. The 1994 Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act largely has protected supplement companies – until now.

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'Bananas!' Academic compares supplements to Big Tobacco, calls for more state ...
“While better federal oversight for dietary supplements remains essential, states may also proactively engage in regulatory activities to minimize harm from dietary supplements to their citizens,” writes Ranjani Starr from the Department of Public ...
Q&A: What's going on with dietary supplements?Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Carson, supplementsNaples Daily News

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CBS News

How safe are your dietary supplements?
CBS News
This week's fraud charges against two popular dietary supplement makers may have many people eyeballing the bottles and boxes of supplements on their kitchen counters, wondering if the vitamins, protein powders, and herbs they pop every day are safe.
Can You Trust Your Dietary Supplement?WebMD
Feds Announce 'Sweeping' Actions Against Supplement
Criminal Charges Filed Against Maker Of Popular Workout, Diet SupplementsTech Times
International Business Times -MarketWatch -The Consumerist -US Department of Justice
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