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Supplement Safety

It seems like everyday I’m hearing about some new supplement than help with this or that. I’m glad that we’re learning more about them, but I sure wish the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) would regulate them more. Companies know that many people prefer natural versus synthetic medicine and some unethical businesses are cashing in on that fact. Below are some tips to help you discriminate between the good and the bad. (Of course, you should always talk with your doctor before taking any supplements)

  • Avoid supplements that claim to completely replace prescription medicines.
  • Avoid 30 day money back guarantees – they are usually auto-ship/auto-bill scams
  • Be cautious of celebrity endorsements – try to find proof elsewhere they they actually endorse the product
  • Avoid packages written primarily in foreign languages – you’ll have a hard time figuring out what the packaging says and it may not have been brought into the country legally (may not be up to standards).
  • Avoid packages that do not contain a company name, website or phone number – why wouldn’t they share that info?
  • Remember that “natural” doesn’t always mean safe.
  • Avoid products that seem too good to be true – like miracle claims
  • Check websites like Consumer Lab, NSF International, United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) for supplement information and studies.

I recently saw a representative from Consumer Lab on TV and he gave these shocking (or maybe not-so-shocking) results about common supplements:

fish oil pills

Research, before swallowing*

*Image Credit: from www.flickr.com by Jonas N



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Comment from Pam
Time February 6, 2012 at 10:16 am

VERY helpful post!! And yes I am especially drawn to the Advocare OmegaPlex. I also love that Dr. Oz endorses it as well.

Oh and FYI all of the Advocare professional athletes who endorse us do so for FREE and they use the products.

Very good! :)
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Felicia Fibro Reply:

Well, I wouldn’t exactly say that Dr. Oz endorses them, but Consumer Labs said they tested well. Although I did see that segment on his show =)

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