What You Need to Know About Nutritional Supplements
• Supplements are designed to “supplement” the body and should be used in combination with a healthy diet and exercise to benefit a healthy lifestyle.
• Americans are often unable to obtain the diverse variety of foods they need in order to achieve optimal levels of minerals and nutrients. For example, we don’t eat enough fish to obtain the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids.
• Consumers should consult their healthcare provider to determine whether supplements are right for them and which ones would add a benefit.
• Dietary supplements are regulated as a category of food by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
• Dietary supplements are the only category of food to have a federal mandatory reporting requirement for serious adverse events.
• Dietary supplement quality, identity, purity, strength, potency, composition, limits on contaminants, (collectively termed Good Manufacturing Practices or GMPs), labeling and claims are regulated by FDA.
• FDA’s dietary supplement GMPs are more stringent than conventional food GMPs.
• Consumers continue to use supplements because they are safe.
• Millions of Americans, including half of all Americans, and 70+% of elderly safely use supplements on a daily basis.
• Consumers continue to use supplements despite negative press designed to castigate the industry that supplements are somehow unregulated and unsafe.
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