Do You Know What's In Your Dietary Supplement?
New Study Finds That There Could Be Hidden Ingredients In Your Supplements
A dietary supplement is defined as, “products taken by mouth that contain a dietary ingredient”. These dietary ingredients can include but are not limited to, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, herbs, and botanicals. The intention of a dietary supplement is to supplement the diet, because a person is not receiving enough of a particular nutrient or dietary ingredient from their food sources.
Recently, a study from the California Department of Public Health has found that between the years of 2007-2016 there were 776 products that were sold to consumers that contained active ingredients not listed on the label that were not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Of these supplements, 46% were for sexual performance, 41% were for weight loss, and 12% were for building muscle. Ingredients like sildenafil, ephedrine, and anabolic steroids were found in these supplements.
So, should people be taking supplements at all if there are hidden ingredients? The answer certainly depends on the person and the reason for taking the supplement. Follow these tips before you begin a supplement regimen:
- Talk to your doctor and see if they have recommendations
- Take a supplement with only one ingredient
- Never trust a supplement that says it can improve your health
- Don’t look for a “quick fix” drug