What to Believe? Dietary supplements OR a Good Healthy Diet??

food or supplements 1  There is a growing concern about whether or not dietary supplements are beneficial for all, across the board. There are scientific magazines featuring studies stating don’t take this, do take this, on and on. What’s good for one age group or sex, isn’t necessarily good for the same sex in an older age group. You can also turn on the radio, television or internet to find nothing but contradictory information, so, what do we do?

Dietary supplements include substances such as vitamins, minerals, herbs and botanicals, to name a few. The benefits of some supplements have been well established for various health conditions/diseases yet for others, not, only because additional research is still needing to be done. The Office of Dietary Supplements (National Institute of Health) states “this is partially due to the way dietary supplements are regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).”

People need to be aware that dietary supplements are not meant to prevent or cure disease. It’s always the best rule of thumb to check with your primary care provider, before starting a dietary supplement, as there are some secondary effects with some supplements, when taking them with foods or other medications. Recently read an article by the Assoc Press in regards to government advisory group’s new opinion on Vit D and Calcium in post menopausal women, for prevention of Osteoporosis. Basically, they stated that there was no noted benefits of taking modest doses of calcium supplements or Vit D in preventing broken bones in healthy post menopausal women without more research, but did note an increased chance for kidney stones. They also recommended that this particular targeted group get their sources of Vit D and calcium, through a good diet. Another example is the intake of fish oils for people with history of high cholesterol. There are known benefits yet, it is something needing to be verified by your primary care provider first.

Manufacturers/Distributors are only required to make sure their dietary supplements are safe before marketing them, not like medications and/or pharmaceuticals, which have to be researched and tested prior to being marketed. The only time the FDA can intervene in the marketing of dietary supplements is when there are reported problems.The Office of Dietary Supplements, recommends that if you do have any problems with dietary supplements, to call the Food and Drug Administration and report it.

The National Instit. of Health’s Office of Dietary Supplements does not test, research, rate or recommend dietary supplements. They do recommend contacting the manufacturers of the dietary supplements if you have any questions. There are several known organizations that offer their “seal of approval” on dietary supplements; one listed below. Just want people to keep in mind that it is a known fact, that getting your vitamins/minerals etc is always best when ingested in your dietary intake of food.

LINK to Office of Dietary Supplements-Nat. Inst of Health

LINK to organization offering seal of approval on supplements

LINK to Food and Drug Administration

 

 

 

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