Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Installment #2: BUYER BEWARE (of SUPPLEMENTS)



I took a fabulous lecture on supplements at IDEA. This was my first lecture of the conference and it definitely set the tone! Scott Josephson, M.S., R.D. is a genuine, passionate, and knowledgeable gentleman. I spoke to him on the phone today regarding more questions I had and he really is someone to FOLLOW.
I wanted to share some information that he gave regarding supplements. If you did not know, supplements have never been regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). I am very weary of supplements for many reasons, but Scott added to my list.
Here are a few requirements when purchasing a supplement:
·         A USP label states accurately that the product has been tested for dosage, contaminants, and it dissolves.
·         Labels lie. PERIOD.
·         Products NEED to have an expiration date.
·         Dosages are labeled higher than required. (Why? So you will buy more.)
·         The studies for the supplement need to be scientific and NOT anecdotal. The studies need to be done on humans. The larger the subject groups, the better.
·         Consumer lab “CL” verifies an independent lab has checked dosage, purity, and absorption. Companies pay $7,500 per product. If a company believes in their product and KNOWS it works, they will pay this to have it tested and CONFIRMED. You can check on consumerlab.com.
·         Without FDA control are expensive brands better?
·         If you have allergies, avoid supplements with yeast, wheat, or gluten.
·         Sodium NEEDS to be listed separately. It lumped with other ingredients, it distorts the content.
·         “Buyers Beware.” There are lies and statistics, If it sounds too good to be true, it is!
Hope this helps when deciding to purchase the supplement with the ad of the guy who has veins popping out and ENORMOUS muscles, (that isn’t HOT!)…
-C

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