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10 Myths And Truths About Dietary Supplements

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10 Myths And Truths About Dietary Supplements 1

There’s a reason many supermarkets and drug stores devote an entire aisle to nutritional supplements. For those of us on a quest for better health, it’s hard to resist the promise that it can be delivered in the form of neatly packaged pills.

One in three American adults takes at least one dietary supplement each day, reports the Office of Dietary Supplements at the National Institutes of Health. Overall, Americans spend more than $11 billion annually on vitamins and minerals, according to the most recent government figures.

With entire stores dedicated to selling dietary supplements, they must be good for you, right?

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This may not be true. Manufacturers exist who take advantage of the lack of research about most of these supplements as well as a lack of oversight by the Food and Drug Administration. Err on the side of caution, and always consult a physician before taking any supplement.
The FDA states manufacturers cannot overstate potential health benefits and must be honest about what is actually in the supplement. In the interest of profit, however, some manufacturers exaggerate the benefits and ignore the dangers of certain supplements. Some even outright lie about what is in a supplement. It is hard to tell fact from fiction, but legitimate research and studies agree on several things.

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