Are my supplements safe or what?

supplementsIt seems as though every other day I’m hearing something on the news about false health claims being made by supplement manufacturers. In fact a recent probe found popular store brand supplements to be fake (http://insider.foxnews.com/2015/02/03/new-york-ag-walmart-target-gnc-walgreens-supplements-are-phony-contaminated). I was beside myself when I heard about this. Like many, I take dietary supplements to maintain my health, especially now that I am over 50. But I just don’t know if I can trust the labels anymore.

So I decided to do a little digging to see if I could find a website that researches dietary supplements. What I found was of tremendous help and I want to share it with all of you. The link below takes you to the The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NIH) website where it provides important information on dietary supplements, such as federal regulation requirements, safety considerations and important current research. It also provides resource links to help consumers learn more about dietary supplements. One of the resource links I found to be incredibly helpful was to the U.S. Food and Drug Administrations product notifications and recall reports. I actually found my multivitamin on that website. It so happens that a particular batch was recalled because it was found to be made from ingredients that were contaminated with “Chloramphenicol”. What’s that, you ask? It’s an antibiotic, a very powerful one at that-used to treat resistant bacteria (http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-chloramphenicol.htm). What’s an antibiotic doing in my vitamins? That scared the heck out of me. And now, here I am staring at my full bottle of supplements, afraid to take them.

But we need to know these things. And now I am going to be more cautious. I am not trying to imply that we shouldn’t take supplements. I just think that we need to do research on anything that we put into our bodies. So without further delay, here is that link I promised. Make sure to bookmark it because you won’t get through it in one sitting. I think you will find it to be very helpful in your quest to find the truth about your supplements.

Link to NIH – https://nccih.nih.gov/health/supplements/wiseuse.htm#hed7