A recent government study said more than half of all Americans take dietary supplements, which in my opinion is surprisingly high, considering these pills and powders aren’t regulated like drugs but like foods. The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994 defined “dietary supplement” to include vitamins, minerals, botanicals and other ingredients, and ruled that supplements would be regulated like foods. This exempted companies from having to prove the safety or efficacy of their products — entirely reasonable, given that the nutrients come from natural foods, say advocates. The law also permitted supplement makers to use several kinds of marketing claims (some that don’t require FDA approval), including structure/function statements, which describe how a nutrient is intended to affect the body. Read the Huffington Post story here.
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Born Irish Bostonian transplanted from my hometown of Los Angeles to New York City where I now call Hell's Kitchen my home. I am a creative and artistic person living life as a positive and spiritual person. Lover of people with good humor, live shows be it concerts, Broadway, or local bands, and new experiences that can be educational, inspiring, and fun such as museums, festivals, or traveling. I consider my friends as family, and my family as friends. Whether or not it's one or one hundred people you may have to call as either the genuine payoff is love, understanding, and gift we should cherish. View all posts by Garrett Kimball