A surprising new investigation exposes the truth about supplements. Many that consumers can buy over the counter have been found to cause more harm than good. A Consumer Reports in Atlanta has found that there are many hidden dangers linked to usage of these products. Over the past five years the Food and Drug Administration has received more than 6,000 reports of adverse conditions relating to various supplements. Many of these supplements are not regulated, and scarily enough, some are being laced with prescription drugs, such as Viagra and Cialis.
According to a CBS Report, “The FDA says supplements spiked with prescription drugs are ‘the largest threat’ to consumer safety. There have been more than 400 recalls of such products since 2008. Even with uncontaminated vitamins and minerals, the labels don’t tell the whole story because generally, the FDA does not require manufacturers to include warning labels. When Consumer Reports checked out the labels on more than 200 bottles of supplements, it found just one in three listed possible adverse reactions.”
Though this news comes across unnerving, we should take it as a sign that all vitamins and supplements are meant to be a form of additional nutritional benefits which you can easily get from a well-balanced meal. Eating grains, vegetables, and fruits provide the basic tenants for a nutritious diet and allow your body to function properly without additional help.
Do you take vitamins or supplements?