Dietary supplements: Fact or fraud?
MILWAUKEE - Are dietary supplements really as safe and effective as they claim? Maybe not. And, if you are not careful, they can actually create more harm than good.
You have seen them advertised in magazines, online, on T.V., or on the shelf of your local drug store, and they promise to improve your quality of life. But are the claims made by the makers of dietary supplements as safe and effective as they say? Maybe not.
The Food and Drug Administration warns that labeling of some of these products may be misleading or deceptive. And hidden ingredients in some these products could cause serious health issues or even death.
Before you buy or use a dietary supplement, the FDA suggests that you look for tell tale signs of a potential fraud such as mass marketing via e-mail, false testimonials, promises that seem too good to be true, and claims that the product is an FDA-approved alternative to a prescription drug.
They also suggest that you contact your health care professional and ask questions about what products would work best for you and if these so called dietary supplements are safe and reliable. For more information about dietary supplements, go to the website for the food and drug administration at www.FDA.gov.