May 22, 2013
Are your supplement
labels lying to you?
You may have heard some news lately about problems in the supplement industry. Any time a product includes ingredients, whether it be food, drugs, or supplements, the label is supposed to reveal what those ingredients are. But news broke recently saying that many supplement companies don't reveal exactly what's in their pills.

Erin LeBlanc, an endocrinologist for Kaiser in Oregon, decided to conduct a study on supplement irregularities and chose popular vitamin D. This is because she found that even compounding pharmacies making vitamin D turned out pills containing 52% to 146% of the promised vitamin D doses.

In the study, when she widened the search, LeBlanc found that the differences were even greater. Some common vitamin D supplements sold in stores contained anywhere from 9-140% of the amount per pill listed on the label.

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Reports like this sadden me. They result in more calls for the FDA (Fraud and Deception Administration) to exert more oversight. I don't want the FDA in our face when it comes to supplements. At the same time, the industry must do more to police itself.

I'll tell you that these findings are one reason why my colleagues and I usually stick with certain manufacturers and brands. We've seen the effects on our patients and simply don't want to switch when we're successful. If a product doesn't work, we abandon it.

Advanced Bionutritionals products are put together by a maker I've known and trusted for years. They also assay all the raw materials as well as each finished product batches to ensure they contain the amount stated on the label. Furthermore, there is a money-back guarantee. Not happy with a product? Return it!

I encourage the supplement industry to create its own police force to test supplements for potency. If this doesn't happen, the FDA just might. This might add to the cost of supplements. I'd rather see a small increase in price for the reassurance to you, the consumer, that the product is what it says. I think you probably would as well.

REF: USA Today 2-11-13.

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