Updated: Jan 25, 2019
Millions of Americans consume supplements and vitamins each day. Despite that there are many miss-understood facts about supplements and vitamins. Here we describe a few.
Breaking the Myths
1. Supplements are regulated like drugs
Supplements aren't regulated as drugs by the FDA; instead, they are considered foods, hence the name dietary supplements. Supplements don't have to go through the same rigorous approval process that drugs do. There is often no consistency from batch to batch. This is why you'll see phrases on vitamin bottles that proclaim, "Supports a strong immune system*" with the asterisk pointing to a statement that says, "Claims have not been evaluated by the FDA."
Even if you do report a problem to the FDA, it's kind of the Wild West in supplement county, and there's only one sheriff. "It's not that they don't have regulation. It's that the FDA does not have the man hours to monitor everyone. Keep that in mind the next time you're at the drugstore seeking a quick, supposedly natural fix for whatever ails you.