Some supplements may help to assure that you get an adequate dietary intake of essential nutrients. However, supplements should not replace the variety of foods that are important to a healthful diet — so, be sure you eat a variety of foods as well. Unlike drugs, supplements are not intended to treat, diagnose, prevent, or cure diseases. That means supplements should not make claims, such as “reduces arthritic pain” or “treats heart disease.” Claims like these can only legitimately be made for drugs, not dietary supplements.
Natural Health News The sceptical caricature of supplement users as desperate individuals putting their faith in magic bullets to keep them healthy has taken a bit of a bashing.
A review published in the journal Nutrition Journal found that use of dietary supplements is just one piece of the puzzle for those making an effort to develop a healthy lifestyle.
The review, co-authored by experts from the US Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) examined data from 20 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles and concluded that, overall, the evidence suggests that users of dietary supplements are seeking wellness and are consciously adopting a variety of lifestyle habits that they consider to contribute to healthy living.
Compiling the available data on the health habits of dietary supplement users, we gained a sharper insight into the positive lifestyle choices of this large segment one half to two-thirds of the American population that takes …
Dietary supplement manufacturers do have to follow some rules regarding labeling and the claims that can be made about the supplements. The claim can be made that a dietary supplement addresses a nutritional deficiency, supports health, or reduces the risk for a specific health problem when there is enough evidence to support that claim. Supplement labels must also use this statement: This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.