Spotlight: Supplements – What are They?

Dave_TrainerToday’s definition of a supplement was established in 1994 by DSHEA (Dietary Supplement and Health Education Act) which states: a dietary supplement is any product intended for ingestion as a supplement to the diet.  This definition now includes liquids, pills, capsules, or tablet forms of vitamins, minerals, herbs, botanicals, and other plant derived substances, amino acids and concentrates, metabolites, constituents and extracts of these substances.

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) responded to this definition in 1998 by stating: we, as consumers, along with supplement manufacturers, are responsible for the safety and efficacy of dietary supplements. With the FDA oversight becoming retroactive, the flood gates for dietary supplement development began. Sales followed the new open door concept with millions of users consuming numerous concoctions of proposed essential nutrients for healthy living.


For example, fish oil, the most popular supplement in America, has been shown to improve heart health and cardiovascular function. CoQ-10, the fourth most popular supplement, is often used to combat the energy draining effects associated with cholesterol-lowering drugs such as Lipitor, Levacor, and Zocor.

Popularity, however, does not guarantee that you are getting what’s on the product label.

To learn about various Tested and True supplements, scroll below.

Go to Spotlight: Supplements – Why the Hype?

Go to Spotlight: Supplements – What are They?

Go to Spotlight: Supplements – Buyer Beware!

Go to Spotlight: Supplements – Who’s Got Your Back?

Go to Spotlight: Supplements – Tested and True: Defined

Go to Spotlight: Supplements – Tested and True: Fish Oil

Go to Spotlight: Supplements – Tested and True: Krill Oil

Go to Spotlight: Supplements – Tested and True: Multivitamins

Go to Spotlight: Supplements – Do Multivitamins Lower Cancer Risk?

Go to Spotlight: Supplements – Tested and True: Vitamin D

Go to Spotlight Supplements – Can Taking a Vitamin D Supplement Prevent Colds?

Go to Spotlight: Supplements – Tested and True: Calcium

Go to Spotlight: Supplements – Tested and True: Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ-10)

Go to Spotlight: Supplements – Tested and True: Glucosamine and Chondroitin

Go to Spotlight: Supplements – Joint Juice

Go to Spotlight: Supplements – Tested and True: Probiotics

Go to Spotlight: Supplements – Probiotic: Culturelle

Go to Spotlight Supplements – Why Probiotics May Be Worth It

Go to Spotlight: Supplements – Tested and True: Muscle Enhancers – Creatine

Go to Spotlight: Supplements – Tested and True: Muscle Enhancers – Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs)

Go to Spotlight: Supplements – Tested and True: Nutrition Bars

Go to Spotlight: Supplements – Tested and True: Nutrition Drinks & Powders

Go to Spotlight: Supplements – Tested and True: Weight Loss Accelerators and Appetite Controllers

Go to Spotlight: Supplements – Do unroasted coffee beans really help you lose weight?

Go to Spotlight: Supplements – Tested and True: Mood Booster SAM-e

Go to Spotlight: Supplements – Tested and True: Mood Booster St. Johns’ Wort

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*reference: Pentz, J, Truth in Marketing: What’s a Body to Believe, 2nd Edition.




About Dave Barnas, M.S., CES, NASM-CPT

Dave is the true health guy. He is the founder and owner of True Health Unlimited, LLC, a personal health and fitness company in Tolland, CT & Wellness Writers, a subscription wellness newsletter service that incorporates live & virtual wellness workshops for companies across New England. Dave earned both a Bachelor's (1998) and Master's Degree (2000) in Nutritional Science from the University of Connecticut, and also holds certifications as a National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Personal Trainer, National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist, Aerobics and Fitness Association of America Group Instructor, and Nutrition Specialist. He's also the lead author for four published works. Dave has over 20 years of combined experience in nutrition counseling, dietary supplement advising, personal training, corrective exercise training, health coaching and public speaking. In addition, he's spent over 25 years studying spirituality, meditation, and personal growth strategies. Dave's clients are all ages: youth, college championship level athletes, folks in their retired years, and everywhere in between. He's worked with three of the nation's leading physicians as a dietary supplement advisor and been a guest lecturer at Harvard University, Yale University, UConn, St. Joseph College and various church groups, health clubs, and high schools. In 2013, he was invited to Whole Foods Market to share his Real Food Therapy Guide. And in 2015, Dave's funny "Snowga" (yoga in the snow) video caught the attention of The National Weather Channel, who aired it to shake off cabin fever and bring laughter. In 2016, Dave & Hollie (his wife) founded Wellness Writers and deliver evidence-based Wellness E-newsletters to spread a message of health and happiness to various businesses throughout the US. Dave currently serves as a personal trainer in Tolland as well as a wellness coach and writer for several businesses, gyms and wellness facilities throughout the US.

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