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