Spotlight: Supplements – Who’s Got Your Back?

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Since we, as consumers, along with manufacturers, are responsible for the safety and efficacy of dietary supplements, (according to the FDA) it is essential to know what supportive resources are available to us. Especially important to know given the fact that 34% of the most popular multivitamins tested “defective” in the last year.*


To help you understand both safety and efficacy, here are some resources.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

The FDA established a set of Dietary Supplement Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPS) that all domestic and foreign companies that manufacture, package, label or hold dietary supplement, including those involved with testing, quality control, and dietary supplement distribution in the U.S., must comply.  The FDA is responsible for taking action against any unsafe dietary supplement product after it reaches the market. This helps identify bad sources but only after a risk has been identified.

United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP)

A scientific nonprofit organization that sets standards for the quality, purity, identity, and strength of medicines, food ingredients, and dietary supplements manufactured, distributed and consumed worldwide.  Products that meet the USP voluntary program’s stringent criteria are awarded the distinctive USP Verified Mark.

National Sanitation Foundation (NSF International)

NSF is an independent, not-for-profit organization offering unbiased product testing of dietary supplements. Products that meet the main components of the NSF Dietary Supplements Certification Program will earn the NSF International certification mark.

Consumer Lab (CL)

Consumer Lab may be the leading provider of independent test results and information to help consumers and healthcare professionals identify the best quality health and nutrition products. CL enables companies of all sizes to have their products voluntarily tested for potential inclusion in its list of Approved Quality products and bear the “CL Seal.”

Here’s How to Read a approved quality product Seal. – “CL Seal”

Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS)

The mission of the Office of Dietary Supplements at the National Institutes of Health is to strengthen knowledge and understanding of dietary supplements by evaluating scientific information, stimulating and supporting research, disseminating research results, and educating the public to foster an enhanced quality of life and health for the U.S. population.

*Consumer Lab, 2011

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: Consumer Reports Health







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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