SPECIAL Update: 3 Things You Need to Know About Dietary Supplements

What You Need to Know About Dietary Supplements (image courtesy of worradmu/FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

Do you know if the supplements you take are safe and effective?

Have they passed independent testing?

If you’re not sure, don’t worry. The research provided here will put you at ease and help you find out (just 1 click away).

3 Things Your Need to Know about Dietary Supplements 

1.Limited Regulation Since 1994

Just recently, FRONTLINE aired a program on PBS stations, Supplements and Safety. The program exposed several problems due to limited regulation of the supplement industry, including tainted products and issues with popular supplements like Vitamin D and fish oil. In case you missed it, you can see it here.


2.Three Trusted Agencies Separate the Good from the Bad  

What many people do not realize is that the FRONTLINE program did not discuss the three agencies that test the safety of dietary supplements on the market today. These three agencies show approved and non-approved products. To learn more about the three agencies, I found a peer-reviewed article from the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that you can download. It’s called “Quality Certification Programs for Dietary Supplements.”  Here’s the article. Quality Certification Programs for Dietary Supplements.

3. Approved Supplements Are Listed Below in a Research-Based Online Reference Guide

To help you find safe and effective dietary supplements, I’ve updated my research-based online reference guide that shows products that fall within the window of acceptance of these agencies. These products have been approved by independent testing.

For more details of the guide, click here.

Or, with just 1 click, you can find approved products.

Simply scroll down to access what you’d like...

Research-Based Online Reference Guide of Tested and True Dietary supplements

Tested and True: Fish Oil

Tested and True: Krill Oil

Tested and True: Multivitamins

Tested and True: Vitamin D

Tested and True: Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ-10)

Tested and True: Glucosamine and Chondroitin

Tested and True: Probiotics

Tested and True: Muscle Enhancers – Creatine

Tested and True: Muscle Enhancers – Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs)

Tested and True: Nutrition Bars

Tested and True: Nutrition Drinks & Powders

Tested and True: Weight Loss Accelerators and Appetite Controllers

Tested and True: Mood Booster SAM-e

Tested and True: Mood Booster St. Johns’ Wort

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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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