Remember that time Jax was shown to have taken a number of supplements? Stassi was right in throwing them down the drain and right to be concerned about Jax’s health.
Last night, Frontline, a PBS investigative documentary program, aired a special and long-awaited report on vitamins and supplements. And yes, even those multi-vitamins, vitamin C and vitamin D you think are okay for consumption.
Remember Yolanda Foster’s medicine cabinet? That was filled with various supplements and makes me wonder how many of symptoms or issues could possibly be attributed to the use of those.
I strongly recommend watching the episode here: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/supplements-and-safety/
A number of takeaways from this investigation:
- The FDA does not review any of the products before they are sold. There is very little regulation. Pretty much the only regulation that exists is that they cannot claim to cure specific ailments. But they can say “assist” and “support” without repercussions.
- There is no independent verification or proof of ingredients required. For example, nearly 75% of fish oil supplements do not even contain omega-3 fatty acids.
- In many cases, food is sufficient enough for vitamins. The example of Vitamin E is quite damning. For one pill, you would need to eat over 1,000 almonds in a day. That much intake of Vitamin E is potentially harmful.
- There is little scientific evidence for taking supplements. Study after study demonstrates this.
- Tens of thousands of medical emergencies are due to supplement usage. And we wonder if perhaps there are still
- A couple companies are trying to implement new technologies in order to verify ingredients. But the need for supplements is still questionable, even if the ingredients can all be verified
And frankly, many of them do not work, particularly diet supplements.
Dr. Paul Offit had it right, the notion of a magic pill is seductive. I wonder if the magic is magnified with bottles upon bottles of them.