As American citizens become more conscious of their health and more committed to improving their wellness, drug manufacturers are capitalizing on the opportunity to sell more supplements than ever before. Though dietary supplements serve important purposes when produced and used properly, a recent test on major national retailers like GNC, Target, Walgreens, and Walmart found that the majority of mass-produced supplements cannot be trusted.
According to the New York State attorney general’s office, major retailers are selling fraudulent and possibly even dangerous herbal supplements. Four of out five products tested did not contain the herbs on their labels, instead consisting of cheap fillers like powdered rice, asparagus, and houseplants. Not only are these ingredients worthless for the purposes the products promise to fulfill, they are also dangerous to those with allergies.
How Is Such Widespread Fraud Even Possible?
Dietary supplements are exempt from the strict regulatory oversight required for prescription drugs, which for years has allowed manufacturers to sell products without meeting quality and safety requirements. The recent announcement from the New York State attorney general’s office marks the first effort by law enforcement to protect consumers from deliberately misleading herbal supplements.
As stated by Eric T. Schneiderman, the state attorney general, “Mislabeling, contamination and false advertising are illegal. They also pose unacceptable risks to New York families-especially those with allergies to hidden ingredients.”
What Does This Mean For You?
If you currently rely on supplements to improve your health or want to begin enhancing your wellness this way, it is not enough to simply walk into your local Target and purchase a 60-day supply of ginkgo biloba. The attorney general’s findings make it clear that you cannot guarantee the safety or quality of standard supplements. Furthermore, even with the growing prevalence of websites like WebMD and Healthline, you can only truly uncover your nutritional deficiencies by undergoing testing and a full panel from a trusted physician.
Only a doctor can identify your specific deficiencies and recommend trusted, time-tested supplements that contain the highest quality ingredients to support your health. So rather than taking your chances at a big box store, make an appointment at Bella Med Spa in Tampa, Florida.
Dr. Yvette Suarez will complete the proper testing to help you understand your nutritional deficiencies. She will also recommend the best supplements to help you meet your wellness goals and embrace the highest quality of life once again. Call (813) 929-1500 to schedule your appointment today!