Dietary Supplements and the FDA: The Link

We live in a very goal-orientated and deadline based society where constant and oftentimes, conflicting demands are placed upon our time, attention and energy and sometimes it can be very difficult trying to walk that fine line between so many different contradictory obligations.

As a result, people will often find themselves working longer than they should, foregoing meals and good eating habits, and even sleep. All of these essential biological processes which are essential for the sustenance of life and good health become subordinate to the demands on our time.

What this means then is that our health takes a nosedive, as our body is left trying to compensate for the lack of essential nutrients, minerals and vitamins that are so acutely absent, and as such has been reflected in the degradation of skin quality and the increase in digestive tract problems.

In addition, people are becoming increasingly savvy and educating themselves as to the potential and actual risks that prescription medications pose, and as such this has meant the herbal supplement is now booming.

People erroneously assume that just because an herbal remedy is natural therefore it cannot cause any harm or pose any element of risk to them. Alternatively, people assume that the dietary supplement and herbal remedy is like the wild west: lawless, unregulated and chaotic.

Both of these presumptions are wrong and it is important that an element of proportion and sense of perspective is maintained when considering the issue. In the first instance, the herbal remedy market is tightly regulated and closely monitored with stringent quality control measures in place.

In America, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the primary statutory body that is empowered to license and regulate any new dietary supplements that come onto the market.

Perhaps one of the most assuring requirements of the FDA is the mandate that any claims of purported health benefits made by a particular dietary supplement must be backed up by clinical, independent studies.

In the event that the FDA still has reservations as to the suitability and safety of a particular dietary supplement it can step in and either prevent the dietary supplement from being sold to the general public or, in extreme cases, seize control of the stock for disposal.

The FDA prides itself on promoting, preserving and advocating the health and rights to free choice for the citizens of America and so they sweat the small details so you, the consumer never have to.