A supplement is something that completes or enhances something else when added to it. In the fitness industry, some athletes assert that they cannot start their workout without their pre-workout or some other supplement. But can they? Of course they can! There are many supplements in the industry and they all claim to be the absolute best. How does one decide nowadays when a lot of these supplements are not by definition, even supplements?
According to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, “Under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act (as amended by the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994), dietary supplement firms do not need FDA approval prior to marketing their products. It is the company’s responsibility to make sure its products are safe and that any claims made about such products are true. But just because you see a supplement product on a store shelf does not mean it is safe”.
Supplements in the past have been found to contain fluoxetine, which is the active ingredient found in Prozac. Another ingredient contained triamterene, a powerful diuretic that can have serious side-effects.
And if you’re about to take what you think of as “natural” dietary supplements, such as bee pollen or Garcinia cambogia, you should be aware that FDA has found some of these products also contain hidden active ingredients contained in prescription drugs. The FDA maintains an online list of known weight-loss products that are not FDA approved.
So are these supplements worth the risk? Even if you were to take a magical pill without having to change your workout regiment or diet, is that a healthy or safe option? Vitamins that are necessary for the body to properly function can be found in a healthy food regimen. Eating “right” or “clean” is a lot easier said than done for many individuals. The fact remains that companies are here to make money. It is up to us to figure out what is best for our bodies.