Have you taken a dietary supplement? Read this.

There are lots of reasons you might take a dietary supplement — to feel healthy, to feel younger, to manage pain, or just to get more nutrients. But while some supplements have proven benefits, some may not work the way their ads claim, and others might be downright dangerous for your health. Yes, even the ones that claim to be “all-natural.”

Dietary Supplement Ads Infographic: While some dietary supplements have proven benefits, others don’t. And some could even be risky for your health.

Dietary Supplement Ads

Today, the FTC along with other federal agencies announced a joint sweep of actions against companies that have misled people about the safety, effectiveness, or contents of their dietary supplements. Specifically, the FTC brought cases against marketers who didn’t have scientific proof that their supplements worked. We’ve written about some of these cases before, which included ads claiming certain supplements could help you:

Additionally, the FTC just announced a new case against Sunrise Nutraceuticals. The company claimed its supplement, Elimidrol, could help people overcome opiate addiction and withdrawal. But according to the FTC’s complaint, those claims aren’t backed by science.

What can you take away from all of these cases? Be skeptical about ads promising miraculous results just by taking a dietary supplement. If you decide to take a supplement, talk to your doctor first to make sure it’s safe and right for you. This is especially important if you have a medical condition, take other medicines, or plan to have surgery.

What else can you do? Share this blog post and infographic with your family and friends, and check out our article on dietary supplements for more information.

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Tkank you to keep the u.s. citicents aware of thse types of suplemntas pills scams.

It's about time. This makes me so happy. Not regulating these crooks has been horrible for the poorest among us.

By the FTC taking action and beginning to increasingly pursue claims against companies who deceive their clients through false advertising, I believe consumers are receiving a great benefit from the federal government. Drugs that falsely claim individuals will “lose weight" or "improve cognitive function and memory" provide consumers with a false sense of hope, and substantially bring down the credibility of the industry. By the FTC stepping in and cracking down on faulty drugs, I believe that justice is being given to industries that deserve it.
For me personally, I am a big fan of whey protein supplements, and I rely on them for a great deal of my daily nutrition and workouts. If there are any supplements that claim to be highly effective, but have not had their benefits scientifically proven to show positive results, I often become hesitant of them. There are consumers besides me, however, who might not be as educated in the nutritional value of the supplements and might be purchasing a product that will not provide them with proper benefits. Not only is this a waste of time and money by the consumer, but it is also a deterrent from them further purchasing products from that industry.
In the case of Sunrise Corporation, whose claims of easing opium addiction and withdrawal are “guaranteed to work”, people absolutely deserve to know that they are receiving the effective product they have asked for. By the FTC stepping in and pointing the finger at companies (especially within the field of nutritional supplements) whose claims to benefit consumers cannot be justified, I think the FTC is following the right path to benefitting not only the affiliated industries, but the consumer as well. As complaints are increasingly filed in individual courts, I believe the Health Nutrition Product industry will be further legitimized and substantiated as its products endure a more effective approval procedure.

I applaud the FTC for cracking down on these charlatans. Now only if they would go after that 5Linx company, which is constantly claiming "miraculous" health benefits from its products. How is spraying vegetable oil on coffee beans a remedy to memory and weight-loss? That phony Montevida coffee it swindles people into buying should be banned. $36 for a 12 ounce bag on useless and terrible tasting coffee that sells for $19 dollars on Amazon!

You can report your experience with a product that didn't live up to its advertising claims to the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint. The details you give will go into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations.

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