Should Supplements Be a Part of Your Weight Loss Strategy?
If you have attempted to lose weight then chances are you have turned to supplements to aid your efforts. I don’t think there is anything wrong with that but like anything there should be a little caution on taking just anything because somebody said it worked. Doing your homework, as it were, can save you a lot of grief and a little cash.
If all else fails talk to your doctor. You should be talking with your doctor long before it gets to the “if all else fails” stage, but anytime you start to self medicate you have to know or at least suspect that there could be interactions with any medications you may be taking or side effects that you may not know about. Doctors don’t know everything, but it’s a good bet that they can spare you some issues from the knowledge they do have.
Some of the bigger issues with supplements, granted not all if any are used for weight loss, but still, have been in the news in the recent past and have been flagged by government agencies.
“Health experts and government agencies have flagged the potential dangers of dietary supplements, some of which promise energy, weight loss, increased muscle mass or improved sexual performance. Although such products often are promoted as “herbal” or “natural,” they can contain synthetic ingredients and toxic chemicals not listed on their labels.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns that hidden ingredients are becoming increasingly common among over-the-counter supplements. In February 2017, the FDA issued advisories about five weight-loss products after lab analyses confirmed they contained a controlled substance that was removed from the market for safety reasons in 2010. In March 2017, the federal agency issued advisories for two sexual-enhancement products made with an ingredient that may reduce blood pressure and interact with some prescription drugs.
While the FDA regulates dietary supplements, it does not approve or check these products before they are sold to the public. The agency is responsible for taking action against products that are harmful or misleading once they are on the market. On its website, the FDA provides a searchable list of the nearly 800 potentially hazardous supplements containing hidden ingredients.
The form of “herbal Viagra” that basketball star Lamar Odom reportedly took before he lost consciousness and was placed on life support in 2015 has been on an FDA warning list since 2013. In 2015, attorney generals from 14 states sent a joint letter to Congress asking it to “launch a comprehensive congressional inquiry into the herbal supplements industry, and to weigh a more robust oversight role for the Food and Drug Administration.” Since then, some states, including New York, have individually reached agreements with manufacturers to improve quality control.
Despite potential health concerns, herbal supplements remain popular in the United States, where the overall market for dietary supplements reached an estimated $32.5 billion in sales in 2012, according to a paper published in The Journal of Nutrition.
To help media professionals who are covering this issue, Journalist’s Resource has pulled together several studies that have been published in peer-reviewed, academic journals within the past several years. Another helpful resource is the U.S. Library of Medicine, which offers a searchable database of herbs and supplements and a helpful overview of herbal and dietary supplements. Some of the advocacy and trade associations representing the dietary supplement industry are the Council for Responsible Nutrition, Consumer Healthcare Products Association and American Herbal Products Association.” Curated from journalistsresource.org
If any supplement is being marketed with benefits that sound to good to be true, they probably are or if it is delivering as promised you should want to know why before it is ever considered for your own use.