Supplement Dangers

With the recent expose from Consumer Reports regarding dangerous supplements, there has been a lot of buzz about what's good, what's bad, etc. Marion Nestle recently blogged about this and provided a good summary of what Consumer Reports advises people to do: 

Beware of these categories.  Supplements for weight loss, sexual enhancement, and bodybuilding have been problematic, the FDA said, because some contain steroids and prescription drugs.

   Don’t assume more is better. It’s possible to overdose even on beneficial vitamins and minerals. Avoid any product that claims to contain “megadoses.”

   Report problems. Let your doctor know if you experience any symptoms after you start taking a supplement…do it yourself at www.fda.gov/medwatch or by calling 800-332-1088.

   Research in the right places. Be skeptical about claims made for supplements in ads, on TV and by sales staff. If a claim sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Here's an oldie (but a goodie) sample from my former Fat Loss Accelerator program talking about some of my recommended supplements:

Also check out my post on Whey Protein Isolate vs. Whey Protein Concentrate.

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About michaelroussell

Dr. Mike is a nutrition consultant and author with a diverse nutritional background serving as a consultant to professional athletes, executives as well as pharmaceutical and food companies. Dr. Mike is most well-known for his blend of nutritional science and psychology which helps clients make long lasting and power changes to their body and health. Dr. Mike holds a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and a doctorate in nutrition. He is the author of the 6 Pillars of Nutrition.
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