Dietary Supplements are 100% Regulated by Jason J. Duke
September 22, 2019 01:29 1 Comment
Dietary Supplement Regulation †
"Are dietary supplements approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)?"
This is a common and frequently asked question that stems from confusion and disinformation. An internet search shows countless search results and articles loaded with tons of disinformation about dietary supplements, such as vitamins, herbs, and concentrated food extractions.
When someone asks the question, "Is this supplement approved?", they may unknowingly be asking if a certain supplement is a drug, like a pharmaceutical pill that one gets prescribed from a doctor. This is because supplements aren't approved by the FDA as prescription drugs, they are regulated by the FDA as food.
Dietary Supplements vs. Pharmaceutical Drugs †
What is the difference between dietary supplements and drugs?
It's commonly understood that drugs must be studied, by double-blind clinical trials, and submitted for approval by the FDA because they are prescribed for specific diseases and generally have to be taken exactly as directed. But even when many drugs are taken as directed, such as antidepressants, their consumption comes with common adverse reactions and side-effects which can harm people.
Food and supplements, consumed within reason, are safe and necessary to promote healthy performance. Protein powder is a very commonly taken dietary supplement and comes with directions that state it is not to be used as a meal replacement. Taking supplements as though they are a complete meal is unreasonable since they don't contain a complete spectrum of nutrition that includes protein, fats and vitamins and minerals which are all essential to the functioning of the human body.
Although dietary supplements are regulated as food, they aren't drugs, which means they can't be prescribed by medical professionals to treat, cure, prevent or mitigate disease. We've all heard that haven't we, but what does this really mean? This means supplements aren't medical health-care and they aren't pharmaceutical drugs.
What are Dietary Supplements? †
Dietary Supplements are Nutrition
Dietary supplements are nutrient dense non-caloric or very low calorie food like vitamins, minerals, herbs and concentrated food extractions. Supplements often have a broad range of benefits; they are intended to supplement the diet with additional nutrition, since they are generally taken with meals.
In contrast, pharmaceuticals don't contain nutrition and are intended to mask symptoms of the diseases they treat. They are often man-made chemicals that have been extensively studied to have a specific effect on human physiology to make one feel better, which can often be confused for 'fixing' a condition. An example is a painkiller which kills pain, but it doesn't supply nutrition to heal the body.
Indeed, the FDA preserves our right to access dietary supplements and their health education information with the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA, 1994). This law protects supplements from becoming restricted and limited for drug use by the medical health-care establishment. With FDA regulation, the general public has free and easy access to dietary supplements and to information about what makes them work.
Dietary Supplements are About Nutrient Density †
Specifically, supplements maintain and promote health through nutrient density. Meals and snacks have calories in the form of protein, fats and carbohydrates, plus vitamins, minerals and unique constituents that promote wellness. In contrast, supplements are food without the calories and instead are concentrated sources of nutrients.
Nutrition for Healthy Performance
The more nutrients one consumes the more nutrition is available for the functioning of certain bodily processes and various tissues throughout the body like muscle, bone, eyes and more. For example, carrots are good for the eyes. This is because they contain carotenoids and vitamin A which are known in nutritional biochemistry to maintain and promote eye health. When someone concentrates only the carotenoids and vitamin A by removing the sugar, fiber and other things they have then created a carotenoid vitamin A dietary supplement.
Nutritional biochemistry is about various structures and functions of the body and the benefits and effects of consuming nutrients. Along with calories, nutrition found in dietary supplements keeps the various parts of the body working and healthy.
This is why DSHEA 1994 was created, to protect the human rights of each individual's health education, which gives us the freedom to learn about nutrition and to take nutrient dense supplements for health.
DSHEA 1994 is a regulatory anti-censorship law that clearly defines dietary supplements, while also protecting and preventing supplements and their health information from becoming approved pharmaceutical drugs under the privatized use and control of the medical health-care establishment.
Research Dietary Supplements for Self-improvement
Confusing dietary supplements and drugs is a mistake.
A Savvy Researcher of Supplements †
So the next time you do a search on the internet and consider a supplement, you'll be ready to discern real supplement and nutrition information from false medical drug disease treatment disinformation.
Now you are ready to practice researching supplements so that you may avoid ineffectually focusing on falsely treating disease and instead productively promote healthy performance.