Quote of the Day: “Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.” ~ Socrates
Song of the Day: S’ Wonderful – Ella Fitzgerald
Exercise of the Day: Jump Pilates
Affirmation: “I will always keep my childlike wonderment.”
Tip: Have you ever wondered if supplements are safe to take and how the product is regulated to make sure you are actually getting what the product says it is? Well, the answer is somewhat lengthy. The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act, approved by Congress in 1994, defines dietary supplements as products that:
- Are intended to supplement the diet (meaning give you added nutritional benefits that you may be missing in your diet.)
- Contain one or more ingredients (like vitamins, herbs, amino acids or their constituents)
- Are intended to be taken orally
- Are labeled as dietary supplements
Once a product has been defined by The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act, The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) will step in before a product hits the shelf and ensure that the manufacturing practices of supplements are consistent with the following:
- Are produced in a quality manner
- Do not contain contaminants or impurities
- Are accurately labeled
The FDA manufacturing practices are very specific to the production of capsules and powders and will give consumers great confidence that what is on the label is actually in the product.
The FDA provides manufacturers with guidelines for making claims about what effects their products have on the body. Meaning they can’t lie to you and tell you a supplement will do something that it won’t. Manufacturers have to provide the FDA with evidence that their dietary supplements are effective and safe.