What Are Supplements?
Nutritional supplements or “Nutriceuticals”
Supplements – Regulated like a food not a medication
Firstly, we need to start with a disclaimer.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does regulate dietary supplements; however, it treats them like foods rather than medications. Unlike drug manufacturers, the makers of supplements don’t have to show their products are safe or effective before selling them on the market.
99% of supplements are effective… at emptying your wallet.
Supplements – A Midlifer perspective
Supplement claims are usually way overblown. There’s no short cuts, no easy path, and no magic pills. Well, there are magic pills, but those are drugs and are FDA regulated, and the effective ones can only be had with a doctor’s prescription.
If your in midlife, you’ve been around the block. You know when someone is trying to pull the wool over your eyes.
Long story short, there’s a few optional supplements that play a supporting role in the quest for health and fitness. There are no miracles in a bottle.
But, there’s a few proven nutritional supplements that have stood the test of time.
Supplements are supplements
Fallen out of favor, studies no longer quite as bullish
- Cohen PA. The Supplement ParadoxNegligible Benefits, Robust Consumption. JAMA. 2016;316(14):1453–1454. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.14252