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Are your nutritional supplements pure?

Published on July 29, 2015 by Dr. Myra Reed

Remember a few months back when the media launched shocking news that many of the herbal and nutritional supplements on pharmacy shelves across the U.S. contained only tiny amounts, or in some cases, none of the advertised ingredients? As a consumer, it can be hard to know when you are getting the right supplement— just because you find it on the shelf of a store you consider reliable doesn’t mean that it is.

How the FDA looks at supplements

The first fact we need to understand about medications and vitamins or supplements is that they are regulated differently in the United States. The Food and Drug Administration is responsible for both groups, but in very different ways. Medications—like those you get from your doctor by prescription to treat an illness—are considered dangerous until proven safe in the FDA’s eyes. Many clinical trials are required and drugs are closely studied before being released for use by the general public.

In the case of vitamins and supplements, the FDA considers them safe until proven dangerous. In the United States, the FDA is not responsible for the safety or quality of dietary supplements. Who is? The manufacturers. That’s why you need to know where your supplements are coming from and what that company does to ensure their products are pure. All of the supplements used by Dr. Myra Reed are third party tested for purity and quality before they ever come to you and are free of all additives, preservatives and gluten.

Take supplements with confidence

I take the purity and the source of every supplement, mineral and vitamin I recommend very seriously. That’s why my supplements are third-party tested, 100% natural, and certified heavy metal and toxin free. I want you to know that I’ve researched each and every supplement supplier closely and choose only the best for you. Just because it is on the shelf of your local retail store or pharmacy, doesn’t mean it is 100% of what you think you are buying or needing.

Don’t stand and stare at drug store shelves trying to guess what vitamins you need.  By using advanced targeted testing, I can quickly and accurately determine what vitamins and nutrients your body needs most—then recommend just the right ones to help you feel your best without all the guesswork. Give me a call today and let’s get started.

Warning signs your supplements may not be safe

Just because you find a bottle on a store shelf or order it online does not mean it’s safe. Supplements can be laced with fillers, hormones, and in some cases (mostly in drugs from other countries)  dangerous prescription medications have been found inside. And none of them are listed on the label. Some warning signs that a supplement may not be safe include:

  • It claims to treat an actual medical condition on the bottle. For example: “Cure fatigue with this amazing treatment!” or something similar
  • Products that promise dramatic weight loss, bodybuilding or enhanced sexual performance like “Lose 10 pounds in three days!”
  • Products advertised through unsolicited mass email campaigns (SPAM)
  • Ordering from online discount retailers (like Amazon)


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