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Watch out: If you’re into supplements

Dietary and other health supplements are not regulated (I could stop right there but I’ll add a bit just for safety) nearly to the same extent as medications are.

So if you’re one of the millions and millions of people who believe you need to take a supplement, here’s something to think about.

First, you’re probably wrong.

Happily, in Canada, studies are pretty clear that very few people need to take any sort of supplement, even such widely promoted supplements as calcium and vitamin D (key exceptions are women who are pregnant and people with specific nutritional deficiencies).

Plus, there’s this: Absolutely no proof that supplements will help you ward off those chronic illnesses that you believe you’re preventing with those supplements you’re taking such as heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

Third, and this is probably most worrisome, you really have no idea what you’re getting when you consume most supplements.

Thus, according to the US FDA commissioner, Scott Gottlieb, “As the popularity of supplements has grown, so have the number of entities marketing potentially dangerous products . . .”

This from the guy who knows more than anyone else about the medicinal and nutritional products you consume.

Food for thought, I hope.

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