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Protect Yourself From Fake Supplements: 7 Practical Tips

Thursday, 12 Dec 2013 10:33 PM

Many frauds have been reported about fake supplements that don’t contain the ingredients mentioned. Some online supplement-selling websites are not complying with Federal Drug Administration guidelines. You need to protect yourself from these frauds.
 
Don’t buy supplements which claim quick fixes: It is wise to buy only the supplements that have credible and scientific claims. Easy quick fixes about weight reduction, heart ailments, memory boosting, etc. are generally fraud. Many of these fake supplements don’t provide information about usage and claim their products to be 100 percent safe. But, the truth is otherwise.

Don’t always look for online-sold supplements: It's a known fact about medical fraud that most of the fake supplements are sold online. These pharmacies have no credibility. So restrain yourself from online purchasing and protect your health.

Look for authenticity of the pharmacy: the FDA warns and recommends checking credibility of the manufacturer. All of them should comply with Good Manufacturing Practices. On the FDA's website, you can get updates about health frauds where fake supplement manufacturers' names may be published. You can check the site before purchasing supplements.

Check for ingredients and basic facts: In order to protect yourself from medical fraud, checking the ingredients is a must. If standardized safe extracts are used, it means safety. It is advised to gather prior information about the ingredients on reliable, verified websites. The supplements that have been proved dangerous should never be used.
 
Consult a physician: Always talk to your doctor before starting any food supplement to protect yourself from possible health hazards. Many ingredients may not be good your health.

Call the customer care and check laboratory analysis reports: As most of the supplements manufacturers have a customer-care number, you can call them and ask for their batch analysis reports to check authenticity of the product.

Check for FDA approvals: The best way to protect yourself is to check if the supplements are approved by the FDA. The FDA's website has links to such guidelines issued by NSF International, which works for public hygiene and safety and the Natural Products Association, which is an industry trade group. Websites of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and the National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements offer related information about supplements.

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Protecting yourself from fake supplements is really a tough job. The FDA keeps posting warnings about fake supplements being sold over the Internet and issuing guidelines for checking product credibility and helping you protect your health from this fraud.
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