You may have seen the new Consumer Reports article, “10 Surprising Dangers of Vitamins and Supplements.” This isn’t a new topic. Periodically, a new study will spark a media circus about the “dangers” of nutritional supplements.
While this article attempts to discredit the entire nutritional supplement industry, it actually underscores an important point—that not all supplements on the store shelf are trustworthy. As Consumer Reports accurately stated, you need to get the right amount of each nutrient and ensure that the formula you’re taking is pure—not tainted with pharmaceuticals or other contaminants.
This is the very reason I started formulating my own supplements. I make sure that every supplement I put my name on is clean, pure, and potent—in fact, each one is triple-tested. In addition, I know the doses are safe and the labels are 100 percent accurate.
The Consumer Reports article also goes on to claim that supplements are not proven to cure major diseases, or offer protection from heart disease or cancer. As often happens in these anti-supplement articles, the reporters dug up a few isolated studies that illustrated their data points—for example, the faulty one about vitamin E and prostate cancer.
Meanwhile, they conveniently omitted the thousands of studies that show the huge benefits of nutritional supplements, such as…
- Research shows that for type 2 diabetes, berberine works just as well as the top-selling drug for type 2 diabetes, metformin (Glucophage).
- Large-scale research has shown vitamin A supplements reduce the risk of melanoma by 40 percent.
- Supplemental selenium can reduce cancer death rates by as much as 50 percent—which was reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
What’s the bottom line for you? Don’t let this type of one-sided reporting deter you from the immense benefits of nutritional supplements. But at the same time, make sure you’re buying your nutritional supplements from a trusted source and read labels carefully.
Now it’s your turn: What’s your opinion of these types of articles?