Dr. Sharolyn Dihigo, DNP, RN, CPNP-PC,FNP-C // Apr 19, 2018
Costco, Target, Walmart, Amazon, GNC, Walgreens, and other large retail stores have been under fire for selling supplements that do not hold up to the current standards or consumer’s expectations.
 

 

 

Facts:

• A lawsuit was filed against Costco for selling a fish oil supplement (Omega 3s) containing only half the amount of omega 3s stated on the label (Feb, 2017).

• Amazon has had difficulty identifying, tracking, and eliminating fraudulent, “look alike” websites that appear to look like the real retailer only to be a fake site selling poor quality products.

• 4 out of 5 tested supplements did not contain the ingredients as stated on the label.

• Some supplements tested contained only beans and rice and nothing that appeared on the label.

• Further quality testing showed products contained half the amount as stated on the label.

• No ingredients present in the product as listed on the label.

• Diet pills bought OTC contained amphetamines (contaminants).

• Fish Oils bought OTC are already oxidized and could be potentially dangerous instead of beneficial What about buying from large retailers?

• When you purchase supplements and nutritional products from mass produced, large manufacturers, quality of ingredients and contaminants become a concern.

• To sell a product at Walmart, quality is often sacrificed to meet price expectations.


    Tips for Safe Supplements Use
    • First consult with your healthcare provider.

    • Make sure supplements do not interact with any medications, prescription or over the counter, that you are taking.

    • Buy from small companies where supplements are made in smaller batches to control for quality and potential contaminants.

    • Check the reputation of any company you plan to buy supplements from.

    • Often healthcare providers have taken this guesswork out of the equation and some carry supplements from reputable companies where quality, accuracy, and purity are the standard.

    • Remember, with supplements, chances are you do get what you pay for!

    Smooth Transition Supplements have been tested for quality, authenticity and are manufactured in the USA in GMP Certified Facilities.


        References
        http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/1532311supplements.html#document/p1
        https://www.cbsnews.com/news/herbal-supplements- targeted-by- new-york- attorney-general/

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