Recently the New York Attorney General has accused four of the Nation’s largest dietary supplement providers of selling fraudulent and possibly dangerous herbal supplements. The FDA targeted the national retailers Target, Walmart, GNC, and Walgreens for selling products that contained little if any of the herbs their labels claimed. In fact most of the products contained only fillers; some of which were allergen hazards such as gluten and powdered legumes and lacked any sort of warning label. Current events have highlighted the need for patients to purchase supplements though health care professionals who have access to safe, reliable sources of health products. You can read more here .
Dietary Supplement Use Could Save Billions Of Dollars In Health Care Costs
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 75% of the money spent on US health care goes toward the treatment of chronic disease, while only 3% goes toward prevention. In their report, sponsored by the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), researchers at Frost and Sulivan conducted a systematic review of hundreds of scientific studies looking at the use of dietary supplements and the resulting impact their use could have on the prevention of four chronic disease categories: coronary heart disease (CHD), diabetes-attributed CHD, age-related eye disease (primarily age-related macular degeneration and cataracts) and osteoporosis. The report demonstrates that the use of dietary supplements among those at high risk of experiencing a costly disease-related event can lead to billions of dollars in health care cost savings, not to mention the improvement in the lives for those individuals and their loved ones.