Dietary supplements sold in the United States are regulated by the Food & Drug Administration, the FDA. But because they’re considered a food, not a drug, companies are allowed to release products into the marketplace without testing, as long as the individual ingredients in a product have been tested.
With the explosion in the industry over the past twenty years, “in 1994 there were 4-thousand products on the market, by our estimate there are about 85,000 now,” explained Harvard Medical school’s Dr. Peiter Cohen, there is a lot of room for error. And the FDA is aware of the issue.
Daniel Fabricant, Director of the FDA’s Supplement Programs Department, says that reports of bad side effects have doubled in the past two years.
Learn more about what’s going on in the industry in the video below. And before you take a supplement, always talk to a doctor first.