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How do you know if supplement claims are true?

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Supplement makers aren't allowed to say their product diagnoses, treats, cures, reduces the symptoms of, or prevents disease -- and there needs to be a disclaimer statement to that effect on the label. Be suspicious of overblown claims on the label or box, such as "totally natural," "completely safe," or "miracle cure." If you're unsure about a product, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Or call the supplement manufacturer and ask what studies they've done to support the claims they're making.

From: FAQs About Dietary Supplements WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

NIH Office of Dietary Supplements: "Dietary Supplements."

FDA: "Dietary Supplements."

FDA: "FDA 101: Dietary Supplements."

FDA: "Food Facts."

NIH Office of Dietary Supplements: "Dietary Supplements: What You Need to Know."

NIH Office of Dietary Supplements: "Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on November 13, 2018

SOURCES:

NIH Office of Dietary Supplements: "Dietary Supplements."

FDA: "Dietary Supplements."

FDA: "FDA 101: Dietary Supplements."

FDA: "Food Facts."

NIH Office of Dietary Supplements: "Dietary Supplements: What You Need to Know."

NIH Office of Dietary Supplements: "Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on November 13, 2018

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