There are so many supplements available nowadays, but how sure are you that your supplements are safe and effective? Distinguishing between the ones that really work and the ones that are full of hype can make the difference in using a safe supplement and a not so safe one.
South Africans must be very cautious when using vitamins and supplements. This is the advice of Dr Robert Delgado, a chiropractor and lifestyle coach. His advice comes on the back of a 2015 New York investigation into the contents of supplements.
Tests showed that the ingredients of some “herbal supplements” did not match the product labels and in some cases didn’t even contain any herbs at all. This led to serious legal consequences for some American retailers, who were accused of selling fraudulent and potentially dangerous herbal supplements.
Supplements in South Africa
Dr Delgado says that many South Africans take vitamins and supplements daily in an effort to reach their recommended intake of important nutrients and vitamins.
There is also a rapidly growing market for over-the-counter weight loss medicines and supplements.