The House Agriculture Appropriations Committee has released a report that, among other things, chastises the FDA for stalling on the second draft of their New Dietary Ingredient (NDI) guidance. The committee directed the FDA to end this “regulatory uncertainty,” issue a timeline for the NDI guidance, and include stakeholders in the process.
Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and three of his colleagues have introduced S 1031 , a bill that would allow Health Savings Account (HSA) funds to go toward dietary supplements  without having to get a doctor’s prescription; the same would apply to Health Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs). The legislation, called the Family and Retirement Health Investment Act of 2013 , does this by expanding the term “medical care” to include dietary supplements, and it would allow spending up to $1,000 each year. A companion bill, HR 2194 , was introduced in the House by Rep. Erick Paulsen (R-MN).
Consumers should not buy sexual enhancement supplements, either online or in stores, because the products may contain undisclosed drugs that could cause serious harm, medical experts say.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a new safety warning about an ingredient sometimes added to fitness supplements that it claims could cause health problems in certain individuals. According to a recent public announcement, the FDA has received complaints from a handful of consumers over the years linking the nervous system stimulant 1,3 dimethylamylamine, also known as DMAA, to heart attacks and even death, hence the need for a safety warning.
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In a perfect world, humans would easily get all the nutrition we need from basic foods. But since the world is far from perfect, dietary supplementation is often necessary to overcome the nutritional shortfalls we face as a result of nutrient-depleted soils, environmental toxins, processed foods, and various other negative factors. Here are eight nutritional supplements you should be taking every day to help level the nutritional playing field and boost your health to where it was meant to be:
While mainstream medicine continues to push a host of side-effect laden drugs to supposedly keep bones strong, there may be a much safer solution to help ward off osteoporosis -- making sure you consume supplements and/or foods containing potassium citrate, vitamin D and calcium.
Boron is a mineral that is found in food and the environment. People take boron supplements as medicine.