Are weight loss supplements safe?

Are weight loss supplements safe?

Weight loss supplements aren’t necessarily safe.

There is no regulation of weight loss supplements before they are sold to you. Manufacturers do not have to prove to you or anyone that:

  • Their supplement is safe and effective.
  • Claims about their supplement are true.
  • The product contains what the label says.

Some supplements have been found to be contaminated with prescription drugs for depression, seizures, heart disease, and erectile dysfunction. Others have been found to contain experimental drugs and drugs not approved for use in the US.

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