Health supplements and herbs - substantiation or refutation of claims

Posted on 2011-04-25
Last Modified: 2013-12-24

Some of us can be bombarded by claims about the effectiveness of various vitamins, supplements and herbs that are purported to help or eliminate various health issues.  

Is there a  web site or source that is a focal point for providing credible support or debunking of these various claims?  

Please don't simply give a bare link without any useful comments.  Also, this question is not inquiring about weight loss products or someone's personal experiences.

Also, not interested in simply knowing the Minimum Daily Requirements for vitamins published by the US FDA.

Question by:WaterStreet
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    Unfortunately, the US does not have a system for testing the effectiveness of supplements and herbs.  And, I don't know of anyone who does.

    Most doctors know alot about drugs and the supplements and herbs that affect them.  You would be wise to talk to your doctor about supplements and herbs before using them.  Just because it comes in a nice package the risk is yours.  Most of these manufacturers have an "AS IS" warning on their websites.

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    One governmental website with info where you can dig is here:

    but when you want to have more detailed info from specialists for a specific product, the you have to pay for a laboratory analysis, a company like this one:  
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    i looked into this question awhile ago and found nothing really definitive. however a quick search found this site (which I'll be looking into myself)
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    I'm not finding any answers to my question.

    "Is there a web site or source that is a focal point for providing credible support or debunking of these various claims?"
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    To whit then the answer is no. There is, as you see from the posts and from browsing the net yourself, a plethora of sites with information. Many of them are pushing one thin or another, but no definitive site. My suggestion is to look for published research from government sites like the FDA or work that has had peer review done from university or medical studies.
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    Thank you all

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