Don’t Let the Government Ban Your Vitamins

There are literally thousands of well-documented peer-reviewed studies supporting the health benefits of taking vitamins and other dietary supplements.

Yet, this does not stop the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and our Congress (under the strong influence of Big Pharma’s multimillion-dollar lobbying machine) from going “vigilante” from time to time.

What do I mean? Well the FDA has threatened to classify some foods you probably have in your refrigerator or pantry right now, like cherries, yogurt or Cheerios, as “unapproved drugs.” All because the FDA feels the studies strongly supporting various health-related marketing claims weren’t done to their standards.

So antioxidant-rich cherries with their anti-inflammatory properties can’t be mentioned in any way that even remotely implies that this delicious and nutritious fruit will “treat, cure, or prevent any disease or condition.”

Dannon settled a dispute with the FDA by paying $21 million for advertising that their probiotic-rich Activia yogurt “helps regulate your digestive system… naturally.” A claim backed by substantial scientific evidence.

And despite clinical studies supporting the cholesterol-lowering benefits of Cheerios, the FDA was ready to label one of the best-selling breakfast cereals of all time an unapproved drug because of the specificity of some of the language printed on the box.

The maddening irony is that at the same time the FDA is lawyering up to hassle these companies over what amounts to no more than semantics, the powerful snack food lobby has persuaded the FDA that it is fine for Frito-Lay to say:

“You might be surprised at how much good stuff goes into your favorite snack. Good stuff like potatoes, which naturally contain vitamin C and essential minerals. Or corn, one of the world’s most popular grains, packed with thiamin, vitamin B6, and phosphorous – all necessary for healthy bones, teeth, nerves and muscles.”

Give me a break.

What’s even worse is that now, nearly two decades after passage of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act intended to facilitate the flow of safe and beneficial supplements directly to consumers, the FDA has proposed draconian measures on any supplement ingredients introduced after the enactment of this law some 18 years ago.

In order for these ingredients to remain in use, supplement manufacturers will need to conduct extremely expensive studies that will threaten the economic viability of many of these products. So, if implemented, some very effective supplements you may currently be taking could vanish from store shelves and supplement catalogues. (Be sure to contact your U.S. representatives and let them know you are against these new regulatory barriers on the vitamin and supplement industry.)

Our mission at Peak Health Advocate isn’t to pick fights with the FDA, but to bring you well-researched information based on substantial scientific evidence that can have a positive impact on your health and well-being.

And we are firm believers that this evidence clearly demonstrates the benefits of regularly taking vitamins and other dietary supplements – especially if you are not getting a sufficient supply of these vital nutrients on a daily basis from the food you eat.

And let’s face facts: It is nearly impossible to consume the level of vitamins and minerals needed for peak health from even a reasonably healthy diet.

So here in this report, we’ll summarize why dietary supplements are so important and give you the top seven supplements necessary for lifetime vitality.

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