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FDA's Role in Regulating Dietary Supplements

From the Show: Mindful Medicine
Summary: You may be familiar with what the FDA stands for, but do you know what they are in charge of when it comes to labeling products?
Air Date: 9/17/14
Duration: 10
Host: Holly Lucille, ND, RN
Guest Bio: Ray Doustdar, CEO Buiced INC
Ray Ray Doustdar is the CEO of BUICED Inc., and the creator of the all new BUICED Liquid Multivitamin, as well as the curator of Everyday Juicer, a website dedicated to helping people add fresh vegetable juicing to their daily lifestyle.

Through fresh vegetable juicing, Ray was able to bring down his cholesterol from 234 to 168 (down 28%) by incorporating juicing into his daily lifestyle.

During this time, he discovered that although the leafy greens are packed with phyto-nutrients, they lack many essential vitamins and minerals.

He tried taking vitamins in pill form after each juice, but they upset his stomach. Then Ray learned liquid vitamins are more readily available for easy absorption, so he decided to solve his own problem and created BUICED to "boost his juice."
FDA's Role in Regulating Dietary Supplements
You might have heard about the FDA, especially when new food or drug products are introduced to stores, or if a product has been recalled.

However, do you really know what the FDA does when regulating specific products?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is an agency within the United States Department of Health and Human Services and is in charge of protecting your heath by properly labeling and ensuring safety of human and animal drugs, cosmetics, and the U.S. food supply.

However, even though items can be labeled as "FDA Approved," that doesn't mean it benefits your overall health. It's always important to be your own primary caregiver first and ask yourself important questions before consuming anything. What will you gain from buying and consuming this product? Are there any risks associated with the product? Will it mix with other medications or raise other health concerns for your body?

What involvement does the FDA have with regulating dietary supplements?

Unfortunately, there are SO many dietary supplements on the market today, which has left the FDA completely overwhelmed. The FDA regulates dietary supplements in a completely different way than other medications and food products.

According to the FDA's website, under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994, manufacturers and distributors of dietary supplements and dietary ingredients are prohibited from marketing products that are adulterated or misbranded. This means that the manufacturing firms are the ones responsible for evaluating the safety and properly labeling their product

What else do you need to know about the FDA and the manufacturing process of dietary supplements?

Everyday Juicer Ray Doustdar explains what the FDA does, why the FDA is needed for ensuring food and drug safety and how Ray works with the FDA in his manufacturing process.