UNC-CH nutrition expert says nation should regulate some diet supplements

CHAPEL HILL - In 1996, U.S. consumers spent more than $6.5 billion on dietary supplements - ingredients extracted from foods, herbs and plants that are ingested for their possible health benefits.

By last year, the market had almost doubled to $12 billion and is projected to increase to more than $14 billion in the year 2000. Unlike drugs, the compounds are mostly unregulated.

With so much interest in supplements and so many Americans consuming them, the federal government needs to protect the public by creating a special supplement category known as "nutraceuticals" and requiring that they be proven safe before they're sold.

That's the view of Dr. Steven H. Zeisel, professor and chairman of nutrition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill schools of public health and medicine. Zeisel, who says the idea that dietary supplements are natural and therefore must be safe is false, made his remarks in the Sept. 17 issue of the journal Science.

"Increased review and regulation of dietary supplements will decrease (public access) to some beneficial products," the scientist said. "For supplements administered at doses that can be found in foods, adoption of Good Manufacturing Practices (rules proposed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for manufacturers) should not significantly alter availability."

For nutraceuticals that expose humans to ingredients at doses they would normally not be exposed to, demonstration of safety could mean it would take years rather than weeks to introduce new products, and some products might never be introduced, Zeisel said.

"This seems a reasonable cost to protect the public health," he said.

Hazards of not testing supplements for safety are real, Zeisel said. The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA), passed by Congress in 1994, ensures people can buy the products quickly, but also makes it likely that some of those

Contact: David Williamson
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. UNC-CH School of Social Work receives grant to prevent violence
2. CDC funds will enable UNC-CH to help minimize domestic violence in flood areas
3. UNC-CH to lead $34 million effort to see if girls can become more fit
4. UNC-CH public health specialists confirm Norwalk-like virus caused Seawell illnesses
5. UNC-CH study finds N.C. outpatient heart rehabilitation programs mostly under-used
6. UNC-CH, Duke AIDS experts, patients to update epidemic, describe new support
7. 90 high schools will participate in UNC-CH head injury study
8. UNC-CH wins $42.1 million federal contract to study drugs for schizophrenia and Alzheimers
9. National Cancer Institute awards UNC-CH $5 million for unique prostate cancer studies
10. Annual UNC-CH study shows state gaining health providers, but big imbalances remain
11. National Cancer Institute to support statewide UNC-CH colon cancer study

Post Your Comments:

(Date:12/5/2018)... (PRWEB) , ... December 05, 2018 , ... ... Vitae Wellness and Recovery , has been reappointed to serve on Philadelphia Mayor ... policies that support inclusion of those who identify with a cognitive or physical ...
(Date:12/5/2018)... ... December 05, 2018 , ... Marking its seventh year, ... global celebration “A Toast Heard ‘Round the World” on New Year’s Eve. Each ... school’s global community (alumni, students, faculty members, staff, families, and friends of the institution) ...
(Date:12/5/2018)... , ... December 05, 2018 , ... Northcentral University (NCU) ... of nursing. Available starting today and on a weekly rolling basis to registered nurses, ... Nursing Practice in Executive Leadership (DNP) will prepare degree candidates to become leaders ...
(Date:12/5/2018)... ... December 05, 2018 , ... To ... of Unitek’s transformative conference at the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel in Newark, California. Led ... Professor and Founder/Director of Watson Caring Science Institute, participants and esteemed guests discussed ...
(Date:11/29/2018)... (PRWEB) , ... November 29, 2018 , ... “The total ... Mike Tice, Senior Vice President of Business Intelligence at SDi. “We project the market ... driven by increasing demand for novel drugs as the global population ages.” , This ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/28/2018)... N.Y. (PRWEB) , ... November 28, 2018 , ... Satin ... presented a donation of $2,400 to Hudson Valley Honor Flight on Sept 28th, 2018 ... recent sales incentive campaign and presented to HVHF by Kevin O’Reilly, Founder and CEO ...
(Date:11/28/2018)... ... November 28, 2018 , ... nJoy Vision is now able to provide a ... one easy procedure following FDA approval of STAAR Surgical’s Visian Toric ICL. The first ... Vision OKC on November 29th by Edward Jones, MD and at nJoy Vision Tulsa ...
(Date:11/28/2018)... ... November 28, 2018 , ... Every year the Tennessee ... the citizens of middle Tennessee. Nephrology Associates is proud and honored to announce ... Born in Ireland, Dr. Stanley M. Lee attended Trinity College in Dublin, where he ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: