82% of bodybuilding supplements are mislabeled, as well as 69% of CBD products sold online. However, these aren’t the only supplements commonly mislabeled. Research has found 52% of dietary and herbal supplements to be mislabeled, as well as 49% of single and multivitamins, and 44% of botanical supplements.
The problem with mislabeled supplements is their potential to be dangerous. According to data, mislabeled supplements may contain far higher doses of their active ingredients, include unlisted ingredients such as pharmaceuticals, and even lack at least one active or inactive ingredient. Of course, this can be dangerous to one’s health.
One study found that nearly 1 in 3 people who take both herbal or dietary supplements in addition to their prescription medication(s) are at risk for an adverse drug interaction. Similarly, Poison Control counted 5,486 incidents in 2018 that involved herbal or dietary supplements, homeopathic medications, and/or vitamins.
Vitamins are supposed to make us healthier, not make us sick. Saying that, here are a few hacks you can use to find a trustworthy supplement online.
- Understand Supplement Regulations
- Look For Signs Of (Poor) Quality
- Watch For Red Flags
77% of online supplement transactions take place on Amazon, yet up to 64% of Amazon’s supplement reviews are fake. Of course, this makes it difficult for consumers to find quality products to improve our health.
It’s always wise to consult with your doctor before starting any new supplement, medication, or treatment; but in the meantime, check out these tips for finding safe supplements.