Americans as well as other people across the globe have turned towards including dietary supplements to preserve or maintain brain health.
A recent study has found that many adults over the age of 50 years take supplement for their brain health. However, when this same study was conducted by the AARP-convened experts, it was found that senior adults should instead spend their wealth elsewhere as these supplements do not work.
This isn’t a minor issue. Expenditures done on non-vitamin brain-related supplements like herbal mixtures, minerals, amino acids or nurtraceuticals have gone up to millions of dollars. If analysed, this could amount to between $20-60 per month for the senior adults, a sizable amount which could otherwise be spent towards other expenses such as fresh fruits and vegetables that really make a positive difference on health.
If you are thinking that these supplements are FDA-approved then you will be disappointed to know that they are not. Supplements aren’t treated like prescription drugs by the FDA. Supplements aren’t tested by established labs to check their accuracy which is why they don’t hold a legitimate scientific proof which demonstrates that they’re effective. The FDA depends on the supplement manufacturers to conduct tests for its safety and not for efficacy. Supplements aren’t subject to vigorous clinical trials which otherwise apply to prescription medications.
In fact, the FDA prohibits the supplement manufacturers from claiming particular health benefits. However; a few companies have still discovered a way to tout benefits.
To sum it all up, even the small-sized label on such supplements show that they aren’t FDA-approved, although the manufacturer claims seem wonderful. Hence, the researchers suggest that the findings of the recent research are sound and that one should concentrate on following a healthy diet instead of spending on such supplements.