Are joint supplements safe if they are not regulated by the FDA?

Dietary supplements today can contain not only vitamins and minerals, but also herbals, botanicals, amino acids, enzymes and more, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The FDA recommends that you only use supplements if they are recommended by your doctor. It also recommends following these guidelines before buying and using supplements:

  • Avoid “quick fix” supplements that are part of a current trend
  • Don’t take too much because some supplements can be dangerous if taken in high amounts
  • Learn to spot false claims made on some supplement labels

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) states that patients should discuss the use of each supplement with a physician before using it.

For more information about the safety of joint supplements, talk with your physician.

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