When you buy dietary supplements, you usually believe you have a reasonable expectation that they are safe. Unfortunately that just isn’t the case. In the United States the FDA doesn’t regulate supplements, which means that certain additives like dyes are regulated but the overall makeup of the supplement is not. This means that many supplements in the U.S. are mislabeled and can contain anywhere from none of the active ingredients listed to many times the amount listed. How can consumers protect themselves from unsafe supplements, especially when they are buying online?
One of the biggest problems with supplement sales online is that 77% of them are sold through Amazon, and since Amazon doesn’t generally own stock this means those supplements are coming from third-party sellers with little oversight. Amazon requires these sellers affirm they aren’t selling anything dangerous or illegal, but once the box is checked there’s little recourse.
Learn more about protecting yourself from dangerous supplements on Amazon from the infographic below.