Dr Oz: What Is Really In Your Vitamins?
Dr. Oz has been recommending various vitamins and supplements to his viewers for several years, so when he found out some of the biggest companies are duping consumers he got very upset. He enlisted the help of Consumer Lab to take a closer look and find out what is really in your supplements. What he learned might surprise you as much as it surprised him!
Dr Oz: Centrum Flavor Burst Vitamin Review
Dr. Tod Cooperman, President of ConsumerLab.com, researched several vitamins and supplements and found that 40% failed their testing! He used the following criteria as he looked at each of the products and one product, Centrum Chewable Flavor Burst For Adults, actually had two and half times the recommended amount of vitamin A in retinol form, which is dangerous if you get too much. Dr. Cooperman says this amount of vitamin A could lead to a serious problem like weakening of your bones, so it is important to know what is in your vitamins and how much you really need of each one.
- May have too little of an ingredient listed on the label
- May have too much of an ingredient listed on the label
- May be contaminated with heavy metals, like lead
- Pills may not break apart properly
Dr Oz: Risk Of Lead In Supplements
The test results from Consumer Lab that concerned Dr. Oz the most were those that showed calcium supplements to contain high levels of lead. Dr. Tod Cooperman specifically mentioned Pure Essence Labs Super D-K Calcium Plus powder as containing one microgram of lead per scoop. To put that in perspective he explained the state of California requires a carcinogen warning on products that contain half that amount. He says there is really no need for lead to be in supplements because too much lead in your body builds up in your bones and replaces calcium. As you get older the lead leaches out of the bone, but it can also cause problems at any age with memory problems and brain damage in children.
Dr Oz: What Does Proprietary Blend Mean?
Dr. Tod Cooperman and Consumer Lab offered three tips to keep people from getting ripped off when they purchase vitamins and other supplements:
Make sure a pill breaks down in your body – Place one of your pills in a glass of warm water and stir for about 30 minutes. It should dissolve in that time or you should consider a different product because if it does not dissolve in the water then it is not dissolving in your body either.
Check the label – Dr. Cooperman says to check your supplement labels to be sure they have been tested by a third party. Look for seals of either the USP or Consumer Lab to be sure you are getting a high quality product.
Buzz words to avoid on a vitamin label – Dr. Tod Cooperman says to avoid products that contain the words “proprietary blend” or “proprietary formula” on the label because this usually means they are hiding something and not fully disclosing the ingredients.