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FDA and FTC slap the hands of fraudulent COVID supplement manufacturers

Recently, the FDA and the FTC issued warning letters to seven companies for selling fraudulent COVID-19 products - primarily dietary supplement formulations. It is no surprise that consumers are seeking ways and products in hopes of bolstering their health and immunity amid the very real perils of COVID-19.  I’ve also gotten questions about dietary supplements and what might help support immunity.  Truly, eating a varied, balanced, and adequate primarily plant-based diet is your best strategy to promote health and maintain immunity.  But if your diet is lacking variety or you are undereating you might benefit from a multivitamin mineral supplement.   And while supplementation is an individual consideration, making sure intake is adequate for nutrients like vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin D and zinc is important.   Most all essential nutrients play some role in supporting your immune system as well as your overall health – so again, variety and adequate intake of all groups of foods to meet your nutrient and energy needs are your best overall strategy.  I found this media article helpful and of interest: 

https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/sns-nyt-supplements-coronavirus-may-harm-20200326-re2uuag...

Link to USDA FDA site:
https://www.fda.gov/consumers/health-fraud-scams/fraudulent-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-produc...

 

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