We have all heard or seen those Balance of Nature commercials!  You know,  the ones that claim they have 31 servings of fruits and veggies in a serving?  Well, they have been ordered to be taken off the shelves, and stop selling them.

Many of our patients ask…

what to make of these supplements and many are taking them as they want “to make sure they get enough fruits and vegetables due to not eating enough of them”.  That never made sense to me and I would share that with our patients; I mean how in the world can that many fruits and veggies fit into those tiny little capsules?  Finally, we know they do not!

Apparently, you could eat one apple and…

get the same amount of fruit that is in Balance of Nature supplements!  Not only do they not contain what they say,  but they do not list all ingredients and  that has caused some allergic reactions that they did not  respond to, The FDA has ordered they be taken off the shelf.  In July 2023, Balance of Nature agreed to a $1.1 million settlement, part of which will go to refund California residents who purchased a Balance of Nature supplement. Balance of Nature’s claims that its products “could prevent, treat, or cure serious diseases including diabetes, fibromyalgia, arthritis, heart disease, and cancer.” This dubious claims placed the public’s health in danger as stated by the Napa County DA. In addition to misleading people, they illegally billed customers that did not have full disclosure of its terms and conditions, and customers could not cancel their subscription online.

Dietary supplements are regulated by the FDA…

as food, not drugs and many times after they enter the marketplace.   Some companies also do not even notify the FDA when they produce and sell them.  Recently it was found that Amazon was selling supplements that were fraudulent, therefore that is why we always tell our patients to purchase their supplements from a trusted company that follow strict quality standards.   Here at Real You Nutrition we use Fullscript which is a company that follow the Current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) which means their brand partners are third-party cGMP audited or have proof of standard operating procedures for clean, safe facilities.  Their brand partners commit to label claims that are accurate and compliant with regulatory requirements and they test for ingredient validations and contaminants such as pesticides, heavy metals, and solvents.

There have been many issues with counterfeit supplements as well being sold on Amazon, learn about how to protect yourself from these supplements here.

As we always tell our patients, eat a variety of foods, fruits and vegetables as well,  as they all provide different nutrients that support our bodies and our health!