What are food supplements really?

The food supplement market is much less regulated than most people realise. Many people believe that products undergo checks and tests – similar to medicines – before they are sold to the end consumer.

Unfortunately, this is often not the case.

According to EU General Food Law, food supplements are foods intended to supplement the general diet. [They are a concentrate of nutrients or other substances with a nutritional or physiological effect […] and are marketed in a dosed form […].

By nutrients we mean vitamins and minerals, while other substances include, for example, amino acids, fatty acids and dietary fibre.

By law, they are foodstuffs and therefore have to comply with the same rules as other foodstuffs. Therefore, they do not have to undergo the same approvals as medicines, nor do they have to prove that they are safe and effective.

After all, food supplements have to be officially notified before they can be marketed. This is done for product control purposes. However, the responsibility for product safety lies with the manufacturers.

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It can take from a few hours (energy booster) to several months (anti-aging). So how long do I have to take a mushroom extract to notice a noticeable effect? Here is a good overview of what happens in the body when Reishi, Cordyceps and Lion’s Mane are taken over a long period of time in PDF format.