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Brain Supplements Don’t Work, Neurologist Says

In order to both maintain and preserve the brain and mental health, people from all over the world have turned to taking dietary supplements such as brain pills. However, according to a neurologist who studies brain health and the prevention of dementia, these supplements don’t work at all.

Are Brain Supplements a Scam?

This claim is supported by a recent study done by the AARP, which showed that while a quarter of adults over 50 take a brain health supplement, the pills they are taking do not work at all and that they’re better off spending their money on something else.

And this is no small issue either, since these dietary supplements can be a bit expensive. In fact, senior citizens can easily spend between $20 to $60 a month on average just for these supplements — money that can be used to buy actual brain food like fruits and vegetables.

But Aren’t They FDA-Approved?

Well, that’s the problem. They’re not. The FDA does not treat supplements as prescription medication, which is quite the difference. This means that the FDA will not test these supplements for the accuracy of their ingredients. Instead, the agency will put that work on the manufacturers, with a focus on safety rather than efficacy. In short, these supplements are not rigorously tested to guarantee their efficacy.

Of course, manufacturers are prohibited by the FDA to make specific health claims. Although, a quick look at the many dietary supplements that contain the buzzwords like “laboratory tested” and “research proven” is proof that manufactures have found a way around this.

Mainly driven by baby boomers who have decided to take their health into their own hands, the market for dietary supplements is very profitable, especially for the biggest companies out there.

Some do work, such as vitamins. However, evidence shows that if you follow a normal and healthy diet, there is no need for vitamin supplements anymore. In fact, the study showed overwhelming evidence that these people are better off spending their money to follow healthier eating habits than spending on brain supplements.

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