In its special issue published Thursday, October 10, the magazine 60 million consumers warn against the use of food supplements. Which ones are useful and effective? Marie-Christine Boutron-Ruault, research director at Inserm, takes stock.
As winter approaches, some are already pushing the door of the pharmacy to refill their stock of vitamin capsules or magnesium ampoules, to hold until the Christmas holidays. In total, 46% of French people have already consumed dietary supplements, according to an OpinionWay survey for Synadiet published in January 2019, and almost a quarter (24%) use it several times a year. According to this survey, in 2018 the market had a turnover of 1.9 billion euros.
Only, unlike medicinal products, the marketing of these condensates of vitamins, minerals, and plants is not subject to any marketing authorization, only to the control of the Directorate-General for Competition, Consumer Affairs and Consumer Affairs. Fraud prevention (DGCCRF). And the latter does not require any study or clinical trial. How to be certain that dietary supplements pose no risk to our health? This is one of the issues highlighted by the magazine 60 million consumers, in their special issue published Thursday, October 10, which analyzed the composition of 120 products sold over the counter in a pharmacy, drugstore, and other organic stores. On this occasion, Marie-Christine Boutron-Ruault, research director at Inserm and doctor in nutrition, reviews the products approved by the scientific community.