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Tue Jul 31, 2018, 07:17 AM

what's the point?

I just tossed a jar of Rexall-brand potassium supplements that I purchased a couple of years ago, before any of my current ailments were detected. I still need potassium, but now I'm getting it in capsules large enough to be suppositories for bison.

Anyway.

Before tossing the bottle of the older pills, I glanced at its ingredients.

It recommended one pill per day, and alleged it would provide 4% of the daily recommended dosage of potassium.

Four percent? Four percent? WTF?

What, pray tell, is the point of taking something that's in trace amounts when one needs much more than that?

If I recall correctly, these weren't cheap either.

Four fucking percent???????

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imwithfred Jul 2018 OP
rampartb Jul 2018 #1
imwithfred Jul 2018 #2
rampartb Jul 2018 #3
Gunslinger201 Jul 2018 #4
Meowmenow Aug 2018 #6
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Response to imwithfred (Original post)

Tue Jul 31, 2018, 07:34 AM

1. That's about 3% more than Bobby Jindal got in iowa

So it is a good question, what is the point?

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Response to rampartb (Reply #1)

Tue Jul 31, 2018, 07:39 AM

2. Well, the label clearly said

"Potassium Supplement."

I'm sure I'm not the only person who sometimes buys things without reading the small print--although I'm not going to beat myself over the head for being human--and so I'm left wondering why spend money for such a minuscule amount that probably does nearly no good, if any at all?

I thought we had the FDA (for good or for bad) to shield us against worthless remedies.

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Response to imwithfred (Reply #2)

Tue Jul 31, 2018, 07:51 AM

3. The invisible hand has slapped rexall silly

Used to be in every neighborhood, with a soda jerk on the pay roll.

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Response to rampartb (Reply #3)

Tue Jul 31, 2018, 08:31 AM

4. God, I remember that

“Fizz” 25 cents

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Response to imwithfred (Reply #2)

Wed Aug 1, 2018, 12:34 PM

6. Nope.

 

Supplement industry is huge and has a lot of influence. All they have to do is label a product as a supplement

"How Are Supplements Regulated?

You should know the following if you are considering using a dietary supplement.

Federal law requires that every dietary supplement be labeled as such, either with the term "dietary supplement" or with a term that substitutes a description of the product's dietary ingredient(s) for the word "dietary" (e.g., "herbal supplement" or "calcium supplement").
Federal law does not require dietary supplements to be proven safe to FDA's satisfaction before they are marketed.
For most claims made in the labeling of dietary supplements, the law does not require the manufacturer or seller to prove to FDA's satisfaction that the claim is accurate or truthful before it appears on the product.
In general, FDA's role with a dietary supplement product begins after the product enters the marketplace. That is usually the agency's first opportunity to take action against a product that presents a significant or unreasonable risk of illness or injury, or that is otherwise adulterated or misbranded."

more here https://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm050803.htm

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Response to imwithfred (Original post)

Tue Jul 31, 2018, 04:37 PM

5. You should have read the label before you bought them patriot.

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Response to imwithfred (Original post)

Wed Aug 22, 2018, 12:37 AM

7. I hear Fred

But potassium is one of those elements that can kill you for consuming too little and too much.

I tend to run low potassium levels, and non prescription pills seem like a waste of time.

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