Health Doctors Say ‘Brain Health’ Supplements Are ‘Pseudoscience’

In an opinion piece in a recent edition of the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA), three neurologists at the University of California San Francisco’s (UCSF) Memory and Aging Center wrote that older Americans are being ripped off and served false hope by the multi-billion-dollar “brain health” supplements industry. “This $3.2-billion industry benefits from high-penetration consumer advertising through print media, radio, television and the internet,” the neurologists wrote. “No known dietary supplement prevents cognitive decline or dementia, yet supplements advertised as such are widely available and appear to gain legitimacy when sold by major U.S. retailers.” The neurologists also warned about a “similarly concerning category of pseudomedicine” involving interventions promoted by licensed medical professionals that are said to counteract unsubstantiated causes of dementia, such as metal toxicity, mold exposure and infectious diseases. “Some of these practitioners may stand to gain financially by promoting interventions that are not covered by insurance, such as intravenous nutrition, personalized detoxification, chelation therapy, antibiotics or stem cell therapy. These interventions lack a known mechanism for treating dementia and are costly, unregulated and potentially harmful,” the article states. Earlier this month, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a statement saying it posted 17 warning and advisory letters to domestic and foreign companies that illegally sell 58 products — many of them dietary supplements — that claim to prevent, treat or cure Alzheimer’s disease and other serious health conditions. Read more here >>>

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