Warning: Hidden ingredients in supplements for weight loss and male enhancement

Think twice before buying dietary supplements that claim to help you lose weight or rev up your sex life. The FDA is seeing an increase in sales of over-the-counter supplements that contain hidden and dangerous prescription drugs, controlled substances, or untested and unstudied components. Such ingredients may cause serious side effects and interact with medications you’re taking.

The tainted supplements are widely available and sold online from sellers on eBay or Amazon or through large retail stores such as Walmart. In December 2021, for example, the FDA identified nine sexual enhancement products with dangerous ingredients sold on Walmart’s website. Remember: unlike pharmaceuticals, over-the-counter supplements are not tested by the FDA, and companies can sell anything they like until the FDA proves they’re unsafe.

Also, know that many types of supplements contain dangerous ingredients — including some products claiming to promote better sleep or relieve pain. Talk to your doctor before taking any supplement, and do your homework: check out the FDA’s tainted products database (/tainted) to see if supplements in your medicine cabinet (or some you’re eyeing) are listed.

Bible verses for today’s meditation and inspiration: Matthew E. McLaren

2 Corinthians 13:9 For we rejoice when we ourselves are weak but you are strong; this we also pray for, that you be made complete.

Colossians 1:28 We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ.

Colossians 4:12 Epaphras, who is one of your number, a bondslave of Jesus Christ, sends you his greetings, always laboring earnestly for you in his prayers, that you may stand perfect and fully assured in all the will of God.

2 Corinthians 10:15-16 not boasting beyond our measure, that is, in other men’s labors, but with the hope that as your faith grows, we will be, within our sphere, enlarged even more by you, so as to preach the gospel even to the regions beyond you, and not to boast in what has been accomplished in the sphere of another.

2 Thessalonians 1:3 We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brethren, as is only fitting, because your faith is greatly enlarged, and the love of each one of you toward one another grows ever greater;

2 Peter 3:18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

Ephesians 1:17-18 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,

Ephesians 3:16-19 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, read more

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