Look inside my medicine cabinet and you'll see a lot of half-empty supplement containers. There's Emergen-C (for when I feel a cold coming on), probiotics (for gut health), capsules of conjugated linoleic acid (supposed to burn fat)... and on and on. You probably have a similar collection. It's testament to the fact that the supplement industry is huge, with around $27 billion in sales in 2015 alone. Clearly, I'm not the only sucker for a good before-and-after ad and all-caps, pie-in-the-sky promises.
So how many of these claims should you believe, and what kind of regulations or verifications, if any, do vitamins and supplements undergo? Here are some of the most common myths you shouldn't believe about vitamins and supplements.
Supplements can rev your metabolism
"Since no product can do this, and it can't even be measured, it's an outright lie," says personal trainer Pat Barone. "Products claiming to boost metabolism simply dehydrate the body, making it look like weight loss is occurring."