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There is an abundance of functional foods, dietary supplements, herbal remedies, and ingredients with medicinal properties on the market. With the surplus of option, it can become confusing to know which products are authentic and will work, compared to those products that are making false claims.
So, lets break down the difference between products you can trust, and those you might not.
Food products contain a nutrition panel on the label. This will detail the energy, protein, fat, and carbohydrate content of the food product. Foods (including those that make health claims) are regulated at state and territory level by Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ).
Just because a product has health claims, comes in a capsule, powder, or is labelled as a dietary supplement, does not make it a therapeutic good. Health claims on food products are related to nutrients and are not specific to conditions.
Listed products have an Australian Listed product number (AUST L) and are regulated by the Therapeutic Goods Association (TGA).
Listed products provide health indications for conditions and have evidence of therapeutic use at specific dosages behind them.
Therapeutic goods are defined as products for use in humans in connection with:
An example of a listed product is Nature’s Sunshine Cinnamon 1500+ which contains:
Herbal extract equivalent to dry:
Cinnamomum cassia (Cinnamon) extract equiv. to dry stem bark 1.5g (1500mg)
Chromium Picolinate 140mcg equivalent to 15mcg Chromium
Tips for telling the difference:
Benefits of a Listed product: