While vitamin supplements are often recommended in order to improve our health, a new research has revealed that they could in fact prove to be detrimental for the users.
Consumer watchdog Which? analyzed more than 1,200 popular vitamin supplements available in supermarkets, chemists and small medical stores and found that a large number of the supplements advertise their products through unsubstantiated claims including the promise of healthy bones and joints.
However not many of them had labels warning users that excess consumption of the supplements could prove to be harmful. The chief executive of Which? Peter Vicary-Smith said that more than 33 percent of the supplements had no warning labels and called on to the European Commission to act on the issue.
"We want to see the European Commission release a list of accepted and rejected claims as soon as possible, so consumers won't continue to be bamboozled by health claims they can't trust. We're concerned that people are being taken for a ride, needlessly paying a premium for many products on the basis of health claims that haven't been backed up by scientific evidence", he said.