Dementia Researchers Commend FDA Crackdown on Supplement Hype

Purported miracle medicines have always been with us. In the 1800s, traveling salesmen hawked cure-all elixirs. Nowadays, companies peddle myriad supplements on the internet, often with spurious claims that they are “scientifically” proven to treat this or that chronic ailment. Some promise to boost cognition, lower the risk of dementia, and even treat Alzheimer’s disease. However, these substances are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration for these indications, and data to support their claims are lacking.

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