Dietary Pills and Dietary Supplements Term Paper by Nicky

Dietary Pills and Dietary Supplements
An examination of the effects of over-the-counter diet pills, prescription diet pills and dietary supplements.
# 149693 | 2,046 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Dec 28, 2011 in Medical and Health (Nutrition and Exercise) , Nutrition (Food)

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The paper begins by addressing the risks and effectiveness of over-the-counter diet pills, including All (Xenical), Ephedra, Chromium, Ginseng, Chitosan and guar gum. The paper also looks at several FDA approved prescription diet supplements and asserts that the only benefit of both prescription and over-the-counter diet pills are that they encourage people to lose weight. The paper then discusses the benefits in taking dietary supplements, such as multiple vitamins, as per directions. The paper reaches the conclusion that diet pills, whether prescription or non-prescription, do not fulfill manufacturers' claims; simple diet and exercise can be just as effective without the risk, however, dietary supplements can assist in maintaining balanced nutrition.

Effects of Over-the-Counter Diet Pills
Effects of Prescription Diet Pills
Effects of Dietary Supplements
Who Takes Them?

From the Paper:

"Diet Pills are any medication that help a person either lose weight or control their appetite so they don't consume as many calories. There are both prescription and over-the-counter weight loss products that may be used. Most over-the-counter medications do not work very well, unless accompanied by a healthy diet and exercise, both of which are usually the cause of the weight loss. Some prescription medications do assist in weight loss by preventing fat absorption (Tank).
"Dietary Supplement Pills or Nutritional Supplements are generally defined as supplemental vitamins and minerals taken due to the lack of proper nutrition through consumption of a balanced diet. These vitamins and minerals can come in the form of pill, liquid or powder and can also be herbal in nature. They can be taken to cure a known deficiency of a certain vitamin or mineral within the body, or generally taken on a daily basis to maintain and improve health.
"It would seem that the timing of the rise in popularity of dietary supplements accompanied the growth of the fast-food industry in the United States. As the nutrition of the Big Mac was questioned, so the population turned to supplements in an attempt to maintain some semblance of a healthy, balanced diet."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • "Dietary Supplements." 2008. Internet FAQ Archives. 19 July 2009 <>.
  • "pills." n/d. 19 July 2009 <>.
  • Saper, R.B., D.M. Eisenberg and R.S. Phillips. "Common Dietary Supplements for Weight Loss." 1 November 2004. American Academy of Family Physicians. 19 July 2009 <>.
  • Tank, C. "Should I use over-the-counter diet aids?" 14 May 2008. 19 July 2009 <>.
  • Zeratsky, K. "Nutrition and Healthy Eating." 14 February 2008. Mayo Clinic. 19 July 2009 <>.

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