All the over the counter products (segals , foltene , viviscal , revivogen) keep on saying that FDA wont approve any vitamin and mineral supplements and thay also say they dont have enough money to do that is it true? Is getting FDA approval that much an expensive process.(One distributer of segals solutions told me that shortage of funds prevents them from proving the effectiveness of Saw Palmetto as DHT blocker)
That is not entirely true. There are of course costs involved, but most dietary supplements don’t require FDA approval before they come to market. The key issue is that there is no patent on saw palmetto, so these supplement companies don’t have an exclusive right to sell it. They’d just be spending money to try to prove a supplement worked as claimed, only to possibly allow any company to reap the benefits of their costs. Plus, if that money was spent and it turned out that saw palmetto didn’t work as they claimed, sales of the supplement as a hair loss treatment would plummet.
I’ve written about a lot of this before, but the FDA oversees claims by any company or person who sells nearly any type of health-related product. The key to the FDA is that the products comply with good manufacturing practices (a term of art as used here) and that any claims can be substantiated with good science. Effectiveness and safety must be proved by the supplier when making any claims about benefits.