Do Vitamin Patches Actually Work?

In an era obsessed with quick fixes, many people are looking for an easy way to boost their wellness. One of the hottest trends out there right now is vitamin patches. They’re right up there with charcoal and acai. Slap on one of these puppies and you don’t have to worry about eating your greens, or so the marketing implies.

As the Washington Post reports, transdermal vitamin patches have flooded the market, with companies selling high-end cocktails of “supplements” that promise to help with acne, insomnia, poor focus, premenstrual syndrome, hangovers, weight gain, and stress. “Just apply a single patch and get instant and lasting results all night long,” says the marketing language that accompanies PatchMD’s “Menopause Night Relief” patch. PatchMD also sells an autism “focus bundle,” for example.

FDA is aware that some transdermal vitamin patches are being falsely marketed as dietary supplements; the agency considers this action to be health fraud,” Jeremy Kahn, an FDA spokesman told the Post. “Generally, FDA considers any patch product that is promoted as a dietary supplement to be an unapproved new drug and a misbranded drug.”

Nutrition experts caution that the body is built to get its nutrients from whole, natural foods and whenever you mess with that system, you run the risk of botching the process. Sometimes vitamins consumed outside of foods are not absorbed by the body in the right way. In fact, there is much evidence to suggest that all vitamin supplements should be looked at with skepticism. Not just vitamin patches.

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