In an editorial entitled “The Supplement Paradox: Negligible Benefits, Robust Consumption” accompanying the new report, Dr. Pieter A. Cohen, of Cambridge Health Alliance and Somerville Hospital Primary Care in Massachusetts, pointed out that “supplements are essential to treat vitamin and mineral deficiencies” and that certain combinations of nutrients can help some medical conditions, like age-related macular degeneration. He added, however, “for the majority of adults, supplements likely provide little, if any, benefit.”
If you’re taking vitamin D and calcium supplements to maintain strong bones and prevent fractures, it might be for naught.
In the largely unregulated supplement industry, products may be ineffective or even dangerous.
Not the FDA. Apart from that list, you’re in the wild west. Melatonin pills might as well be sugar tablets and echinacea drops could easily be herb-flavored water. Drink me.
With the government abdicating its responsibility to ensure that dietary supplements are all they're cracked up to be, the door is wide open for LabDoor, a service that promises to bring the facts.
Nutrition experts contend that all we need is what's typically found in a routine diet. Industry representatives, backed by a fascinating history, argue that foods don't contain enough, and we need supplements. Fortunately, many excellent studies have now resolved the issue.
In two recently published studies, researchers suggest that supplements can do more harm than good if taken in addition to a healthy diet.
The multibillion-dollar supplement industry spews many dubious claims, but a new study suggests that some nutritional supplements, including omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D, may boost the effectiveness of antidepressants. If so, the supplements might help relieve symptoms for the millions of people who don’t immediately respond to these drugs.
Just about everyone you know who exercises or has joint pain has taken glucosamine at one time or another, and most people swear by it. Yet recently several studies have demonstrated that the benefits of glucosamine are overrated. So, are you wasting your money?
St. John’s Wort, lavender, garlic and others can alter drug potency, cause side effects.
We’ve all been schooled about the unhealthy things we should limit, like sugar and sodium. But there are also some healthy things that, in excess, can do more harm than good. In other words, even when a nutrient is vital, more isn’t necessarily better. Here are the risks associated with going overboard on five key nutrients — some of them may take you by surprise.
Times are good for probiotics. Fatty acid supplements — those derived from fish and krill oils — are struggling. Sports nutrition is on an upward trend (and has been for several years). Weight loss supplements — Garcinia cambogia and green coffee beans in particular — well, perhaps this category is best not mentioned right now. There is no escaping the fact that the dietary supplement industry has received a great deal of media attention over the past year.
No longer the exclusive province of carnival barkers and traveling salesmen, the snake oil of today is made by countless companies and sold at GNC, Target, Walgreens, Walmart, and thousands of other retailers on and off the Web. I’m referring to dietary supplements, products such as echinacea, ginseng, ginkgo biloba, and other “herbs,” variously marketed to provide relief from colds, enhance stamina, improve memory, relieve aching joints, or deliver other benefits.
Elysium Health hasn't discovered the fountain of youth, but their new supplement—with the backing of some of the world's foremost authorities on aging—could change how you get older.
Have you taken your vitamins today? But are they really necessary or a waste of your hard earned money. A healthy, balanced diet may be all you really need!
The right supplements can provide a benefit, when properly matched to your unique needs.
Vitamin supplementation, except for vitamin D, does not reproduce the protective effect of natural food stuffs. So, why do we persist on taking them?
The booming dietary-supplement industry is plagued by outlandish claims, undermining credible science, and seeding confusion.
When you take a supplement, you’re basically taking a purified form of an element, such as iron, vitamin D, or calcium. When you eat an apple or an onion, however, you’re also ingesting thousands of phytochemicals (antioxidants are a form of phytochemical).
Remember when Cheerios and Grape-Nuts went GMO-free? That was about a year ago, when their corporate creators announced that these products would no longer contain ingredients made from genetically modified organisms like common types of corn, soybeans or sugar beets.
When they actually arrived on supermarket shelves, though, there was a mysterious change in their list of ingredients. Four vitamins that previously had been added to Grape-Nuts — vitamins A, D, B-12 and B-2 (also known as riboflavin) — were gone. Riboflavin vanished from Cheerios.
What’s on the label doesn’t necessarily match what’s in the bottle.
One thing that nutritional supplements do offer—apart from a sense of awe at their enormous commercial success—is a placebo effect. That can be very real. Unfortunate as it will be if today's news deprives anyone of some placebo-driven sense of ginseng-induced vitality, better still to address apparent institutionalized fraud.
For years, public health experts have practically begged people to stop wasting money on dietary supplements.
For one, many of these pills don't work. Study after study has demonstrated that favorites like multivitamins don't actually improve outcomes on a number of health measures, from staving off cognitive decline to preventing cardiovascular disease and cancer. The health benefits of probiotics are wildly exaggerated, and taking antioxidants like beta carotene and vitamin E might even kill you faster.
So what should you watch for if you're concerned you might not get enough? Here are a few signs you might need more vitamin D.
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