The US and Canada began fortifying flour with folic acid in the late 90s. More than 70 countries followed suit, but not the UK.
X-ray of person with lung cancer.
A new study has found a link between high doses of vitamin B6 and B12 and lung cancer – but only in men.
Women (and their partners) can give their baby the best start in life by eating well even before they conceive.
Thinking about trying for a baby? Then now is the time for you and your partner to "spring clean" your food and lifestyle habits.
Recent evidence seems to deny the benefit of fish oil supplements for heart health. But the quality of the studies is not that great.
Vitamins are often seen as benign since they’re meant to be natural, but the list of ingredients isn’t always accurate.
In many instances complementary medicines have no added benefit when compared to a placebo, or weak evidence of effectiveness.
People given taurine had significantly improved overall mental health symptoms.
People given taurine had significantly improved overall mental health symptoms, including those of psychosis, compared to those given placebo.
Consumers want to know if their complementary medicines are safe and effective. But are links between science and manufacturers the answer?
A new multimillion dollar deal between Swisse Wellness and CSIRO has raised questions about the integrity of Australia’s premier scientific research organisation and the motivations behind the deal.
Resveratrol is found at only trace levels in red wine.
You would need to drink over a thousand bottles of red wine per day to get the amount of resveratrol - the compound said to have many health benefits - needed to even have an effect.
There are things that come from plants that aren’t in multivitamins.
Recent diet and health surveys show the typical Australian diet is far from what is considered a healthy diet. Can vitamin and mineral supplements come to the rescue?
Some supplements contain hidden ingredients.
Vitamin supplements and protein powders at best don't work and, at worst, can cause harm. So why do 75% of Australians take them?
Vitamin D by Shutterstock
Vitamin D is often seen as a harmless supplement to take – the more the better. But the evidence suggests a different picture.
Reading the label might not help.
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The supplements industry is big business but do you know what's really in the packet?
Research suggests the chemicals in chokeberry have a synergistic effect with a cancer drug.
Extracts from a berry can improve the effectiveness of a chemotherapy drug, according to research published today in the Journal of Clinical Pathology. But it’s best to view this finding with caution because…
“Sprinkles” - sachets of nutrient powder - were distributed across remote Indigenous communities as part of a broader study addressing childhood nutrition.
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Young children living in remote Indigenous communities have long been known to suffer from iron deficiency and anaemia at…
Just eat them, they’re good for you.
Without vitamins in our diet we wouldn’t survive but taking too many can be harmful. There’s a limit to how much we actually need. However, since the discovery of vitamins - or “vital amines” as they were…
There’s conflicting evidence about both the efficacy and the safety of taking calcium supplements.
A clash between supporters and detractors of calcium supplements for better bone health is leading to conflicting headlines, leaving the public unsure about whom to believe. Osteoporosis is estimated to…
In light of relevations into doping in Australian sport, should more be done to protect and inform professional athletes?
Should an athlete advocacy organisation be established to help athletes navigate the minefield of banned and permitted substances in sport? We believe it should be. Last week’s report by the Australian…
Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers may be deficient in iodine, according to new research. The study of 587 new mothers involved…
Vitamin D levels hit their lowest levels in early spring, not in winter as previously thought. A study of 24,000 people in…
The belief that supranutritional doses of vitamins will improve quality of life doesn’t match what science tells us.
When it comes to using vitamins to supplement diets, there’s a wide gap between what science says and what many consumers believe. A recent study, for instance, established that some 52% of the Australian…