Sales of vitamins are booming in pandemic times. But is there any evidence that vitamin and mineral supplements can protect you from COVID or help you recover from infection?
Tainted dietary supplements could lead to harmful drug interactions.
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Products aimed at sexual dysfunction and weight loss were the most common dietary supplements that contained hidden – and potentially harmful – ingredients.
More than half of Americans regularly take supplements.
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The FDA has largely lost its ability to regulate the myriad pills, powders and potions that promise to grow muscle, shed body fat and improve your focus.
Pharmaceutical companies recalled metformin, a Type 2 diabetes drug, after finding high levels of NDMA impurities.
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The FDA recalled commonly used heartburn and ulcer medication ranitidine in April 2020. But new research suggests less reason for alarm.
Health fads have come and gone over the decades. Is CBD another one?
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CBD may not be a panacea for your aches and pains – and it certainly isn’t for COVID-19.
Some supplement products contain substances that are harmful.
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Americans love their supplements, but some of the products are contaminated with heavy metals, bacteria and toxic fungi. The FDA has little control because of a law passed in 1994.
The analgesic Grand-pa is among the most common pharmatrash in this study.
The pharmaceutical waste from Buffalo City dump sites reveals that the sale of over-the-counter drugs remains vastly unregulated and under-researched.
Older people often take many supplements, including ones purported to help with brain health. A recent study says the supplements do not work.
With fear of a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s a constant concern for many seniors, they turn to supplements. A recent study suggests they’d be better off keeping their money.
Yes, we need vitamins and minerals. But getting them from supplements isn’t the same as eating them in food.
A new review of 180 studies found little or no protective effects from taking dietary supplements, and actually found some harm.
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Something exciting is going on – no thanks to the supplements industry.
The fatty acid DHA is crucial for fetal brain development in the last trimester of pregnancy.
Fish oil capsules are marketed as prenatal supplements to improve brain development in children. But now top quality evidence suggests they won’t make any difference in women eating a balanced diet.
Drugs can help – but what happens when you mix them?
A new study finds that folic acid can block the effect of drugs used to treat bipolar disorder.
Sales of protein-based health products are booming.
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Protein-based health products have been criticised for inappropriate marketing but are they even worth the money?
Young female athletes competing in aesthetic sports, such as gymnastics, are putting their health at risk due to calcium…
Antioxidants are often portrayed as the good forces that fight evil free radicals.
Antioxidants are a commonly promoted feature of health foods and supplements. They’re portrayed as the good forces that fight free radicals – nasty molecules causing damage thought to hasten ageing and…
News of a potential adverse link with prostate cancer comes at a time when the public is heeding the message that the omega-3s derived from marine sources are beneficial.
A report published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute late last week shows a potential link between omega-3 fatty acids and the risk of developing prostate cancer. But it may be premature…
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…
Regular intake of fish oils may slow the negative effects of junk food on the brain, research at the University of Liverpool…
Most pregnant women only need to eat the equivalent of an extra two pieces of fruit and half a glass of milk a day.
We’ve all heard people sprout the phrase, “go on, you’re eating for two now” at barbecues, dinner parties and wherever food is being served, forcing pregnant women to decline offers of more and more food…
Detox diets may do little harm, except to your bank balance, but neither do they do a lot of good.
Detox diets make amazing promises of dramatic weight loss and more energy – all achieved by flushing toxins from the body. Toxins have very little to do with it; detox diets “work” because of the very…