One recent study revealed no evidence that selenium supplements help prevent diabetes, even in geographical areas where there are relatively low amounts of selenium in the natural diet.
Most vitamins and other nutritional supplements are unlikely to prevent chronic disease. Invest in good quality foods, sleep and exercise instead.
Largest ever clinical study shows no benefit of vitamin D in preventing bone fractures.
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.
Turns out taking antioxidant supplements after exercise doesn't do much to help reduce muscle soreness after all.
Six scientists on the supplements they take every day and why they take them.
Despite the marketing hype, antioxidants can be harmful when consumed in excess.
Antioxidants are meant to be good for us, but not all antioxidants are equal.
Studies show that cinnamon can lower blood lipids in people with diabetes or metabolic syndrome.
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?
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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…