Earlier this year, federal authorities announced plans to strengthen oversight of the supplement industry.
“The growth in the number of adulterated and misbranded products — including those spiked with drug ingredients not declared on their labels, misleading claims, and other risks — creates new potential dangers,” said U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb in a February press release.
From scientific studies to niche-market magazines, supplements are in the spotlight. A recent article published in Outside magazine, a publication for outdoor recreation enthusiasts, questioned the complicated relationship of sun exposure, sunscreen use, and vitamin D.1
Elderberry supplementation may reduce the duration and severity of upper respiratory symptoms, according to a meta-analysis published in the journal Complementary Therapies in Medicine.
Osteoporosis, among other common bone diseases, is a disease causing a reduction in bone density that is the most common reason for bone fractures in later age. For decades, people with the condition, or those wishing to avoid it, have been told to take calcium supplements.
Millions of American men pop a multivitamin each day, but new research shows the pills won't help the heart -- even if a man's nutrition is lacking.
Two major studies released Saturday provide evidence that medications derived from fish oil are effective in protecting people from fatal heart attacks, strokes and other forms of cardiovascular disease.
Potentially harmful pharmaceuticals not listed on product labels were found in more than 700 over-the-counter dietary supplements, researchers report.
We live in the era of evidence-based medicine, so new interventions must meet criteria for both safety and efficacy before they are adopted.
We are still in love with vitamins a century after they were discovered, with half the US and UK population taking a supplement.
Regulation of dietary supplements should focus less on whether vitamins, minerals, and herbal extracts actually do what advocates claim and more on whether they are safe to take, a public health expert and former regulator says.