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The Problem With Supplements

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.

Rethinking Vitamin D and Sun Exposure Guidelines

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

Does Elderberry Supplementation Reduce Upper Respiratory Symptoms?

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.

Are Calcium Supplements Safe and Efficient?

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.

Multivitamins May Not Help Men's Hearts, Even When Diet is Poor

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 Huge Studies Have Just Revealed The Actual Benefits of Fish Oil And Vitamin D

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.

Dr. Barry explains Homeopathy

Homeopathy is a safe, gentle, and natural system of healing that works with your body to relieve symptoms, restore itself, and improve your overall health.  But does it work?

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Healthy Eating: Health Benefits of Turmeric

A relative of ginger, this vivid yellow-orange spice is common in Indian, Southeast Asian, and Middle Eastern cooking. It's also been used as medicine in places like India for centuries to treat issues such as breathing problems.


Some dietary supplements contain potentially harmful drugs

Potentially harmful pharmaceuticals not listed on product labels were found in more than 700 over-the-counter dietary supplements, researchers report.

Calcium and vitamin D: To supplement or not?

We live in the era of evidence-based medicine, so new interventions must meet criteria for both safety and efficacy before they are adopted.

The Largest Ever Clinical Study on Vitamin D Shows We're Wrong About Its Benefits

We are still in love with vitamins a century after they were discovered, with half the US and UK population taking a supplement.

Calcium and vitamin D: To supplement or not?

We live in the era of evidence-based medicine, so new interventions must meet criteria for both safety and efficacy before they are adopted.


This Incredibly Popular Supplement Is Pretty Much Useless, Says Huge New Study

There's a growing body of evidence to suggest most vitamin supplements don't do all that much. In fact, a study earlier this yearfound how some of the most popular vitamin supplements, including vitamin C and calcium, don't really have major health benefits.


Getting Enough Vitamins After 50

f you think of vitamins as the chewable cartoon characters of childhood or overhyped by the supplement industry, you may wonder if they really matter. ­­­

The answer: Yes, in a big way.


Can You Trust the Labels on Your Supplements?

Think you know what's in your favorite supplement? Think again.

More than half of the herbal and dietary supplements analyzed by researchers contained ingredients that differed from the list on their labels.


Are you over 65 and take vitamins? They don't usually help — and sometimes they harm

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.


Vitamin D

Turmeric Dosage: How Much Should You Take Per Day?

You may know turmeric primarily as a spice, but it’s also used in Ayurvedic medicine, a holistic approach to health that originated in India over 3,000 years ago (1).

Turmeric supplements are now widely available for medicinal use, but knowing how much to take can be confusing.


Most vitamins are useless, but here are the ones you should take

It seems like simple, obvious advice: Eat your vegetables, get some exercise, and — of course — take your vitamins.

Or not.