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  • Vitamins and Minerals [hide all summaries]
    One promotional strategy of supplement suppliers is to make people worry about whether they are getting enough nutrients. But do most people really need to take vitamins and minerals to supplement their diets? Or are they a waste of money? Are there better alternatives to taking supplements to ensure adequate nutrition? This section will attempt to answer these questions and help you sort through the fact and fiction surrounding nutritional supplements.

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  • Dietary Supplements Offer Little to No Benefit and May Be Harmful [hide all summaries]
    (October 2012)
    The article reviews current evidence on 16 dietary supplements based on a large number of studies testing their effectiveness.
  • Vitamins and Minerals: A User’s Guide [hide all summaries]
    (August 2010)
    Vitamin and mineral supplements are a booming business in this coun­try. Many people are misled by ad­vertising into thinking that taking a supplement will help get rid of many of their health problems. But this is not the case.
  • Should Vitamins Be Regulated As Drugs? [hide all summaries]
    (June 2010)
    Increasing knowledge about the risks and, in some cases, lack of benefits of vitamins suggests that by classifying vitamins as drugs, companies would be forced to give patients much more information than they now provide and would have to back medical claims for efficacy and safety with evidence. The article also provides recent evidence of previously unknown harms from certain vitamins and updates on current knowledge about the 13 most commonly used vitamins.
  • Folic Acid and B Vitamins No Better Than Placebo in Heart Patients and May Cause Harm [hide all summaries]
    (June 2006)
    You should not use combinations of folic acid and B vitamins to lower blood levels of homocystine with the goal of preventing heart attacks, strokes, or sudden death. There is no evidence of a beneficial effect of these vitamins, and there is a possibility that they may cause harm.
  • Multivitamins with Minerals: Use in Healthy Older Adults Shows No Benefit [hide all summaries]
    (December 2005)
    Research published in the August 6, 2005 British Medical Journal found that the daily use of a multivitamin with a mineral supplement by people over 65 years of age did not did not affect numbers of infections, use of health care services, quality of life, number of antibiotic prescriptions, or hospital admissions compared to an inactive placebo.
  • Vitamins: Useful or Harmful? [hide all summaries]
    (November 2005)
    Your best source of vitamins is a healthy balanced diet. Use the chart in this article for examples of vitamin-rich foods. Use vitamins only when they are necessary and in consultation with your physician.

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