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28 Jul

Are Vitamins and Supplements Worth the Cost?

HealthDay’s Mabel Jong will be joined by nutrition expert Thunder Jalili, Ph.D., a professor of nutrition and integrative physiology at the University of Utah, to discuss why Americans spend more than $30 billion a year on dietary supplements, despite decades of research disputing their ability to improve health outcomes.

28 Jul

The Psychology of Supplements

HealthDay’s Mabel Jong will be joined by nutrition expert Thunder Jalili, Ph.D., a professor of nutrition and integrative physiology at the University of Utah, to discuss why Americans spend more than $30 billion a year on dietary supplements, despite decades of research disputing their ability to improve health outcomes.

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6 'Heart-Healthy' Supplements Flop in Cholesterol Study

Folks taking dietary supplements intended to help their heart health are just wasting their money, a new clinical trial suggests.

Six supplements widely promoted as heart-healthy — fish oil, cinnamon, garlic, turmeric, plant sterols and red yeast rice — didn't do a thing to lower “bad” low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol or improve heart health, researchers found.

“C...

Fish Oil Could Strengthen Your Aging Brain

Fish has been dubbed "brain food," and a new study suggests that may really be true for middle-aged adults.

Researchers found that among more than 2,000 middle-aged people, those with higher blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids performed b...

Multivitamins Linked to Healthier Brains in Old Age

A daily multivitamin might help keep your brain free from any decline in thinking skills, a new study suggests.

In a trial of more than 21,000 men and women, the study authors reported that

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  • September 14, 2022
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  • Vitamin D, Fish Oil Won't Help Elderly Stay Strong, Study Finds

    If only you could pop vitamin D and fish oil supplements to fight the frailty that often comes with aging, but new research delivers a disappointing message: Don't count on it.

    In reaching that conclusion, t...

    Wife of California Congressman Died After Using Herbal Remedy for Diabetes, Weight Loss

    Lori McClintock, the wife of Northern California congressman Tom McClintock, died late last year after taking white mulberry leaf, a herb used to treat diabetes, obesity and high cholesterol, a recently released report shows.

    The cause of death listed in the report was dehydration due to

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  • August 25, 2022
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  • Which Source of Dietary Fiber Works Best?

    If your diet is low in fiber, you can do your gut some good by adding more -- regardless of the fiber source, new research suggests.

    Many people know fiber as the nutrient that keeps you regular. But it's also a key player in the makeup of the gut microbiome -- the vast collection of bacteria and other micr...

    Dietary Supplements: Are You Throwing Money Away?

    Most Americans swear by dietary supplements, with nearly 3 of 4 people taking some type of supplement on a daily basis, a new HealthDay/Harris Poll has revealed.

    But many have a mistaken belief in the effectiveness of these supplements, which for the most part don't help folks live longer or healthier live...

    Vitamin D Supplements Won't Help Your Bones, Large Study Finds

    Seniors who take vitamin D supplements to improve their bone health and ward off fractures are just wasting their time and money, a major new study has found.

    These supplements did nothing to reduce their average risk of

    You Can Take Too Much Vitamin D -- One Man Found Out the Hard Way

    Vitamin D supplements are often touted for their health benefits, from boosting the immune system to guarding against cancer. But as one British man found out, it is possible to get too much of a good thing.

    Vitamin D overdosing -- clinically called hypervitaminosis D -- is linked to a range of potentia...

    Vitamins, Supplements Useless for Most People: Expert Panel

    Millions of people pop vitamins and supplements every day in hopes of staving off heart disease and cancer, but a new report finds the evidence to support that strategy is largely lacking.

    While there is some research showing that a daily multivitamin may slightly reduce cancer risk, the bigger pictur...

    Misinformation on Cancer Nutrition Abounds on Pinterest: Study

    About one-third of cancer nutrition information on the social media site Pinterest is misleading and posted by businesses trying to sell products, according to a new study.

    "Our results revealed a significant amount of misinformation about cancer and nutrition," said study co-author Tracy Crane, an assoc...

    Alzheimer's Research Casts Doubt on Safety of Popular Brain Supplements

    A dietary supplement believed to protect against Alzheimer's disease might instead be potentially harmful to the brain, a new study warns.

    L-serine is an amino acid that serves many different roles in the body, and one is to influence the development and function of synapses in the brain.

    Calcium Supplements Could Spell Trouble for Older Heart Patients

    Seniors are often advised to take calcium supplements, but new research says the pills might significantly increase an aging person's risk of heart valve problems that contribute to heart failure.

    People taking either calcium supplements alone or calcium with vitamin D had a higher risk of heart-related death or death from any cause compared with people not taking supplements, the researc...

    Over Half of American Parents Give Their Picky Eaters Supplements

    If your child is a picky eater and you feel you need to give them dietary supplements, you're not alone.

    In a new poll of more than 1,200 U.S. parents with at least one child aged 1 to 10, more than half said they struggle to get their child to eat a well-balanced diet and half said they regularly give their child dietary supplements.

    About one-third of parents said their child is a...

    Melatonin's Popularity Rises, Along With Hidden Dangers

    Americans have tossed and turned their way through the pandemic, and a new study shows they are increasingly turning to melatonin in an attempt to get some good rest.

    But the researchers also issued a warning, because some folks are using amounts that pose a risk to their health.

    In 2018, Americans were taking more than twice the amount of the over-the-counter sleep aid than a decad...

    Vitamin D Supplements Might Cut Your Odds for Autoimmune Diseases

    Taking vitamin D supplements may help stave off psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and other autoimmune diseases, a new study suggests.

    Previous research has hinted at this connection, but the new study is the first randomized controlled trial to look at what happens when people are given vitamin D supplements and followed to see if they develop an

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  • There Are No Hangover Cures, Scientists Say

    Here's a lesson many may have already learned over the past weekend: Don't count on ginseng, probiotics or any other so-called hangover cures.

    No evidence suggests hangover cures work, according to British scientists who studied nearly two dozen trials of these cure products. Their review was published Dec. 31 in the journal Addiction.

    "Our study has found that evidence on ...

    Fish Oil Has No Effect on Depression, Study Finds

    They may have other proven health benefits, but new research shows that fish oil supplements don't prevent depression or improve mood.

    Some experts recommend omega-3 fish oil supplements to help prevent depression in high-risk patients, but studies have yielded mixed results and there are no g...

    Supplements: Many Cancer Patients Think They'll Help, But Experts Urge Caution

    Many cancer patients take dietary supplements in hopes of keeping their disease at bay, but British researchers say there's little evidence it will pay off.

    In fact, they add, supplements may not only be ineffective, but harmful as well.

    "We found 1 in 5 people who had been treated for cancer mistakenly thought that taking vitamins or other supplements would help reduce the ris...

    Zinc Might Help Shorten Your Cold or Flu, Study Finds

    Many people pop a zinc supplement at the first sign of a cold, and there's new evidence supporting the habit.

    Australian researchers found that the supplements appear to help shorten respiratory tract infections, such as colds, flu, sinusitis and pneumonia.

    Many over-the-counter cold and cough remedies offer only "marginal benefits," the researchers noted, making "zinc a viable 'na...

    Another Study Suggests Too Much Fish Oil Could Trigger A-Fib

    A new study confirms that fish oil supplements may raise the risk of a common heart-rhythm disorder -- particularly when doses top 1 gram per day.

    At issue are medications and supplements containing omega-3 fatty acids, which are naturally found in fish oil.

    Fish is considered a generally heart-healthy food, but some studies have linked omega-3 in capsule form to an increased risk o...

    Vitamin D Won't Help Ease Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Study

    Taking vitamin D supplements won't improve painful symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), British researchers report.

    IBS is a chronic digestive disorder that can cause stomach cramps, bloating, diarrhea and constipation. Symptoms come and go for some people, but the condition can severely affect quality of life for many.

    Previous research has suggested a link between low vitam...

    Changing Diets Mean More Americans Are Anemic Now

    Growing numbers of Americans aren't getting enough iron in their diets most likely due to changes in farming practices and a shift away from red meat, researchers report.

    The upshot: Rates of iron-deficiency anemia are on the rise.

    "Iron deficiency remains a major public health issue even in a developed country such as the United States," Dr. Ian Griffin and Dr. Marta Rogido wr...

    No Good Evidence Weight Loss Supplements Work: Study

    Losing weight is hard, but many weight loss supplements promise to make the journey easy. Unfortunately, there's little high-quality research to back these claims, a new study shows.

    Hundreds of weight loss supplements like green tea extract, chitosan, guar gum and conjugated linoleic acid are being hawked by aggressive marketers. And an estimated 34% of Americans who want to lose weight ...

    Could Fish Oil Supplements Help Fight Depression?

    Fish oil supplements are often touted as good for your heart health, but a new study finds they may also help fight depression.

    "Using a combination of laboratory and patient research, our study has provided exciting new insight into how omega-3 fatty acids bring about anti-inflammatory effects that improve depression," said lead author Alessandra Borsini, a postdoctoral neuroscientist at...

    Healthy Levels of Vitamin D May Boost Breast Cancer Outcomes

    Breast cancer patients who have adequate levels of vitamin D - the "sunshine vitamin" - at the time of their diagnosis have better long-term outcomes, a new study finds.

    Combined with the results of prior research, the new findings suggest "an ongoing benefit for patients who maintain sufficient levels [of vitamin D] through and beyond breast cancer treatment," said study lead author Son...

    Fewer Than 1 in 10 American Adults Get Enough Dietary Fiber

    TUESDAY, June 8, 2021 (HealthDay News) - If you're like most American adults, it might be time to reach for a piece of fruit, a plate of vegetables or a bowl of whole grains.

    Only 7% of adults get enough fiber, a type of carbohydrate that passes through the body undigested and supports not only regular bowel movements, but also offers important health benefits. Too little fiber is associa...

    FDA Warns of Bogus Fertility Claims for Some Supplements

    Women who are struggling to get pregnant, beware of false dietary supplements that claim to help cure infertility and other reproductive health issues.

    Such supplements are not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and they could prevent patients from seeking effective, approved drugs, the agency warned.

    "These purported fertility aids seek to profit off of the vulnerabi...

    Reviews Find No Evidence Weight-Loss Supplements Work

    You're getting no real benefit from taking weight-loss supplements like garcinia cambogia, green tea extract, glucomannan, conjugated linoleic acid or chitosan, two new reviews show.

    Most of the clinical trials studied didn't show these supplements producing any weight loss among users, the researchers said. In the rare cases where people did lose weight, they didn't drop enough pounds to...

    What Was Antarctic Explorer Ernest Shackleton's Mystery Illness?

    Famed Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton may have suffered from a deficiency of the nutrient thiamine, a condition known as beriberi, say researchers who claim they have cracked this nearly 120-year-old mystery.

    Shackleton is known for his daring expeditions to Antarctica in the early 20th century. He experienced prolonged bouts of extreme shortness of breath and physical weakness on t...

    Could High-Dose Fish Oil Raise Odds for A-Fib in Heart Patients?

    Many people take fish oil to protect their heart, but a new study suggests that prescription versions may raise the risk of a common heart rhythm disorder.

    At issue are prescription-strength omega-3 fatty acids, which are naturally found in fish oil. The medications are often prescribed to people with very high triglycerides, a type of blood fat linked to increased risk of he...

    Fish Oil, Vitamin D Won't Prevent A-Fib: Study

    For people hoping to prevent the heart rhythm disorder known as "a-fib," new research shows that taking vitamin D or fish oil supplements won't help.

    A-fib, also known as atrial fibrillation, affects more than 33 million people worldwide and is the most common type of abnormal heart rhythm. It can cause symptoms that affect a person's quality of life, result in blood clots that can cause ...

    Omega-3s From Fish Might Curb Asthma in Kids, But Genes Matter

    Consuming greater amounts of certain omega-3 fatty acids found in fish may reduce the risk of asthma in kids -- but only those with a common gene variant, British researchers say.

    They focused on the long chain omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which are known to have anti-inflammatory properties.

    "Asthma is the most common chronic cond...

    High-Dose Vitamin D Won't Prevent Seniors' Falls: Study

    High doses of vitamin D may increase seniors' risk of falls, rather than reduce it, according to a new study.

    Preliminary studies suggested vitamin D may increase muscle strength and improve balance, so Johns Hopkins researchers investigated whether high doses of vitamin D might reduce the risk of falls in people aged 70 and older.

    But the investigators found that large doses of vit...

    Fish Oil, Vitamin D Supplements Won't Prevent A-Fib: Study

    Millions of people take a fish oil or vitamin D supplement in hopes of warding off a host of ills. But a new study finds the nutrients won't shield against the common and potential heart rhythm disorder known as atrial fibrillation.

    "A-fib" affects about 2.7 million Americans and can lead to complications such as blood clots, stroke and even heart failure. The risk of a-fib increases with...

    Fish Oil, Vitamin D and Exercise: How Helpful Are They If You're Over 70?

    THURSDAY, Nov. 12, 2020 (HealthDay) -- Vitamin D, fish oil supplements and weight training have long been touted for their health benefits, but for healthy seniors, none of them -- either in combination or alone -- boosts physical or mental performance or prevents broken bones, Swiss researchers report.

    For three years, they tracked more than 2,100 men and women (average age: 74) who were...

    Multivitamins' 'Benefits' Are All in Your Head: Study

    Multivitamins really are magic pills for your health, a new study contends -- but just not the way you might think.

    The health 'benefits' of multivitamins might just all be a trick of the mind, researchers say.

    U.S. adults who regularly take multivitamins self-reported 30% better overall health than people who don't use the supplements, results of a federally funded survey show.

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    Hazardous Ingredients Make 'Smart Drug' Supplements a Not-So-Smart Buy

    Maybe you're a senior concerned that your mind has started to lag a bit. Or maybe you're a college student looking for an edge in your classes.

    Either way, a new study warns that you should seriously reconsider taking any over-the-counter supplement that promises a powerful brain boost.

    A review of so-called "smart drug" nutritional supplements found a handful that were pack...

    Is Arthritis Pain Relief as Close as Your Spice Rack?

    It's a must for any good curry, and a new clinical trial suggests that turmeric might ease arthritis pain, too.

    Researchers found that an extract of the spice turmeric worked better than a placebo in easing pain from knee arthritis over three months. The treatment was not a home run -- but the pain relief was a bit better than past studies have found with standard medication.

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    Too Little Vitamin D Might Raise Odds of Coronavirus Infection

    There's evidence that low blood levels of the "sunshine vitamin" -- vitamin D -- may increase a person's risk of infection with the new coronavirus, researchers say.

    "Vitamin D is important to the function of the immune system and vitamin D supplements have previously been shown to lower the risk of viral respiratory tract infections," said study lead author Dr. David Meltzer. He's ch...

    Don't Count on Vitamin D to Ease Childhood Asthma

    Vitamin D supplements don't prevent severe asthma attacks in at-risk children, according to a study that challenges previous research.

    "The reason that's important is there are colleagues around this country and worldwide who are testing vitamin D levels for kids with asthma and giving them vitamin D," said study lead author Dr. Juan Celedón. He's chief of pediatric pulmonary m...

    At High Doses, Popular Biotin Supplement Could Mask Heart Trouble

    A growing number of older people are turning to the vitamin biotin to fortify their aging skin, hair and nails.

    But a new study shows how large doses of it can interfere with some vital medical tests.

    Biotin, or vitamin B7, is an essential nutrient. And there is no issue with the lower doses found in multivitamins, said study author Danni Li, an associate professor of labora...

    Two Common Nutrients Might Keep Vertigo at Bay

    Taking in extra vitamin D plus calcium might cut your odds of getting a debilitating form of vertigo, new research shows.

    The Korean study focused on benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), a sudden spinning sensation that's commonly triggered by changing your head position. According to the study authors, about 86% of people who have this type of vertigo find that it affects...

    Don't Believe the Hype: Bogus Products, Coronavirus Scams Abound

    Can zinc help shorten a COVID-19 infection? Will vitamin C or other supplements prevent it?

    These claims and plenty more can be found on social media and internet sites, but be advised: There is no pill or treatment that can prevent or cure COVID right now.

    "We want to think that there is a quick way to get rid of this. But there is not a product out there that will keep y...

    Could Green Tea Extract Help Fight Pulmonary Fibrosis?

    A green tea extract has shown early hints of promise against a serious, progressive form of lung disease, researchers say.

    The disease is called pulmonary fibrosis, where scar tissue builds up in the lungs over time, limiting the amount of oxygen the body receives. Eventually, life-threatening lung failure can develop.

    There are many types of pulmonary fibrosis, but the most...

    Fish Oil May Help Prevent Heart Disease, But Not Cancer: Study

    Every day, millions of Americans pop a fish oil supplement -- rich in healthy omega-3 fatty acids -- in hopes it'll improve their health.

    A big new data review suggests they may be half right: The supplements may slightly reduce a person's risk of heart disease, but they won't ward off cancers.

    In fact, men who took the supplements actually had a slight uptick in their risk...

    Fish Oil Supplements Might Help Men Become Dads

    Couples struggling to get pregnant might want to add a little more fish in their diet, a new study says.

    Young men who take fish oil supplements appear to have better sperm quality and higher testosterone levels than those who don't, as well as larger testicles, researchers report.

    Although it wasn't tested as part of the study, all these male reproductive factors should lea...

    Probiotics: Don't Buy the Online Hype

    Many people turn to the internet with health questions, but how reliable is the information you find? When it comes to probiotics, a new study urges caution.

    The research found that of 150 websites that came up with a search of probiotics, most were commercial sites, hoping to sell a product. Others were news sites or health portals (providing links to other sites). Many of these site...

    Male Fertility Supplements Fail to Deliver

    Supplements containing zinc and folic acid don't appear to boost male fertility, a new study finds.

    Despite marketing claims, these supplements don't improve pregnancy rates, sperm counts or sperm function, researchers say.

    "Our results suggest that these dietary supplements have little to no effect on fertility and may even cause mild gastrointestinal symptoms," researche...

    Vitamin D Alone Doesn't Prevent Fractures, New Study Finds

    Taking calcium and vitamin D might help older adults curb the risk of a bone fracture, but vitamin D alone does not do the job, a new research review concludes.

    The analysis of 28 past studies found that older adults with higher blood levels of vitamin D were less likely to suffer a broken hip or other fracture over five to 15 years.

    But the picture was different in studies ...

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