March is National Nutrition Month. How ironic that the news this month includes the probability that Gwyneth Paltrow is initiating a new line of vitamin and mineral supplements. In the first place, do we really need another line of diet supplements? I would also like to know just what are her credentials to offer the consumer any nutritional advice?
According to Dr. Paul Offit, author of Do You Believe in Magic? The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine, clinical trials have shown no differences in the claimed beneficial effects versus placebo of the following popular supplements: Ginko biloba, St. John’s wort, garlic, saw palmetto, milk thistle, echinacea, or chondroitin sulfate.