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The Hazards of Diet Supplements

We are a country obsessed with dietary supplements. Try taking them away and see how people resist the idea.  But do we need all those vitamins and minerals- sometimes, especially during key growth periods (pregnancy and childhood)?

So you think that just to be sure, you should take them as insurance against certain diseases. Maybe not. Sometimes excess is not the answer and may become harmful.  A famous example was a study that gave beta carotene  supplements(vitamin A) to smokers. The reason was that beta carotene was thought to be protective against lung cancer since it functions as an antioxidant. The result showed that there were more cases of lung cancer in the vitamin group than in those smokers given a placebo. Subsequent studies supported this finding.

What does the research say? You may be surprised.

Read the article HERE.





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The Wizard of “Oz”?

English: American currency (bills and coins in...

English: American currency (bills and coins in multiple denominations) and dietary supplement pills in three colors, on a black background (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This video is very funny but  so true.  It covers most of the problems with people’s gullibility when it comes to believing the claims made by the dietary supplement industry.  Most are harmless; others can be dangerous!  Nevertheless, the drain on the pocketbook of consumers is appalling enough.  One of the fastest growing industries in the world is the nutritional supplement group, or more broadly known as Vitamins, Minerals and Supplements, or VMS. Producing about $32 billion in revenue for just nutritional supplements alone in 2012, it is projected to double that by topping $60 billion in 2021. For some guidelines on supplements, click here.