Vitamins & Supplements

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Magnesium: A mineral you might be missing

Most people in the United States don’t get the recommended amount of magnesium in their diets. Nuts, leafy greens, and whole grains are rich in this essential mineral, which seems to help lower blood pressure. Certain people with high blood pressure may benefit from taking magnesium supplements, but there is insufficient evidence to recommend this practice. The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet, which recommends eight to 10 servings of fruits and vegetables daily, provides plenty of magnesium and is also low in sodium, which can raise blood pressure.  (Locked) More »

The benefits of vitamin pills and chocolate

Although theoretically multivitamins and chocolate might reduce the risk of heart disease and some cancers, proof is lacking. A new randomized trial called COSMOS will test whether multivitamin pills and cocoa pills have health benefits. (Locked) More »

The best foods for vitamins and minerals

Vitamins and minerals are as essential for living as air and water. Not only do they keep your body healthy and functional, they protect you from a variety of diseases. Vitamins and minerals get thrown together, but they are quite different. Vitamins are organic substances produced by plants or animals. They often are called "essential" because they are not synthesized in the body (except for vitamin D) and therefore must come from food. More »

What can you do to improve your immune system?

Your immune system is on the job around the clock to protect you from infectious bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites that cause disease, suffering, and death. The immune system is an extremely complex network of cells and molecules that researchers are still working to understand. Because there is so much about immune function that remains unknown, immune system myths abound and commercial enterprise have exploited them. The following are three common immune system myths. Immune system myth #1: The more active your immune system is, the healthier you will be. More »

The A list for vitamin B-12 sources

Vitamin B-12, required for proper brain function and a host of chemical reactions within the body, is found naturally only in animal foods. But if the typical vitamin B-12 sources are not part of your regular diet or if your body has difficulty absorbing enough B-12, there are other options. More »

Should I take a potassium supplement?

People should avoid potassium supplements unless their doctor prescribes them. Eating potassium-rich fruits and vegetables is a better way to get adequate amounts of this mineral, which is important for regulating blood pressure and many other bodily functions.  (Locked) More »

Should you take “senior” multivitamins?

There is little scientific proof that multivitamins or special “senior” vitamin formulas helps you live longer, feel better, or avoid disease. Spending money on fresh fruits and vegetables is a wiser and healthier investment. (Locked) More »

Why dietary supplements are suspect

Herbal remedies and other dietary supplements aren’t held to the same standards as FDA-approved drugs. Evidence indicates that few are effective, and some may be harmful. Moreover, the products may not contain what their labels claim they do. More »