Vitamins & Supplements

Vitamins & Supplements Articles

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 »

Should I take vitamin D?

A large randomized study is under way to find out the effects of taking vitamin D pills. Preliminary results are expected by 2019. More »

Sleep and magnesium supplements

Some initial studies have shown that an increase in magnesium may help with insomnia. However, the evidence is limited. Still, magnesium supports many nerve and bone functions, and older men should ensure they get enough by eating more green leafy vegetables, nuts, and seeds. (Locked) More »

Dietary supplements can be hard to swallow

A study found that 23,000 Americans visit the emergency room every year with bad reactions to dietary supplements, and that older people frequently report choking or difficulty swallowing vitamin and mineral supplements, especially those with calcium. More »