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You’ve seen them in late night commercials and at your local pharmacy—little pills that claim to cure your cold, help you wake up or maybe help you lose weight. Vitamin and mineral supplements are everywhere and generate billions of dollars in revenue in the U.S. each year. But do they really work?
Find us on all these places:
Francisco Tomás-Barberán, Ph.D.
Darcy Gentleman, Ph.D.
Should you take multi-vitamins? http://www.berkeleywellness.com/supplements/vitamins/article/should-you-still-take-multi
Prenatal vitamins: http://www.webmd.com/baby/guide/prenatal-vitamins
Industry revenue: http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424127887324392804578362073624344816
Large multivitamin studies showing no significant benefits for healthy people:
Some experts recommend multivitamins as “nutritional insurance”:
For those with diabetes, supplements can help: http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=716096
Adverse effects: http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMsa1504267
Fish oil claims not supported by research: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/03/30/fish-oil-claims-not-supported-by-research/ http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/fish-oil-supplement-research-remains-murky/
Other sources: Trials for supplements don’t show adequate evidence of benefits
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