- Vitamins, Minerals, and “Supplements”
Nutritious food that is properly prepared, in balance, and consumed in moderation remains the only guaranteed "best program" for optimal nutrition. The science of nutritional supplements, deficiencies, vitamins, minerals, etc., remains challenging. Controlled studies, including outcomes studies (i.e., those that determine if an intervention really helps us or not), are difficult to do because there are so many variables. Evidence-based guidelines are sparse.
Medical science currently recommends the following in terms of vitamins, minerals, and supplements:
- Selenium in Your Supplement?
For most men with prostate cancer, the dietary supplement selenium may actually promote more aggressive cases of the disease, according to a new study, Serum Selenium Concentrations and Hypertension in the US Population.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) recently filed a formal complaint with the FDA over the various prostate claims on Bayer’s One A Day labeling.
- Is the Vitamin B Trio a Bust?
Is the famed vitamin B trio (folate [vitamin B9] + vitamin B6 + vitamin B12), which is thought to help prevent heart disease, a bust? The answer leads you back to food, not supplements.