Vitamins & Supplements

FDA OKs Boosting Bread Vitamin D with Yeast

Soon you may be getting more of your daily vitamin D from bread

Do You Need More Vitamin B12?

If youre 50 or older, Uncle Sam says yes. Heres why and how best to get it. When the latest federal Dietary Guidelines for Americans were released earlier this year with the recommendation that people age 50 and older should get extra vitamin B12 through fortified foods or supplements, one expert commented, Its not very difficult to anticipate the sudden spate of fortified with vitamin B12 as recommended in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines messaging that will populate the fronts of boxes and bags. Before the hype hits the grocery stores

Q: Is much of the omega-3 lost when the skin of the salmon is...

Answer :According to Alice H. Lichtenstein, DSc, director of the Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory at Tufts Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, much of salmons healthy omega-3 fatty acids lie just under the skin. Comparing total omega-3s for the same variety of salmon in different preparations using the USDAs Nutrient Database, salmon without the skin contains only 39% to 64% of the omega-3s in the same portion of salmon with the skin. But…

Surveying Doctors Supplement Choices

Do physicians take dietary supplements-and if so, which ones and why? A new survey conducted for the supplements-industry trade association the Council for Responsible Nutrition sought answers from 900 physicians, evenly divided among three specialties-cardiology, dermatology and orthopedics

Probiotics Could Help Protect Against Colds and Flu

The friendly bacteria found in probiotics might help you get through cold and flu season

Vitamin D Cant Stop the Common Cold

Dont count on vitamin D to protect you from the sniffles. New Zealand researchers report

No Link Between Folic Acid Supplements and Colorectal Cancer

A new American Cancer Society study concludes that theres no evidence folic acid from fortified foods or supplements increases the risk of colorectal cancer. Earlier research, including a 2007 Tufts study

Q: I have been told that the sugar substitute Splenda is unhealthy due to...

Answer :Its true that Splenda is made using chlorine, which sounds scary; the sugar industry warns that youre actually eating chlorine when consuming sucralose, the chemical sold as Splenda. Plain sugar is transformed into sucralose by substituting three chlorine atoms for hydrogen, creating a substance that is not digested by the body-so its effectively caloriefree- and thats 600 times sweeter than sugar. (Packaged Splenda also contains dextrose and maltodextrin as bulking agents.) But theres no…

Extra Vitamin E Found Safe Yet Ineffective; Debate Goes On

The good news from a new pooled analysis of 57 studies is that, despite some red flags from previous research, vitamin E supplements are safe and dont increase the risk of death. But neither do the once-highly touted supplements help you live longer, the review reports, despite hopes their antioxidant effects might fight chronic disease. Calling their meta-analysis the largest and most inclusive to date, scientists concluded in Current Aging Science that vitamin E supplementation cannot be endorsed as a means of reducing mortality

Vitamin D Research Roundup

Pancreatic Cancer Patients More Likely to Lack Vitamin DPancreatic cancer, on the rise in the United States, may be deterred by maintaining adequate vitamin D status