Note: This post is participating in an "RD Blogfest" in honor of National Registered Dietitian Day (March 11)
Food vs. Supplements:
Here is a Registered Dietitian's review of some good journalistic articles from February and March 2009 explaining in simple language the results of of some recent research about vitamin supplements. I hope I can convince you to focus on food rather than supplements, and to seek out advice from qualified health professionals.
- A research study showing that kids who don't need vitamins are usually the one who take them anyway. The article states that the AAP does not recommend supplements for most kids over the age of 1.
- Dr. Sanjay Gupta's view on vitamins supplements emphasizing that there is no research proving supplements help make you healthier.
- Postmenopausal women saw no health effect from multivitamin in a recent study.
- This article questions the safety of nanoparticles in vitamins and the lack of oversight by the FDA.
- Multivitamins don't help prevent cancer or heart disease in this study.
- Prenatal vitamins don't contain the amount of iodine they claim to contain according to this report .
- Too much supplemental vitamin E might cause heart defects according to a recent study .
- A good review explaining how some anti-oxidants can act as pro-oxidants if taken in supplemental form.