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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Clearing Up The Confusion About Nutritional Supplements

Americans have heard a lot of mixed messages about vitamins and may be wondering if they are safe and effective. As with most health questions, it's smart to look at multiple information sources to get the true picture on nutritional supplementation.

"The total body of scientific evidence overall supports the benefits of nutritional supplementation," reports certified clinical nutritionist Neil E. Levin, nutrition education manager at NOW Foods in Bloomingdale, Ill. "Surveys show that most people trust vitamins, relying on them as a form of nutritional insurance, and most doctors surveyed recommend them to their patients."

The Lewin Group has published evidence-based research reporting that the proper use of certain dietary supplements can save billions of dollars in health care costs while improving the quality of life and preserving the independence of seniors.

The occasional negative report, however sensational, should be regarded skeptically when contrasted with a solid body of evidence. According to the FDA's Consumer Update, it's a smart idea to "think twice about chasing the latest headline. Sound health advice is generally based on research over time, not a single study touted by the media." Read more...


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