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Do vitamin D, melatonin, zinc, and vitamin C protect against Covid-19?

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Dozens of studies are underway to determine whether supplements of common nutrients and vitamins could help ward off infections of SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes Covid-19, or even treat the disease by reducing the dangerous inflammation it causes in the lungs and other organs. A few have proven promising. But the research is not yet conclusive on any supplements, and it’s quite inconclusive for others. Meanwhile, scientists caution that too much of any nutrient can have negative side effects.


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What the federal lawsuit against Prevagen says about the American supplement industry and the brain

About one month went by until Mary realized she no longer had trouble remembering other people’s names. Jim says it only took three weeks for him to notice an improvement in his memory. Meanwhile, Sue experienced perhaps the most profound effects: She’s less absentminded, a better multitasker, and her recall of people’s names and faces has only gotten better. Her co-workers have noticed, too.


A loophole in the Dietary Supplement Act has led to thousands of hospitalizations

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On December 25, 2019, Emily Goss underwent liver transplant surgery to replace her failing organ. The condition came on suddenly; in just three weeks, the 23-year-old went from being perfectly healthy to suffering from acute liver failure. The suspected culprit is a dietary supplement Goss had been taking for several months called Balance, which the company Alani Nu claims can “support hormonal balance, weight management, complexion, and fertility.”


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The latest science behind the 10 most popular, plus answers to that age-old question: Should you take them?

Vitamins and other supplements are more ubiquitous than ever: A 2019 Harris Poll found that 86% of Americans say they take them. But what does the science say about your go-to supplement? Elemental scrutinized the latest and best research on the 10 most popular supplements in America. Whether you’re taking something for your brain, your bones, or your blood, you’ll want to read this before you swallow another dose.


Guide to Vitamins

They seem like a safety net for better nutrition. Are they important for everyday health?

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This story is a part of The Elemental Guide to Vitamins. Here are the vitamins and supplements that are covered: multivitamins, vitamin D, vitamin C, calcium, B vitamins, omega-3, vitamin E, fiber, protein, and probiotics.


Guide to Vitamins

The case for a high fiber diet is strong. Will a supplement help you meet your quota?

Illustrations by Kieran Blakey

This story is a part of The Elemental Guide to Vitamins. Here are the vitamins and supplements that are covered: multivitamins, vitamin D, vitamin C, calcium, B vitamins, omega-3, vitamin E, fiber, protein, and probiotics.


Guide to Vitamins

30 to 50% of Americans are low in vitamin D. Are supplements the answer? It’s complicated.

Illustrations by Kieran Blakey

This story is a part of The Elemental Guide to Vitamins. Here are the vitamins and supplements that are covered: multivitamins, vitamin D, vitamin C, calcium, B vitamins, omega-3, vitamin E, fiber, protein, and probiotics.


Guide to Vitamins

Kids need calcium for growth. Adults need it for bone health. Who should take it in pill form?

Illustrations by Kieran Blakey

This story is a part of The Elemental Guide to Vitamins. Here are the vitamins and supplements that are covered: multivitamins, vitamin D, vitamin C, calcium, B vitamins, omega-3, vitamin E, fiber, protein, and probiotics.


Guide to Vitamins

How to know if fish oil is for you

Illustrations by Kieran Blakey

This story is a part of The Elemental Guide to Vitamins. Here are the vitamins and supplements that are covered: multivitamins, vitamin D, vitamin C, calcium, B vitamins, omega-3, vitamin E, fiber, protein, and probiotics.


Guide to Vitamins

What researchers now know about the classic cold antidote

Illustrations by Kieran Blakey

This story is a part of The Elemental Guide to Vitamins. Here are the vitamins and supplements that are covered: multivitamins, vitamin D, vitamin C, calcium, B vitamins, omega-3, vitamin E, fiber, protein, and probiotics.

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