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.
The greatest benefit of supplements is likely for people who suffer specific nutrient deficiencies.
“Deficiency in one of many essential nutrients…
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.”
The case is the latest in a long series of serious illnesses and even deaths caused by potent over-the-counter supplements that can contain either prohibited or prescription drugs. Public health experts and…
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.
Taking a daily multivitamin or fish oil pill is a common ritual. In fact, Americans spend more than $30 billion a year on dietary supplements.
But a growing body of evidence suggests that popular vitamins and supplements may not always contain what their labels claim, and potentially dangerous ingredients can get into the pills. A recent October 2018 report by California Department of Public Health researchers, published in the journal JAMA Network Open, revealed that more than 700 supplements on the market included unlabeled ingredients found in pharmaceutical drugs, and less than half received voluntary recalls from health authorities. “That’s…
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Since at least the 1950s, intravenous (IV) vitamin therapy has been a thing. Back then, a New York physician named Max Jacobson — nicknamed “Dr. Feelgood” — famously injected cocktails of B12 and amphetamines into his celebrity clients, including, by many accounts, John F. Kennedy.
Earlier this year, federal authorities announced plans to strengthen oversight of the supplement industry.
“The growth in the number of adulterated and misbranded products — including those spiked with drug ingredients not declared on their labels, misleading claims, and other risks — creates new potential dangers,” said U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb in a February press release.
Heightened oversight is needed, Gottlieb argued, because expansion and change within the supplement industry has made it difficult for his agency to keep pace. “What was once a $4 billion industry comprised of about 4,000 unique products, is…
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