The Nuance

The Problem With Supplements

The evidence against supplements is stronger than ever, and yet more Americans take them year over year

Illustrations by Na Kim

“There’s a huge disconnect between people’s perception of supplements and the reality, and that can be really destructive.”

“In the cancer world, we tell people to avoid processed foods, and supplements by definition are processed foods.”

“There is a desire to go from point A to point B as quickly and easily as possible, and taking pills to do that is very chic right now.”

I write about health, science, and psychology. My work has appeared in Time magazine, the New York Times, Vice, and elsewhere. These days I live in Germany.