Osteoporosis is a serious concern for Americans, and as more and more Baby Boomers reach the age of 80, the risk continues to increase. Calcium is a supplement that has been long relied upon to help keep bones healthy and strong, but several other nutrients are beginning to come to the forefront in recent scientific research and study, including vitamin D, vitamin K2, collagen and others.
Do you recommend bone building supplements and lifestyle changes to your older patients? Find out more about the promising new research and which supplements to consider recommending to your patients in this in-depth article read more…
by Leo Galland, MD
This article is reproduced from the Huffington Post
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A series of articles published on Dec. 17 in a prestigious medical journal, The Annals of Internal Medicine, received a lot of press because of an editorial entitled, “Enough is Enough: Stop Wasting Money on Vitamin and Mineral Supplements.”
It’s safe to say that many reporters and commentators did not actually read the studies, because the data published actually revealed the opposite, at least for heart disease and for cancer in men.
So I’m going to tell you what the results of read more…
By Suzanne Dixon, MPH, MS, RD
article courtesy of Pure Prescriptions
An editorial published in the Annals of Internal Medicine urges people to “stop wasting money on vitamin and mineral supplements” and concludes, “the case is closed.” While the particular studies in question did show negative findings for a short list of health conditions in certain populations, this opinion provides a narrow view of the depth and breadth of supplement research. It also ignores the complex relationship between nutrition and health and potentially leaves many people unnecessarily confused about supplements.
Overview of the overview
The editorial discusses three papers published read more…
by Dr. Chad Larson
Dr. Chad Larson discusses how to talk about multivitamins with your patients in light of the most recent headlines, bringing them back from this diversion that has clouded what really matters.
“This may come as a shocker, but not all multivitamins are created equally. In my opinion, the junk that you can purchase in most places like grocery stores, drug stores, and warehouse-type stores is not helpful for your health and may even be a little harmful.
First of all, multivitamins don’t kill you. I agree that there are some really crappy multivitamins out there read more…
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