Forgoing calcium supplements is a fine approach for most people, a preventive services panel says.
February 25, 2013 There's no evidence that calcium supplements help prevent bone fractures in most people, a preventive services task force says. And calcium supplements boost the risk of kidney stones, and perhaps heart disease.
Some sports supplements contain the ingredient DMAA. The FDA has warned that DMAA may not be safe.
February 15, 2013 Exercise buffs who take dietary supplements with the ingredient know as DMAA say the stimulant gives them a boost of energy. But some researchers and the Food and Drug Administration are worried that these products could be dangerous.
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Despite public health campaigns urging women in the U.S. to take folic acid, many are still not taking the supplements when they become pregnant.
February 12, 2013 A study of more than 85,000 women in Norway found that those who started taking a folic acid supplement four weeks before getting pregnant were about 40 percent less likely to have a child who developed the disorder. Mothers had to continue taking the supplement during the first eight weeks of pregnancy to get the full benefit.
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There might be much more caffeine than you think in those supplements you're taking. There also might be much less.
January 9, 2013 A chemical analysis funded by the Defense Department finds that some dietary supplements contain far more caffeine than the amount listed on their labels. Other energy-boosting supplements contain less caffeine than the labels claim.
Federal health officials recommend 1,000 milligrams of calcium per day for people younger than 50, but some are overdoing it.
August 13, 2012 Calcium has been touted to stave off osteoporosis and promote bone health. But new research suggests going overboard on calcium consumption could lead to kidney stones or even a heart attack.
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Can you fight fat with a spoonful of these?
May 12, 2012 Black pepper and other spicy foods are often touted as weight loss aides, thanks to ingredients like capsaicin, but saying no to the freshly-grated Parmesan is more likely to help you lose weight.
Staying fit and eating well can help cancer survivors, too, a review of the latest evidence shows.
April 26, 2012 The American Cancer Society says there's strong evidence that an active lifestyle and a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can help cancer survivors live longer and stay cancer-free. But the latest guidelines take a dim view of nutritional supplements, which experts say can be harmful.
April 19, 2012 The Aztec people believed chia seeds gave them the power to run faster and longer. Today, they're the latest healthy diet trend. But don't eat those old holiday gifts growing out of clay pots, the company recommends.
December 6, 2011 Federal regulators want companies to stop selling homeopathic human chorionic gonadotropin to help people lose weight to stop. The regulators said the marketing of the products makes them "unnapproved new drugs" and that's against the law.
Quite a few hospitals are getting in on the acupuncture act.
November 15, 2011 A survey finds 42 percent of hospitals offer at least one type of complementary or alternative medicine treatment. Those hospitals that offer the options cite patient demand as the top reason. Clinical effectiveness is the No. 2 reason.
October 11, 2011 Use of many common supplements — iron, in particular — appeared to increase the risk of dying, and only calcium supplements appeared to reduce mortality risk. The increased risk amounted to a few percentage points in most instances.
April 20, 2011 The Federal Trade Commission has asked federal courts to put a stop to the activities of 10 different outfits that allegedly use "fake news websites" to tout acai berry weight-loss products.
Did you take a supplement today?
April 13, 2011 More women than men take supplements. And women 60 and over take the most of all, especially when it comes to calcium and vitamin D. Overall, multivitamins are the most commonly consumed supplements.
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