Balancing the Risks and Benefits of Vitamin C Supplements

Mainstream medicine has long had a healthy skepticism of dietary supplements, extending to the present day with commentaries like “Enough is enough.” In an essay entitled “Battling Quackery,” however, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, it’s 

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NUTRITIONFACTS.ORG is a strictly non-commercial, science-based public service provided by Dr. Michael Greger, providing free updates on the latest in nutrition research via bite-sized videos. There are more than a thousand videos on nearly every aspect of healthy eating, with new videos and articles uploaded every day. NutritionFacts.org was launched with seed money and support by the Jesse & Julie Rasch Foundation. Incorporated as a 501c3 nonprofit charity, NutritionFacts.org now relies on individual donors to keep the site alive.

Dr. Greger is a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety, and public health issues. A founding member and Fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Dr. Greger is licensed as a general practitioner specializing in clinical nutrition. Currently he proudly serves as the public health director at the Humane Society of the United States. Dr. Greger is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Agriculture and the Tufts University School of Medicine.

His latest book, How Not to Die, became an instant New York Times Best Seller. 100% of all proceeds he has ever received from his books, DVDs, and speaking engagements has always and will always be donated to charity. Dr. Greger receives no compensation for his work on NutritionFacts.org.

Supplement Labeling Fraud is Widespread

The regulation of dietary supplements in the United States has been described as “too little, too late.” “Dietary supplements may be adulterated with dangerous compounds, be contaminated, fail to contain the purported active ingredient, or contain unknown doses of the ingredients stated on the label; be sold at toxic dosages; or produce harmful effects” in other ways.

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NUTRITIONFACTS.ORG is a strictly non-commercial, science-based public service provided by Dr. Michael Greger, providing free updates on the latest in nutrition research via bite-sized videos. There are more than a thousand videos on nearly every aspect of healthy eating, with new videos and articles uploaded every day. NutritionFacts.org was launched with seed money and support by the Jesse & Julie Rasch Foundation. Incorporated as a 501c3 nonprofit charity, NutritionFacts.org now relies on individual donors to keep the site alive.

Dr. Greger is a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety, and public health issues. A founding member and Fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Dr. Greger is licensed as a general practitioner specializing in clinical nutrition. Currently he proudly serves as the public health director at the Humane Society of the United States. Dr. Greger is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Agriculture and the Tufts University School of Medicine.

His latest book, How Not to Die, became an instant New York Times Best Seller. 100% of all proceeds he has ever received from his books, DVDs, and speaking engagements has always and will always be donated to charity. Dr. Greger receives no compensation for his work on NutritionFacts.org.

Workout Supplements That Work

The fitness world is loaded with products that claim to offer you significant increases in muscle mass while also aiding in burning fat. Some of these products have their uses while many don’t hold water. Working out is, as the name would imply, hard work! It’s common for people to want to find shortcuts whenever possible but really there’s no better way to improve your health and physique than by working out consistently and maintaining a healthy diet.

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Mikkie Mills is a freelance writer who's passionate about health, fitness, organic cooking and eating, and yoga. When not writing she loves traveling, hiking, and cooking. Find more from Mikkie on Google+.

To Supplement or Not to Supplement: How Important are Vitamins?

Have you ever walked into the supplement aisle of your local supermarket and been baffled by the sheer variety? With all those options to choose from, it can difficult to know where to turn. Here are a few useful guidelines to help you figure out which vitamins you need and which ones you might be able to skip.

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Mikkie Mills is a freelance writer who's passionate about health, fitness, organic cooking and eating, and yoga. When not writing she loves traveling, hiking, and cooking. Find more from Mikkie on Google+.

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05/20/2020
Mainstream medicine has long had a healthy skepticism of dietary supplements, extending to the present day with commentaries like “Enough is enough.” In an essay entitled “... read more
A line of vitamin pills on bright red background
03/10/2020
The regulation of dietary supplements in the United States has been described as “too little, too late.” “Dietary supplements may be adulterated with dangerous compounds, be contaminated,... read more
Shirtless man being hit with cloud of chocolate protein powder
01/25/2019
The fitness world is loaded with products that claim to offer you significant increases in muscle mass while also aiding in burning fat. Some of these products have their uses while many don’t hold... read more
Open hand with vitamin pills and capsules in palm.
06/23/2018
Have you ever walked into the supplement aisle of your local supermarket and been baffled by the sheer variety? With all those options to choose from, it can difficult to know where to turn. Here are... read more
Many types of pills and capsules on a countertop and in several dishes and bowls
05/20/2020
Mainstream medicine has long had a healthy skepticism of dietary supplements, extending to the present day with commentaries like “Enough is enough.” In an essay entitled “... read more
A line of vitamin pills on bright red background
03/10/2020
The regulation of dietary supplements in the United States has been described as “too little, too late.” “Dietary supplements may be adulterated with dangerous compounds, be contaminated,... read more
Shirtless man being hit with cloud of chocolate protein powder
01/25/2019
The fitness world is loaded with products that claim to offer you significant increases in muscle mass while also aiding in burning fat. Some of these products have their uses while many don’t hold... read more
Open hand with vitamin pills and capsules in palm.
06/23/2018
Have you ever walked into the supplement aisle of your local supermarket and been baffled by the sheer variety? With all those options to choose from, it can difficult to know where to turn. Here are... read more