From daily vitamins to bodybuilding products, it is important to realize that supplements are not regulated the same way as medicines by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). So consider the health benefits — and risks — before taking a dietary supplement. What are dietary supplements? Dietary [...]
Dear Doctor: I’ve been seeing advertisements for glutathione, saying the supplement enhances the body's cells. The ads also say the claims haven’t been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Any comments would be appreciated. Glutathione is an antioxidant produced in [...]
Dear Doctor: I’ve been taking vitamin E for years because it’s an antioxidant and supposed to be good for me, but my doctor told me recently I shouldn't be taking it. Is that correct? Just before I graduated medical school in [...]
Dear Doctors: I've been taking fish oil capsules daily over the last 5 years. Is there any benefit in doing this? Small studies have shown that fish oil may be linked to a slight reduction in the formation of plaque in [...]
Dear Doctor: One of my resolutions for the new year was to become a vegan, and now my girlfriend is saying I'll have to take supplements to get enough vitamin B12. Why can't I get B12 in my diet, and what will happen if I fall short?
Consistently eating a well-balanced diet – with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products and lean meats – can ensure you’re meeting all of your nutritional needs. But many Americans fall short of consuming enough of the foods they need to maintain healthy levels of some important vitamins and [...]
Pharmacists do more than dispense pills. They are an important, but often under-utilized, part of your healthcare team. In honor of National Pharmacist Day on January 12, here are five ways your pharmacist can help support your health and well-being: 1. See the big picture. You may be [...]
When it comes to Vitamin D, doctors seem to be unreasonably certain about its benefits. In a study published online recently in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, UCLA researchers found that physicians conveyed with certainty to their patients [...]