Vitamins and Supplements News
- Does Vitamin B6 Need a Warning Label?
September 20, 2021 — Vitamin B6, widely promoted and taken as a supplement, should carry a warning label about possible nerve problems, according to the CEO of a large contract research lab in Northern California.
- Little Evidence Vitamins Prevent Cancer, Heart Disease
May 5, 2021 — The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has reaffirmed that there is insufficient evidence for supplements in preventing cancer and heart disease.
- Recall: Gummy Vitamins May Contain Metallic Mesh
April 23, 2021 — Household products maker Church & Dwight is warning anyone who bought certain lots of the following vitafusion vitamins not to eat them:
- Multivitamins' 'Benefits' All in Your Head: Study
November 10, 2020 — A comprehensive medical history -- assessing dozens of physical and mental illnesses -- revealed zero actual health differences between people who did or did not take multivitamins.
- Personalized Vitamin Sites Grow Despite Doubts
November 14, 2019 — Seventy-five percent of U.S. adults used dietary supplements in 2018, up from 65% in 2009, according to a survey commissioned by the Council for Responsible Nutrition.
- Fish Oil Supplements May Do Your Heart Good
October 1, 2019 — Millions of Americans pop a fish oil supplement each day, hoping to bolster their heart health. Now, research suggests they may be on the right track.
- Could Vitamin C Infusions Save Patients With Sepsis?
October 1, 2019 — Sepsis is a leading cause of death in U.S. hospitals, claiming as many as 300,000 lives a year, according to the U.S. National Institute of General Medical Sciences.
- Low Vitamin D Levels, Shorter Life?
September 20, 2019 — When it came to the cause of death, vitamin D levels were most clearly linked to deaths from diabetes complications.
- CVS Begins Testing of All Vitamins, Supplements
May 15, 2019 — The company says 7% of products that were tested failed.
- Is Vitamin D Hype ‘Wishful Thinking’?
April 26, 2019 — Vitamin D has been proclaimed a potential protector against everything from cancer, heart disease, and diabetes to mood disorders like depression and dangerous falls. But recent research has challenged several of those promising roles and revealed how little is really known about the essential nutrient.
- For One Man, Too Much Vitamin D Was Disastrous
April 8, 2019 — The patient far exceeded recommended dosages, which led to extremely high levels of calcium in his blood. It's those high blood calcium levels that triggered his kidney damage.
- Study: Dietary Supplements Do Nothing for Health
April 8, 2019 — More than half the people in the U.S. take supplements regularly, but the study reinforces that supplements don’t help most people. “Supplements are not a substitute for a healthy balanced diet," said Dr. Fang Fang Zhang, the study's senior author.
- FDA to Tighten Oversight of Supplements
February 11, 2019 — The changes would be "one of the most significant modernizations of dietary supplement regulation and oversight in more than 25 years," FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said in an agency news release.
- Fish Oil Supplements: A Fish Tale or a Good Catch?
February 5, 2019 — Are fish oil supplements an easy way to help your heart, joints and brain, or are they 21st century snake oil products? The truth may be somewhere in the middle.
- Fish Oil, Vitamin D No Help for Heart Risk, Cancer
November 10, 2018 — And new study finds no reason to get routine vitamin D tests, researchers say.
- A New Challenger to Medical Marijuana?
October 26, 2018 — Swiss scientists are working on a potential alternative to medical marijuana. They’re focused on the liverwort plant (Radula perrottetii), which contains an anti-inflammatory substance that's related to THC..
- Study: Risky Stimulants Still in Many Supplements
October 22, 2018 — Between 2013 and 2016, the FDA found that supplement brands contained one or more of four unapproved stimulants. Despite public notice warnings from the agency, three-quarters of the supplements still contained at least one prohibited stimulant in 2017. And half contained two or more.
- FDA: Unapproved Ingredients in Many Supplements
October 12, 2018 — Many dietary supplements, especially those promising enhanced sexual pleasure or weight loss, contain unapproved and potentially dangerous ingredients, the FDA says.
- Exercise In, Vitamin D Out for Preventing Falls: U.S. Panel
April 17, 2018 — In a change from its 2012 recommendations, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is recommending against vitamin D supplements for "community-dwelling" (those living at home) adults over 65 for preventing falls.
- Does vitamin D help protect against cancer?
March 8, 2018 — High levels of vitamin D may be linked to a lower risk of developing some cancers, a study has found.
- FDA Warns Biotin Can Distort Lab Tests
November 29, 2017 — The FDA is warning that high doses of the vitamin B7, or biotin, in dietary supplements can interfere with hundreds of common lab tests—including some relied on by ER doctors to diagnose a heart attack.
- Can You Trust the Labels on Your Supplements?
November 2, 2017 — More than half of the herbal and dietary supplements analyzed by researchers contained ingredients that differed from the list on their labels.
- FDA Recalls Liquid Pharmaceutical Products
August 16, 2017 — Concerns over possible bacterial contamination that could cause severe infections in patients prompted the move
- Jobs 'affect vitamin D deficiency risk'
June 22, 2017 — Shift workers, and those who work inside or within the healthcare industry, are employed in jobs most likely to leave them deficient in vitamin D, according to a new study.
- Many Americans May Be Taking Too Much Vitamin D
June 20, 2017 — Study finds more people are exceeding the upper daily limit of what is considered safe
- Magnesium 'could prevent broken bones'
April 13, 2017 — Researchers say offering magnesium supplements to some older people could help prevent broken bones after falls.
- Review: Calcium Supplements Won't Harm the Heart
October 24, 2016 — Other physicians urge caution, however, and say these findings aren't conclusive
- Americans Are Changing Their Supplements of Choice
October 11, 2016 — Vitamin D, fish oil are in, multivitamins less so, study finds
- Critics Call on FDA to Ban Concentrated Caffeine
April 28, 2016 — Critics Call on FDA to Ban Concentrated Caffeine
- Banned Stimulant Found in U.S. Dietary Supplements
April 7, 2016 — FDA has warned makers of 8 products containing oxilofrine, or methylsynephrine
- Can You Trust Your Dietary Supplement?
November 18, 2015 — Seven federal agencies, including the Department of Justice and the FDA, held an extraordinary joint press conference Tuesday to announce the civil and criminal indictments of more than 100 makers and marketers of dietary supplements.
- FDA Warns of Hazards From Imported Supplements
October 15, 2015 — Danger for people who don't speak English well or have limited access to health services, agency says
- Dietary Supplements Send Thousands to ER Each Year
October 14, 2015 — Dietary supplements send an average of 23,000 people to the emergency room each year, a new study estimates.
- Added Calcium May Not Help Older Bones: Studies
September 29, 2015 — Researchers find no evidence that boosting intake will prevent fractures
- Labels on Yohimbe Products Inaccurate
September 25, 2015 — Labels on Yohimbe Products Inaccurate: Study
- Pure Powdered Caffeine a Serious Health Risk: FDA
September 1, 2015 — Pure Powdered Caffeine a Serious Health Risk: FDA
- Low Risk of Problems from Too Much Vitamin D
May 6, 2015 — Concerns about high calcium blood levels led to 10-year study
- FDA Issues Warning About Dietary Supplement
April 14, 2015 — FDA Issues Warning About Dietary Supplement
- Untested Stimulant Still in Dietary Supplements
April 7, 2015 — Researchers are warning consumers to avoid dietary supplements labeled as containing the active ingredient Acacia rigidula.
- GNC to Boost Testing of Herbal Supplements
March 30, 2015 — GNC to Boost Testing of Herbal Supplements
- Retailers Accused of Selling Fake Supplements
February 3, 2015 — Retailers Accused of Selling Fake Supplements
- Low Vitamin D Levels May Raise Early Death Risk
November 19, 2014 — But having gene variants linked to levels of the vitamin didn't affect rate of deaths from heart causes
- Recalled Supplements Linger on U.S. Store Shelves
October 22, 2014 — Researchers say many products with banned substances for sale six months later
- Women's Vitamin D Levels Play Role in IVF Success?
August 14, 2014 — Small study suggests deficiency in the nutrient might impair fertility
- Caffeine Powder: FAQ
July 22, 2014 — The story of an 18-year-old prom king, who according to media reports died from an irregular heartbeat and seizures brought on by a caffeine overdose, has raised questions about caffeine -- particularly the powdered form used by the teen.
- Resveratrol in Red Wine Not Such a Health-Booster?
May 12, 2014 — Substance doesn't seem to protect people from heart disease, cancer, study says
- Daily Fish Oil Supplement May Not Help Your Heart
March 17, 2014 — Get your omega-3s from food, not pills, experts suggest
- FAQ: Vitamins to Prevent Cancer, Heart Disease?
February 24, 2014 — Scratch vitamins and supplements off your list of things to do to help prevent heart disease and cancer, at least for now.
- Vitamin D Supplements: FAQ
January 30, 2014 — For most healthy adults, vitamin D supplements are not worth it, researchers say.