December 17, 2013 |
Looking for ways to save money in 2014? Here's some advice from doctors: Stop buying vitamins. Time after time, studies have shown that vitamin and mineral supplements don't prevent disease or death. And yet consumers keep buying them, lament the authors of an editorial published in Tuesday's edition of the Annals of Internal Medicine. A 2011 report from the National Center for Health Statistics estimated that 53% of American adults used some type of supplement in the years 2003 to 2006, with multivitamin/multimineral formulations being the most popular.
July 22, 2013 |
Don't expect to get a vitamin boost from 7-Up drinks any more. The maker of the beverage, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, agreed to stop adding vitamin E to some of its drinks and halt claims that the product has antioxidants as part of a settlement with a health advocacy group. The company had been infusing small amounts of vitamin E into some varieties of 7-Up -- regular and diet Cherry Antioxidant, Mixed Berry Antioxidant and Pomegranate Antioxidant -- when the firm was sued in November in U.S. District Court in California on behalf of a Sherman Oaks man. The Center for Science in the Public Interest also took issue with the images of berries and pomegranates on the soda's labels, saying it gave the impression that the antioxidants came from fruit instead of the added vitamin E. “Soda is not a health food, and should not be marketed as a healthy source of antioxidants or other nutrients,” Steve Gardner, litigation director at CSPI, said in a statement. “It's to the credit of Dr Pepper Snapple Group that it carefully considered these concerns, and worked collaboratively to resolve the dispute without further litigation. The end result is a big plus for consumers.” Texas-based Dr Pepper Snapple Group did not immediately return calls seeking comment.
October 11, 2011 |
Taking vitamin E and selenium supplements not only failed to prevent prostate cancer in men, a new study finds that daily vitamin E pills appear to raise the risk of the disease. The study, published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. , is yet another reminder that the effect of dietary supplements on health isn't always rewarding or even innocuous. The SELECT study (which stands for Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial) began in 2001 and recruited more than 35,000 men age 50 and older at 400 study sites nationwide.
July 11, 2005 |
A decade ago, vitamin E earned a reputation as a potent heart disease- and cancer-preventing antioxidant. Studies showed a lower risk of heart disease in people who took vitamin E supplements or got lots of the vitamin from their diets, and animal and lab research suggested that the vitamin prevented fat from building up in blood vessels. The essential, fat-soluble vitamin is crucial for healthy eyes and skin and a robust immune system.
July 6, 2005 |
Vitamin E supplements, taken by millions of Americans as a potential cure-all, do not prevent heart disease and stroke in most women, but may provide some protection among those over age 65, according to a major new study involving nearly 40,000 women. Vitamin E capsules are widely recommended by cardiologists for heart disease prevention because such antioxidants are thought to prevent the buildup of plaque in arteries.
March 21, 2005 |
Large doses of vitamin E -- widely touted as an elixir of youth -- do not protect against heart attacks and cancer and might actually raise the risk of heart failure in people with diabetes or clogged arteries, researchers have found. The study, published in the March 16 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Assn., is just the latest to cast doubt on the safety and effectiveness of vitamin E supplements and other antioxidants.