April 13, 1994 |
In a surprising study that casts doubt on the health benefits of antioxidant vitamins, a team of Finnish and American researchers has found that supplements of Vitamin E and beta carotene do not protect smokers against lung cancer--as previous studies have shown--and that beta carotene may in fact raise the risk of cancer among smokers.
March 23, 1986
Concern about a lack of nutrients in supermarket foods grown in poor-quality soil may be leading the consumer to the supplement shelves for vitamins and minerals--a dangerous and unnecessary tack, according to an expert on trace minerals and vitamins. "Supplements don't supply the fiber and carbohydrates that are found in raw vegetables and fruits," said Lucille Hurley, a Ph.D. with the University of California at Davis and with the Dairy Council of California.
September 10, 1999 |
Three Japanese companies have agreed to plead guilty and pay $137 million in fines for taking part in a worldwide conspiracy to control the prices of vitamins, the U.S. Justice Department said. "This conspiracy artificially inflated the cost to virtually every American of such everyday necessities as milk, bread, orange juice and cereal, which were fortified with vitamins produced by these companies," said Joel Klein, assistant attorney general in charge of antitrust activities.
March 19, 1994 |
Michele Adams was strolling through a vitamin company's display booth at a tradeshow in Anaheim last week, searching for products to boost sales at her co-op food market in Corvallis, Ore. Vitamin sales have skyrocketed in the past year at First Alternative Co-Op, which plans to open its second store soon with an expanded vitamin section. "Customers generally want what fights illness," said Adams, a buyer for the market. "And people with heart problems want the antioxidants."
June 23, 2007 |
Starting this summer, the makers of vitamins and dietary supplements will have to do something they've never done before: verify that what they sell is real. On Friday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that starting in late August, manufacturers in the $22-billon-a-year industry must conduct tests to show that their products contain all the ingredients on the label -- nothing more and nothing less. Companies must also keep records of consumer complaints.
November 14, 1987 |
Rekindling an old debate, researchers at the University of Wisconsin have concluded that large doses of Vitamin C may reduce the severity of the common cold. Elliot Dick, a professor of preventive medicine, presented his team's findings this week at an international symposium on medical virology in Anaheim.
November 5, 1988 |
The Food and Drug Administration warned physicians Friday that three patients receiving intravenous feedings have died recently due to a lack of Vitamin B1, and the agency urged doctors to make sure such liquid diets are supplemented with the essential vitamin. A multivitamin preparation usually added to intravenous feedings is in short supply because a Chicago manufacturer, Lyphomed Inc., had to cut production after the FDA ordered a recall in July of some of the company's product.
July 11, 1988 |
At the Energy Pool bar in the heart of Tokyo's business district, office workers worn out by the daily grind are seeking a solution at the bottom of a bottle--a tonic bottle. A fixture at drugstores and kiosks in commuter stations, tonics are the kick that refreshes the hard-working Japanese, famous for toiling long hours and shunning paid holidays. Taking a tonic here is not like popping open a cola for breakfast or sneaking a nip at lunch in the United States.
September 20, 1990 |
A promising approach to preventing cancer with the help of vitamins and other nutrients has produced mixed results in two new studies: They found that two forms of Vitamin A helped prevent certain oral tumors but had no effect on the recurrence of skin cancers. The studies, reported today in The New England Journal of Medicine, are among the first to explore so-called chemo-prevention--the use of nutrients and drugs to try to delay the development of lung, colon, breast and other cancers.
July 2, 1994 |
Edward Handcock is a faithful patron of Mrs. Gooch's natural food emporium in Redondo Beach, a true believer in the restorative powers of fish oil--and a foot soldier in the "vitamin wars" of the 1990s. The 82-year-old Torrance resident is a willing recruit in the army of consumers who have gone to bat for the $4-billion-a-year dietary supplement industry in its battle with the federal government over regulation of everything from beta carotene to shark cartilage.