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May 22, 2006 | Melissa Healy, Times Staff Writer
Her childbearing years are decades behind her, but Barbara Koblin, a 59-year-old L.A. business owner, still takes a prenatal multivitamin. She takes a handful of other supplements too, is careful about her diet and, at the supermarket, buys a few of those products enhanced with added vitamins and minerals. "I just made the decision on my own that more is better," Koblin says. When it comes to some vitamins, however, too much of a good thing can be a bad thing.
June 25, 1991 | Dean Takahashi / Times staff writer
Dean South was making more than $75,000 a year as a senior product marketing manager at the computer division of Toshiba America Information Systems in Irvine when he decided to veer out of the fast lane and take the road to Shangri-La. South, 35, quit his 11-year computer industry career in May to go into business for himself. On Monday, he opened the Shangri-La vitamin and health food store at Jamboree Center in Irvine.
February 22, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
Soft-drink distributor Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. said it would soon begin selling vitamin-enhanced versions of Diet Coke and Dasani water in an effort to win back drinkers who have cut back on sugary sodas. The Atlanta-based company will soon introduce vitamin-fortified Dasani Plus water, H2Odwalla fruit-flavored vitamin waters and Diet Coke Plus, Chief Executive John Brock said.
August 18, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Vitamin E supplements ward off colds in the elderly and may help some seniors avoid upper-respiratory infections that can prove deadly, researchers reported in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. In a study of 617 nursing home patients aged 65 or older, those who swallowed a vitamin E supplement daily had significantly fewer common colds and a 20% overall lower risk of catching a cold, the researchers found.
September 15, 1993 | From Associated Press
Daily doses of beta carotene, Vitamin E and selenium reduced cancer deaths by 13% in a study conducted in rural China by U.S. researchers, who caution that the results may not apply to the United States, where people eat a more well-balanced diet. The five-year study, involving 29,584 people in an area where cancer rates are among the highest in the world, showed that some vitamins and minerals can be of benefit against cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute researchers.
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 | Associated Press
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.
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 | Daniel Costello, Times Staff Writer
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.
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