Tagged: Supplements

Why we need more research to determine safety of fish oil supplements in pregnancy - Weighty Matters

Guest Work Jul 22, 2016

By Professor Wayne Cutfield For years, women have been told that taking fish oils in pregnancy could boost their babies’ brain development. In New Zealand, somewhere between 10 and 20 per cent of pregnant women now take fish oil supplements. The problem is, there’s strong and growing evidence that fish oil supplements won’t make your baby smarter. More worryingly, … Read More

Bone of contention: Osteoporosis supplements under scrutiny - News

Erica Mather Dec 11, 2015

Popping pills for ‘better bone health’?  Think again.  There is blind enthusiasm to take calcium and vitamin D for the treatment and prevention of osteoporosis, despite mounting evidence that contradicts their effectiveness.  You are not alone if your last family photograph left you wondering if you are shrinking, particularly if you are over 60. Read More

Osteoporosis supplements: A bone of contention - News

Erica Mather Jul 23, 2015

Calcium and vitamin D continue to be hailed as effective supplements to treat and prevent osteoporosis, despite mounting evidence to the contrary, warn two New Zealand doctors.   They contend that blind enthusiasm for supplementation is being perpetuated by the vested interests of an insidious network of groups including industry, advocacy organisations and academia. Many older adults are … Read More

Prostate cancer and omega 3 - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Jul 12, 2013

The media is in a feeding frenzy with reports of a link between Omega 3 and Prostate Cancer.  Here’s a sample: Link Between Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Increased Prostate Cancer Risk Confirmed (Science Daily) Omega-3 supplements ‘could raise prostate cancer risk’ (Telegraph) Omega-3 supplements linked to prostate cancer (Fox) Omega 3 could increase cancer risk … Continue reading » … Read More

Too much of a good thing? - Food Stuff

Amanda Johnson Oct 18, 2011

The debate about vitamin and mineral supplements was sparked again last week following the publication of two studies suggesting that vitamin and mineral supplements may be associated with increased mortality risk. The Iowa Women’s Health study, just published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, assessed the use of vitamin and mineral supplements in relation to total mortality in … Read More

Vitamin Victims? - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Apr 19, 2010

Here is a good illustration why newspapers desperately need proper science reporters: Major research finds link between multi-vitamin pills and breast cancer Women who regularly take multi-vitamin pills face a much higher risk of breast cancer, a study has found. The Swedish study, which looked at more than 35,000 women aged between 49 and 83 during a 10-year [...] Related … Read More