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Your tea addiction may actually be strengthening your bones

People drink tea for many reasons. Sometimes you need a caffeine boost, an appetite suppressor, or a reminder of being British. A new study offers yet another compelling reason: bone health. Tea consumption correlates to higher bone mineral density (BMD) in women…

Time for DSHEA 2.0?

In the 20 years since the Dietary Supplement Health & Education Act (DSHEA) passed, the law has remained fairly untouched, with new regulatory requirements related to steroid precursors (via the Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act, DASCA), adverse…

Dr. Taylor Wallace: ‘DSHEA needs to be updated to better protect consumers, but premarket approval isn’t the answer’

Dr Wallace outlines his proposals for updating the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994, including adopting GRAS under DHSEA, discontinuing the practice of …

Beyond Calcium: Building Strong Bones

Make no bones about it—osteoporosis is a serious health issue. Roughly one in every two women in the United States over the age of 50 will break a bone because of this disease. When you were a kid, if you snapped your arm falling off your bike, the doctor set it…

Calcium supplements may increase heart attack risk

An analysis of data on nearly 24,000 people followed for over a decade suggests taking calcium supplements may increase the risk of having a heart attack. This is the main finding of a study published online this week in the journal Heart that…

Task force recommends against Vitamin D, calcium supplements

We keep hearing that Vitamin D is great for our health. So what to make of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force’s report Tuesday that most of us shouldn’t take Vitamin D supplements, at least not with an eye toward preventing cancer or bone…

Bone health ingredients for dietary supplements: built to last

Veterans of the rough-and-tumble of the dietary supplements trade know: This business ain’t beanbag. We’re no strangers to scrutiny, and the prying eyes of regulatory watchdogs are par for our professional course. But when controversy erupted…

AREDS2 eye study results: lutein, zeaxanthin, omega-3 did not reduce AMD progression risk but subgroup shows benefits

Lutein and zeaxanthin, and/or omega-3 fatty acids, when added to an existing eye health dietary supplement formula, did not further reduce the risk of progression of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The long-awaited results of the five-year AREDS2…

Daily-value dilemma

By the time you read this, FDA may already have issued a proposed rule to change the meaning of Daily Values (DVs) on dietary supplement and food product labels. The proposed rule would impact the food and dietary supplement industry, and if it plays out…

Elevated calcium intakes double risk of heart disease dealth in women: BMJ study

The research findings suggest that women with high intakes calcium from dietary and supplementary sources are associated with twice the risk of death from heart disease when compared to those women with a lower intake…

Americans urged to rethink dietary supplement use

There’s been an explosion in the number of Americans who take vitamins and other dietary supplements. But do they do any good? And might they actually be doing harm? Two new studies raise serious questions…

Calcium pills double the risk of heart attacks, scientists say

Taking calcium supplements doubles the risk of heart attacks, according to a controversial new study by Swiss scientists.University of Zurich researchers found that people who take the pills are 86 percent more likely to have a heart attack than those who do…

Calcium supplements may raise men’s death risk from heart disease

Men taking calcium supplements may be running a nearly 20 percent increased risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, a new study suggests. Both men and women take calcium supplements to prevent bone loss. In this study…

Expert panel says vitamin D, calcium supplements may not help against fractures

Vitamin D and calcium supplements have been touted to help make bones stronger. But after reviewing the evidence, the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) is saying that adding them to daily diets does not give added protection against fractures…

Choline intakes and recommendations in the U.S. may be suboptimal

Have you ever considered how much choline is in your diet?  The fact is that most consumers and even health professionals are “in the dark” when it comes to knowledge on this vital nutrient.  Choline has several important functions in the body; it is essential for proper…

Nutritional supplements: When are they appropriate for young athletes

First, it’s important to get a lay of the land. According to Council for Responsible Nutrition guidelines, which were reviewed by the National Institute of Health’s Office of Dietary Supplements, sports supplements fall into three general categories when it comes to…

Build strong bones early to evade osteoporosis, low bone mass later

Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by weakened and fragile bone tissue, leading to an increased chance of fracture, and is a far more prevalent and devastating disease than most people realize. The National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) recently…