Are Dietary Supplements Empty Promises?

by Medindia Content Team on  April 10, 2007 at 8:18 PM Drug News   - G J E 4
Are Dietary Supplements Empty Promises?
Americans seem to be flooding their body with dietary supplements, without any proof of its benefits. It is estimated that $5.8 billion is spent by Americans annually on dietary supplements with the fond hope that it would keep diseases at bay and extend life.

Research conducted on Vitamin E seems to dismiss all claims of enhancing cardiovascular health. Ginkgo biloba, another dietary supplement boasts of memory improvement, but research does not support these claims. Pills rich in antioxidants prescribed by Doctors may not be so effective, although natural foods containing antioxidants provide abundant health benefits.

According to Dr. Jeffrey Blumberg, director of the Antioxidants Laboratory at the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts, the manner with which food works is still ambiguous. Therefore, manufacturers of pills may not have adequate knowledge about the right ingredients to be used in pills in order to produce the desired defect.

Dr. Andrew Weil, an alternative medicine guru, said, "There's a compound in broccoli called sulphurophane, which has been of interest as a cancer-fighting agent, and I have seen bottles in health food stores that have a photo of a bunch of broccoli on the label, and the implication is that this is broccoli in a pill. It's not broccoli in a pill. It's sulphurophane in a pill, and that's one element of an incredibly complex plant that has all sorts of different things in it."

In conclusion, there is nothing to beat the benefits of a well balanced diet and exercise.

Source: Medindia

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