Earlier studies found that quite a lot of people take supplements daily; in America, for instance, more than half of the population pop vitamins and other minerals in tablet form every day. And many feel safer because of this, seeing as current market offerings will not have gained approval from the governing bodies if they do not do us any good. But what happens when trust is betrayed on some level and a supplement report gets retracted?
CBC retracts supplement report
Reports on vitamins and supplements based on incorrect lab results
Some Marketplace reports about vitamins and supplements published in November contained incorrect information, CBC has learned.
Last fall, Marketplace commissioned lab testing for samples of fish oil, vitamin C and protein powder supplements to see if consumers are actually getting what they pay for.
Based on those test results, Marketplace reported that Emergen-C and two protein powders: GNC Lean Shake 25 and Cytosport Muscle Milk failed to live up to label claims. Read More…
While, in the above case, the supplement report gets retracted because of a technical issue, it still does not hurt to be extra careful when we’re choosing which daily doses of health we take. If you are wondering whether you should take them, consider these questions.
Do you need them? Vitamin and mineral supplements are usually only necessary if you cannot take the recommended amount of nutrients found in the regular consumption of certain food products such as fruits and vegetables. If you do, there may not be a need for the extra nutrients. However, if you belong to specific age groups, taking certain nutrients is recommended.
People above 50 should need vitamin B12 in crystalline form (from fortified foods such as fortified cereals), or as a supplement.
Women of childbearing age who may get pregnant and adolescent females should eat foods rich in heme-iron, iron, and vitamin C. Those who are pregnant, on the other hand, should have enough amount of synthetic folic acid every day.
Older people, those with darker skin, and those who do not get enough sunlight should eat foods rich in vitamin D, or get the nutrient from a supplement.
Have you talked to your doctor? Consult your doctor before taking any supplements so you can source scientific information about their proper use, and how best you can benefit from them. If you are interested in a particular brand and you wish to know if any supplement report gets retracted in relation to them, you can also bring your concern up with your medical professional.
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