- How many of these do you really need?
Lots of folks take supplements to help keep them healthy, but in many cases, pills and potions aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. This new series is your inside guide for some of the most popular vitamins.
Why Supplements Can Be Dangerous
It may seem hard to believe but the supplement industry isn’t regulated by the FDA or any other government agency. It’s only after multiple reports of adverse effects of a product that the government can step in to investigate and attempt to take that product off the market. This means that many supplement companies can (and do) cut corners, skimp on research, and sell products that are of lesser quality. In some cases this can just mean a waste of money, in others it can be dangerous to your health.
There is some good news: many of the most basic vitamin supplements (such as the ones below) tend to be safe when taken properly. Better yet, there are a few third-party companies that do independent testing and have their seal of approval on product brands that meet standards for quality, safety and efficacy. One such company is the United States Pharmacopeia (USP). Consumers can go online to check recommended brands and look for the USP seal on approved products.
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- You'll get some of the riboflavin you need from the spinach, egg and milk in these mini quiches.
It’s found in everything from dairy products to vegetables, but are you making smart choices to get enough of this energy-boosting B-vitamin? Find out why it’s important and the best ways to get your daily dose.
What’s riboflavin, and how do I get what I need? »
- Aarti Sequiera's Massaged Kale Salad
This antioxidant powerhouse helps to protect your vision. Are you getting enough in your diet?
Find out why you need it and where to find it »
- Grilled Pork Chops With Gremolata
This water-soluble nutrient can be found in a variety of foods, including some popular picnic fare. Here’s what you need to know about thiamin, plus how to get your daily dose — just in time for grilling season.
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- Get most of your daily dose of niacin from the chicken and peanut butter in this Chicken Satay.
Though plentiful in lots of foods, many folks turn to this B-vitamin in supplement form. Find out why that might not be such a good idea.
All about niacin »
- Ina Garten's Lemon Pasta
There are countless supplements that promise to cure the sniffles, but they can be waste of money, or downright dangerous. You can’t go wrong with the real thing: fresh foods. Here are 5 cozy recipes packed with nutrients to help your winter woes.
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Most folks know that Americans are eating too much salt. But did you know that food companies around the globe are launching initiatives to reduce the amount of salt put in their products? The good news: our food can use a salt reduction. The bad news: It’s not just as simple as using less salt. Get the facts and weigh in.
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If you’re a coffee drinker, you may be getting plenty of this potent antioxidant – find out why it’s good for you.
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Your muscles just wouldn’t be the same without this mineral. Most folks know there’s potassium in bananas, but you might be surprised where else you can find this powerful electrolyte.
Find out which foods are potassium-packed »
Sure, you can up your calcium intake by drinking more milk – an 8-ounce glass has 30 percent of your daily needs. But there are plenty of other ways to get more calcium, including some dairy-free options.
See all 10 ways to add calcium to your diet »