The truth about health supplements

Thought Provoking

Sometimes, a well-designed graphic can illustrate a point better than an article. Nice to see information that is backed up by scientific proof on the issue of health supplements.

Snake Oil?

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This image is a “balloon race”. The higher a bubble, the greater the evidence for its effectiveness. But the supplements are only effective for the conditions listed inside the bubble.

You might also see multiple bubbles for certain supps. These is because some supps affect a range of conditions, but the evidence quality varies from condition to condition. For example, there’s strong evidence that Green Tea is good for cholesterol levels. But evidence for its anti-cancer effects is conflicting. In these cases, we give a supp another bubble.

There is a newer version of the graphic here. This includes garlic which I always thought helped with cholesterol.