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https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/apr/06/science-behind-dietary-supplements-multivitamins-fish-oil

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The science behind dietary supplements
Doctors say we need them. Advertising encourages us to take them. And - with industry estimates of more than £36bn being spent on them worldwide - we are clearly buying them. Yes, we're talking about supplements - things that most people will agree are good for us.

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Multivitamins

Several scientific reviews have shown daily multivitamins to have a weak effect on preventing heart attacks and improving cognition. Instead of taking one pill that can't possibly fit every person'...

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Fish Oil

Often linked to good heart health, it’s been recently suggested by studies that those with the lowest levels of fish oil (specifically EPA and DHA) have the highest risk of heart disease. Research ...

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Vitamin D

Essential for bone and mineral metabolism, it has been found to affect other systems, including the cardiovascular, muscular, endocrine and nervous. But only for those with genuine deficiency, vit...

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Glucosamine

Joint pain and osteoarthritis are commonly treated with glucosamine, and it helps with pain relief and slowing down arthritis.

Be sure you are using glucosamine sulfate, as glucosamine hydroc...

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Protein Powder

Whey protein has been shown to help aging men increase or preserve muscle mass, which is very important for mobility and overall health. To find out if you should use it, work out whether or not yo...

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