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https://www.vox.com/2018/4/9/17199164/beauty-vitamin-collagen-turmeric-biotin

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Vitamins for your hair, nails, and skin are everywhere on Instagram
Tati Westbrook, a.k.a. @glamlifeguru, has 1.2 million Instagram followers and 3.9 million YouTube subscribers. Her rabid fan base tunes in for her beauty product reviews, hauls, and tutorials. For weeks she'd been teasing the launch of her own product line, which most of her fans assumed would be skin care or makeup.

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An old concept

Beauty supplements aren’t a new concept. We've been able to buy hair and nail formulas for decades at the drugstore.

The supplements, from vitamin ingredients like biotin, zinc, folic ac...

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The beauty supplement market

Although beauty supplements were a small part of the beauty industry previously, they are now becoming increasingly popular. The global beauty supplement market is growing rapidly and is expected t...

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Marketing supplements

The concept may not be new, but the techniques used to market supplements are.

In 2013, companies realized they could make use of social media to promote their supplements as youthful and ...

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Using beauty personalities

Supplement brands are making their products look very pleasing on social media. Then they use influencers to spread the message further.

The ultimate sign that brands have found mainstream ac...

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The science of beauty supplements

The claims these supplements make are still doubtful. Many products have little or no data to support their claims substantively.

  • Biotin will not aid in hair growth unless you're defici...

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Safety and efficacy 

The safety, efficacy, and contents of supplements cannot be trusted.

  • An independent lab that analyzed beauty supplements found small quantities of lead in it. Lead is a heavy metal t...

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FDA regulations 

The FDA does not regulate supplements. They are barely subjected to government scrutiny due to a law passed in the 1990s. The claims that include vague wor...

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SIMILAR ARTICLES & IDEAS:

Individual Supplement Studies

Looking at individual studies won't determine if vitamin supplementation is good for you. They're scientifically dense and the conflicts of interest can be very hard to spot.

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Research Reviews’ Results

  • If you are healthy, and have a modern balanced diet, taking multi-vitamins and high-dose antioxidants may shorten your life.
  • There’s no evidence to support antioxidant supplements for primary or secondary prevention of diseases.
  • Beta-carotene and vitamin E seem to increase mortality, and so may higher doses of vitamin A.
  • Antioxidant supplements need to be considered as medicinal products and should undergo sufficient evaluation before marketing.
  • The functions of minerals and vitamins are understood largely by their deficiency diseases so there’s no certainty what they all do or how they interact.
  • Antioxidants soak up toxic, chemically-reactive by-products of metabolism called free radicals. These free radicals, left unchecked, can cause damage to DNA and may be linked to cancer.
  • Your body's immune system fights infections by using free radicals to kill bugs. Several of the minerals and vitamins in excess can cause damage.

Supplement Usage Recommendations

  • Folic acid for the women thinking of having a baby and pregnant women up to week 12 of the pregnancy.
  • Vitamin D for all pregnant and breastfeeding women, those aged six months to five years or over 65 and for people who are not exposed to much sun.
  • Vitamins A, C and D supplementation are recommended for all children aged six months to four years, especially those not eating a varied diet.
  • If they are prescribed to you for a medical condition.

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Collagen 

It's a set of proteins that form the primary structural component of connective tissues like skin and cartilage. Of the 28 different types of collagen, 90% is of 'Type 1', found in the skin...

Collagen and Medical Treatment

  • Scientists have been experimenting with administering of Collagen to treat arthritis, or joint pain, with mixed results. Supplementing the body with oral collagen doesn't work to reverse arthritis, but surgically inserting collagen into the joints shows promise.
  • Collagen is successfully used to treat wounds, promote healing and prevent infection for more than 2000 years.
  • Collagen supplements that claim to improve skin, heart and bone health, while boosting muscle mass, should be treated with skepticism until further research and studies are conducted on their benefits.

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