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FDA to review safety of caffeine product updated: Wed Feb 22 2012 10:01:00

Food and Drug Administration officials plan to investigate whether a form of caffeine sold in lipstick-shaped containers is safe for consumers.

How to get your favorite fruits in the winterupdated: Fri Dec 23 2011 07:33:00

You've been told a trillion times not to buy produce out of season. But that doesn't mean you have to skip the fruits you love this time of year. It's just a matter of knowing which version is the healthiest and tastiest.

Can omega-3 fatty acids help prevent depression?updated: Tue Nov 01 2011 07:14:00

I just read something on the Internet that omega-3 fatty acids can help prevent depression. Is there any truth to this?

Study: taking some supplements could be bad for youupdated: Tue Oct 11 2011 13:46:00

One study finds that older women taking some supplements were at increased risk of dying earlier. Elizabeth Cohen reports.

Study: Some supplements may pose risks for older womenupdated: Tue Oct 11 2011 13:46:00

Older women have a slightly increased risk of dying at an earlier age if they take multivitamins or certain other dietary supplements, according to a new study published today in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Healthy diet may reduce risk of birth defectsupdated: Mon Oct 03 2011 17:02:00

Women run a lower risk of having babies with certain birth defects if they eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains during their childbearing years, a new study suggests.

Money Magazine: Stop paying so much for vitaminsupdated: Fri Sep 09 2011 17:27:00

Few health products have more price variation than supplements. Scan the drugstore aisle and you'll see some multivitamins priced at $1 for a month's supply -- and some at $73.

How good is coconut oil for you?updated: Fri Aug 19 2011 08:35:00

How good is coconut oil for you? Nowadays in gym and in vitamin shops, they mention to have some coconut oil in our diet. Is it supposed to be good for you? If yes, in what ways, and what are some good tips to use it in our diet?

How much vitamin D do I need?updated: Fri Jul 22 2011 08:26:00

I have some 2,000 IU vitamin D capsules that I am about to take. I'm a 60-year-old male, in pretty good health and not overweight or underweight. I'm also active. I've read that 2,000 is the upper limit for daily dosage, and I don't think I need to take that much anyway. The capsules I have cannot be split, so could I use them every other day and be OK? Thank you very much, and have a great week. I appreciate your site and the info.

Eating baked, broiled fish protects the heartupdated: Tue May 24 2011 19:14:00

For years, doctors have been telling their patients to eat more fish in order to boost heart health.

Half of Americans use supplementsupdated: Thu Apr 21 2011 14:27:00

As more than half of U.S. adults are popping vitamins and supplements, the question remains -- has it made Americans healthier?

Can you explain Vitamin Water to me?updated: Fri Apr 01 2011 10:01:00

I was wondering what the professional opinion on Vitamin Water is. How can it be zero calorie when it has over 5g of carbohydrate per serving? Also, should I be concerned about vitamin toxicity? I know most of them are water soluble, but could I accidentally be consuming a dangerous amount of things like vitamin C?

Do vitamins help against type 2 diabetes?updated: Wed Jan 12 2011 19:04:00

Are vitamin D, calcium and magnesium effective in preventing type 2 diabetes? If so, how much should one take?

Is your diet good for your skin?updated: Tue Jan 04 2011 08:09:00

Sure, your diet keeps your body slim and healthy, but its impact doesn't stop there.

Could I be getting too much iron?updated: Mon Dec 13 2010 08:57:00

I began taking an iron supplement because I thought I might have a case of running-induced anemia. It seemed to help, but now I wonder if I should continue taking the supplement or let it go. Am I getting too much iron?

How do I give an autistic child vitamins?updated: Mon Dec 13 2010 08:54:00

How can I give an autistic child vitamins if they do not want to swallow whole vitamins and are age 8?

How much vitamin D, calcium you needupdated: Tue Nov 30 2010 12:18:00

Elizabeth Cohen explains recent studies detailing how much vitamin D and calcium you need for the right balance.

How much vitamin D, calcium is right?updated: Tue Nov 30 2010 12:18:00

Vitamin D and calcium have long been touted as the best nutrients for strong bones, muscles and teeth. Recent studies have shown that vitamin D could be used to fight cancer, heart ailments, autoimmune diseases, even diabetes.

Study: Vitamin B12 may help ward off Alzheimer'supdated: Mon Oct 18 2010 19:33:00

People who consume lots of foods rich in vitamin B12 -- such as fish and fortified cereals -- may be at lower risk of developing Alzheimer's disease than people who take in less of the vitamin, a small study conducted in Finland suggests.

Folic acid pills don't protect heartupdated: Mon Oct 11 2010 16:25:00

Folic acid supplements have long been thought to have potential heart benefits, but a large new study suggests that they don't lower the risk of heart attacks or strokes.

Can herbal supplements treat anxiety?updated: Thu Oct 07 2010 08:20:00

Herbal supplements containing kava or passionflower appear to be a safe and effective treatment for the symptoms of anxiety, a new review of existing research suggests.

How much vitamin D should someone over 55 take?updated: Fri Sep 24 2010 14:28:00

How much vitamin D is recommended for those over 55?

The superfoods you need nowupdated: Fri Sep 24 2010 08:32:00

When it comes to getting healthy -- and staying that way -- there's no better place to start than your plate. All of the foods here are great for you at any age, but eat the right ones at the right times, and you'll have a natural defense against any problems facing your body through the years.

Daily vitamin B could slow Alzheimer's onset, study findsupdated: Fri Sep 10 2010 10:01:00

Daily doses of vitamin B can halve the rate of brain shrinkage in elderly people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), which can be a precursor to Alzheimer's, researchers at Oxford University said Thursday.

10 foods to help boost your brain powerupdated: Wed Sep 08 2010 08:55:00

Just like the right diet can prevent heart disease, high blood pressure, or cancer, health experts are finding that certain foods may boost your mind.

Study: Men have earlier memory lossupdated: Wed Sep 08 2010 08:55:00

HLN's Susan Hendricks reports on a new study that finds men have earlier memory loss than women.

Is black rice the new brown?updated: Thu Aug 26 2010 11:51:00

According to ancient Chinese legend, black rice was so rare, tasty, and nutritious that only the emperors were allowed to eat it.

Will eating meat help recovery after long runs?updated: Fri Aug 20 2010 08:24:00

I have been a vegetarian and long-distance runner for about nine years. I am now wondering if re-introducing meat into my diet will help with recovery after long runs/races and improve my endurance and speed.

Calcium supplements may boost heart attack riskupdated: Fri Jul 30 2010 09:45:00

The millions of people who take calcium supplements to strengthen aging bones and ward off osteoporosis may be putting themselves at increased risk of a heart attack, a new study has found.

Calcium pills linked to heart riskupdated: Fri Jul 30 2010 09:45:00

CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports on a study suggesting calcium supplements can increase heart attack risks.

10 nutrition powerhouses for kidsupdated: Sat Jul 10 2010 08:28:00

Get your kids addicted to these colorful, tasty, nutrient-packed superfoods, like blueberries, cocoa, cinnamon and more.

Fish oil linked to lower breast cancer riskupdated: Thu Jul 08 2010 01:08:00

Millions of Americans already take fish oil to keep their hearts healthy and to treat ailments ranging from arthritis to depression. Now, a new study suggests that the supplements may also help women lower their risk of breast cancer.

Are vitamins and supplements effectively absorbed?updated: Fri Jul 02 2010 08:26:00

I've heard a lot about vitamins and supplements passing through the body unabsorbed, especially when in pill form. I've also heard that this can be a more common problem with low-cost and generic versions, even though the ingredient list is identical. My solution lately has been to crush the pill to powder and down it with some milk. Does this solve the problem or is there something inherent in cheaper supplements that inhibits absorption?

Supplements for depression: What works, what doesn'tupdated: Fri Jun 11 2010 10:46:00

The multibillion-dollar market for dietary supplements is filled with products that claim to boost mood or improve depression. Some products are even billed as an alternative to prescription antidepressants.

Should middle-age guys who rarely drink milk take calcium?updated: Fri May 21 2010 08:38:00

Should middle-age guys who rarely drink milk take a calcium supplement?

Vitamin E may protect lungsupdated: Sun May 16 2010 09:10:00

People who take vitamin E supplements regularly for years -- whether they are smokers or nonsmokers -- may lower their risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, the lung condition that is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States.

Study: Pregnant women should get more vitamin Dupdated: Sat May 01 2010 11:26:00

Pregnant women could -- and probably should -- consume 10 times more vitamin D than experts currently recommend, according to a new study.

Despite widespread claims, little proof for brain supplementsupdated: Mon Apr 26 2010 08:20:00

In the fight against memory loss, nothing is certain, doctors say.

Studies clash on vitamin benefitsupdated: Mon Apr 19 2010 10:43:00

To take the multivitamin or to not take the multivitamin: That is the question researchers are still trying to answer.

Healthy food for your eyesupdated: Sat Apr 17 2010 09:05:00

We've all heard that carrots play a huge role in overall eye health but what else can you eat to improve the health of your eyes and reduce the risk of disease?

Even on formula, babies not getting enough vitamin Dupdated: Mon Mar 22 2010 18:45:00

The vast majority of infants in the U.S. are not getting the vitamin D that they need, even if they are fed vitamin-enriched formula, a new study has found.

What you need to know about multivitaminsupdated: Fri Jan 01 2010 09:38:00

In this day and age of food-on-the-go, supplements can add much-needed nutrients to your diet. But a walk down the vitamin aisle at any store could very well make your head spin. Here's a breakdown of several of multivitamin options.

Heart patients lacking vitamin D more likely to be depressedupdated: Tue Dec 29 2009 19:52:00

People with heart disease and similar conditions who don't have enough vitamin D are more likely to be depressed than their counterparts with adequate levels of the "sunshine vitamin," according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Heart Association in Orlando. This link seems to be even stronger in the winter.

How can I keep from going bald?updated: Mon Dec 14 2009 09:27:00

I'm 28 and noticed my hair has started thinning out. My father is completely bald, and nobody on my mother's side is. For the first time this week, I can see my scalp through my hair. If I could simply keep the hair I have, I would be happy. What alternatives to drugs can you give me? I've done enough research to know that baldness is caused by DHT and have seen a lot of "DHT Blockers" on the Internet. Are there any vitamins I can take, shampoos I can use or foods to cut out of my diet that will help? I would prefer to use something that I didn't have to use every day simply from a cost standpoint. Thanks!

What's a good vitamin to take after radiation treatment?updated: Fri Dec 04 2009 09:38:00

I have breast cancer and have been through surgery (lumpectomy). Most recently, I have had radiation. Now that it's over, I am wondering if I should take a vitamin, and if so, what would be a good vitamin for me?

Herbal remedies need real scrutinyupdated: Mon Nov 23 2009 12:46:00

Did you know that there exists an all-natural remedy for memory loss? Weight gain? Macular degeneration? Prostate enlargement? These products are so successful that clinical testing has already begun! Just listen to the following testimonial from an unidentified person ...

30 ways to outsmart the fluupdated: Mon Nov 02 2009 15:27:00

In the new "super flu" era, who among us hasn't thought of bundling up our kiddos in hats, gloves, and surgical masks this winter? Better yet, how about plastic bubbles? (Remember that true story?)

One week to a slimmer you: Focus on the little thingsupdated: Mon Nov 02 2009 08:18:00

When it comes to losing weight, the little things add up -- trying just one new thing every day can quickly make a big difference. With that in mind, we've taken science's best weight-loss strategies and created a week's worth of slimming to-do's.

Quick health fixupdated: Sat Oct 24 2009 09:23:00

The Japanese IV cafe where visitors get their vitamins intravenously, no appointment necessary.

Vitamin cafes: Japan's latest health injectionupdated: Sat Oct 24 2009 09:23:00

In trendy neighborhoods of Tokyo customers are lining up for vitamin injections that promise to improve health and beauty.

U.S. kids: Low vitamin Dupdated: Tue Aug 04 2009 11:13:00

CNN's senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen reports on the rising vitamin D deficiency in American Children.

Vitamin D deficiency common in U.S. childrenupdated: Tue Aug 04 2009 11:13:00

A whopping 70 percent of American kids aren't getting enough vitamin D, and such youngsters tend to have higher blood pressure and lower levels of good cholesterol than their peers, according to two new studies published this week in the journal Pediatrics. Low vitamin D levels also may increase a child's risk of developing heart disease later in life, experts say.

Could low iron, protein contribute to soreness after exercise?updated: Fri Jul 10 2009 09:31:00

I seem to get very sore after every workout. My fiancé says I'm working out too hard, but I was wondering if there were other reasons. I've been a vegetarian for 13 years and am usually low on protein and iron (and probably a few other things, too). Could low levels of protein and/or iron contribute to why I get so sore after working out?

Antioxidants may interfere with breast cancer treatmentupdated: Wed Jun 10 2009 09:20:00

Think that vitamins can only help--but never hurt--a condition? Although that's true in many cases, some vitamins can be harmful to certain people or under special circumstances.

FDA wants supplement pulledupdated: Fri May 01 2009 18:06:00

The FDA has recommended that dietary supplement Hydroxycut be recalled. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports.

Polo needs drug testing for horses, Humane Society saysupdated: Fri Apr 24 2009 13:19:00

The sport of polo needs new oversight to protect its prized horses, the nation's largest animal protection organization said after reports that a pharmacy's mistake with medication may have killed 21 animals.

Pharmacy error killed 21 horsesupdated: Fri Apr 24 2009 13:19:00

A pharmacy acknowledges it incorrectly prepared medication used to treat the 21 polo horses that died. WESH reports.

What you eat can improve your health, mind, and appearanceupdated: Wed Apr 08 2009 09:22:00

For many, springtime means revamping exercise regimens, improving appearance, reading more books, taking on a new hobby, and improving dietary habits.

Empowered Patientupdated: Fri Mar 20 2009 10:54:00

CNN medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen offers some advice on how to choose the right vitamins.

Experts weigh in on which vitamins to toss back or toss outupdated: Fri Mar 20 2009 10:54:00

Americans love to take their vitamins. More than 150 million Americans take dietary supplements according to the Council for Responsible Nutrition, a supplement industry trade group.

How to buy the best fishupdated: Mon Mar 16 2009 09:36:00

It's easy to feel overwhelmed at the fish counter. Which is tastiest? Which is healthiest? Which is the most sustainable choice?

Should I take beta carotene as a supplement?updated: Fri Mar 13 2009 10:21:00

Is it prudent to take beta carotene as a supplement?

New hope for preventing age-related macular degenerationupdated: Wed Feb 25 2009 11:11:00

Researchers may be getting closer to an effective way of preventing age-related macular degeneration, one of the leading causes of vision loss among older Americans.

Study: Multivitamins don't lower older women's cancer riskupdated: Tue Feb 10 2009 13:37:00

Judy LaCour has been taking a multivitamin supplement for the past 30 years: "As often as I can remember, which isn't always, but on and off since I was in my 40s." She buys them in bulk from her local wholesale warehouse.

Study: Kids who need vitamins not getting themupdated: Tue Feb 03 2009 13:38:00

New research reveals a seeming contradiction when it comes to kids who do and don't need vitamins to supplement their diets.

Vitamins E, C, selenium don't reduce prostate cancer riskupdated: Fri Jan 02 2009 14:37:00

Previous studies suggested that taking certain vitamins might lower the risk of getting prostate cancer. However, two new studies published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that men taking these supplements were just as likely to develop prostate cancer as those who weren't taking them.

Supplements: Toss 'em or pop 'em?updated: Mon Dec 22 2008 12:45:00

Americans spend billions of dollars a year on supplements in hopes of making up for the lack of nutrients in our diets, staying healthy, looking young and extending our lifespan. But do they actually work? The National Institutes of Health doesn't specifically recommend any daily supplements because there is no research or studies that show unequivocally that a specific supplement works. However, there have been studies that prove certain supplements do not work, such as ginko (to help memory) and echinacea (to ward off a cold). There are a few dietary supplements that show some benefits: calcium supplements and vitamin D (to reduce the risk of osteoporosis), omega 3 supplements (to reduce the risk of heart disease) and folic acid supplements (to prevent major birth defects).

Vitamin D: Hyped or true wonder?updated: Mon Dec 22 2008 12:37:00

Vitamins are important for good health. Now, doctors are touting the benefits of vitamin D. Is this the new fabulous vitamin of the 21st century or just another supplement?

Do kids need vitamin supplements?updated: Mon Dec 22 2008 12:29:00

Most U.S. adults and more than 30 percent of American children take some form of dietary supplement, most often multivitamins and multiminerals, according to a report in the October 2007 issue of Archives of Pediatrics. Experts emphasize diet as the best source of nutrients for children, but physicians may recommend supplements for certain children at risk of deficiency.

Empowered Patientupdated: Thu Oct 30 2008 12:20:00

Elizabeth Cohen looks at a study that found doctors often prescribe a placebo instead of medication.

Is your doctor prescribing a placebo?updated: Thu Oct 30 2008 12:20:00

When Dr. Danielle Ofri first read the headlines, she was horrified: Doctors were prescribing placebos to their patients instead of real medicine. How awful, she thought. How deceptive. Kids Aren't Getting Enough Vitamin Dupdated: Mon Oct 13 2008 19:00:00

Pediatricians say babies, children and teens need to double their intake of vitamin D

Vitamin D is hot! Here's how to get itupdated: Tue May 27 2008 11:23:00

Vitamin D is becoming an increasingly important player in a healthful diet. Over the past 10 years, a spate of research has linked it to an impressive and diverse array of potential benefits. In addition to vitamin D's well-known function of increasing calcium absorption and thereby helping encourage healthy bone growth, it has shown promise in helping to prevent certain cancers, heart disease, diabetes, and osteoarthritis. The Calcium Connection

Vitamin C can keep you healthy, looking youngerupdated: Wed Feb 27 2008 09:11:00

Remember when vitamin C was hailed as the best, and maybe only, cold remedy? Then it became the Rodney Dangerfield of vitamins: It didn't get any respect.

What dietary supplements can and can't doupdated: Mon Jan 14 2008 18:11:00

You are what you eat -- and what you don't eat. And so if you are like many of us, not quite hitting the entire food pyramid, you might be trying to outwit your body by giving it nutritional supplements to make up for the sins of food-group omissions.

Does your pet need a dietary supplement?updated: Tue Dec 11 2007 11:52:00

If you take a multivitamin every morning and perhaps a supplement or two because you care about your health, does it make sense to do the same with your dog or cat? Stephanie Pendleton of Emerald Isle, North Carolina, would say yes.

Follow this eat-right plan to fortify your immune systemupdated: Wed Nov 14 2007 10:12:00

When cold and flu season comes around, many people head to their medicine cabinets in search of relief. But a trip to the kitchen may be the smarter move.

The new do's and don'ts of cold and flu seasonupdated: Fri Nov 02 2007 11:08:00

With cold and flu season comes time-honored traditions for relief and prevention: Feed a fever, starve a cold. Wear warm clothes. Eat chicken soup.

Going Vegetarianupdated: Mon Oct 01 2007 18:57:00

A balanced diet is important to people who eat meatless meals as Judy Fortin reports in this Health Minute.

Protein a key concern for vegetariansupdated: Mon Oct 01 2007 18:57:00

It's lunchtime at Café Sunflower in Atlanta, Georgia. The kitchen is humming as the chef prepares the most popular item on the menu: sesame chicken. That's not what you'd expect at a vegetarian restaurant. But the so-called chicken is actually a seasoned soy product made to taste like the real thing. "It's a treat for vegetarians who miss meat," says restaurant owner Edward Sun.

The best multivitamin for you -- and 11 to steer clear ofupdated: Thu Sep 13 2007 18:58:00

You've been told for years that popping a multivitamin every day might help you live longer. But the daily multi habit has been getting a bit of bad press lately.

Omega-3 fatty acids key to cell healthupdated: Mon Jul 09 2007 03:01:00

The name sounds like something out of a science fiction novel, but omega-3 fatty acids are a necessary part of our diet. "Every cell in the body requires omega-3 to function normally," says Dr. Andrew Stoll, author of "The Omega-3 Connection." "They are a class of fats, good fats that are actually as essential as vitamins to our health."

Health Minute: Fatty acidsupdated: Mon Jul 09 2007 03:01:00

Health Minute: Fatty acids

Vitamins a good insurance policyupdated: Mon Jun 25 2007 09:58:00

It's estimated that half of all American adults take a daily vitamin supplement. Yet, in spite of the popularity of the pills, many wonder whether they're good for our health.

Money Magazine: From Acupuncture to Vitamins: A guide to alternative therapiesupdated: Tue May 15 2007 16:04:00

With so many alternatives to conventional medicine, how do you know what works and what's just old-fashioned snake oil? Money Magazine takes a close look.

No scientific evidence diet supplements slow agingupdated: Mon Apr 09 2007 10:11:00

Every morning, Dr. Frank Pinto pops not one or two vitamins, not just a handful, but more than two dozen dietary supplements, washing each one down with a sip of water.

No scientific evidence diet supplements workupdated: Fri Apr 06 2007 11:18:00

Every morning, Dr. Frank Pinto pops not one or two vitamins, not just a handful, but more than two dozen dietary supplements, washing each one down with a sip of water.

This week in the medical journalsupdated: Thu Apr 27 2006 13:40:00

Forget earlier reports on pregnancy concerns, two studies published this week in major medical journals said.

Dr. Andrew Weil's top tips for healthupdated: Fri Feb 17 2006 09:24:00

Dr. Andrew Weil estimates he received only 30 minutes of nutritional training when he was in medical school. Since then, for decades, he's studied alternative or complementary medicine around the world.

EU ban angers health food makersupdated: Wed Jul 13 2005 10:05:00

The British Health Food Manufacturers' Association (HFMA), a body representing 140 firms worldwide, has expressed anger at the European Union's decision to ban high-dose health supplements.

CNNMoney: Bumble Bee now in softgelsupdated: Tue May 10 2005 08:33:00

Now Bumble Bee is offering you the benefits of tuna fish in a tiny pill you can take with coffee.

Fortune: Pass the Vitameatavegaminupdated: Mon Jul 10 2000 00:01:00

It's 7 A.M., breakfast time. I'll start with Vitamin E and folic acid for my heart, add ginkgo biloba so that I don't forget which pills to take later, and wash them down with St. John's wort so th...


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