Not enough health benefits in vitamin supplements, study says
Aileen Cerrudo • April 10, 2019 • 3402
A new studyshows that taking regular vitamins and dietary supplements are not enough to keep you healthy.
Consumed nutrients from vitamins and supplements may not be as effective in improving one’s health compared with eating the right food for the needed nutrients, according to the study. Meanwhile, getting the right nutrients by eating the right amount of food is associated with longer life.
The study also showed that some supplements pose a risk to one’s health. This includes calcium from supplements. Too much intake of calcium from supplements is associated with an increased risk of cancer death.
People with no Vitamin D deficiency but are taking too much Vitamin D supplements also risk having negative effects on their health.
According to the study’s co-author Fang Fang Zhang, it is better to not rely on supplements in order to keep a healthy lifestyle.
“For the general population, there’s no need to take dietary supplements. More and more evidence suggests no benefits. So we should go with what the dietary recommendations suggest to achieve adequate nutrition from food, rather than relying on supplements,” he said.
For the study, around 30,899 adults in the United States aged 20 years or older were evaluated based on their dietary supplement use.—Aileen Cerrudo
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The FDA has warned establishments against selling these products.
“All concerned establishments are warned not to distribute violative food products until they have been issued the appropriate authorization, a License to Operate (LTO) for the establishment, and a CPR for the food products,” according to the FDA.
They also advised the public to always check if a food product or food supplement is registered with the FDA through their website (www.fda.gov.ph).—AAC
London-based Filipino radiographer has created an open magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner replica out of Lego blocks for patients experiencing ‘scanxiety’.
Apollo Exconde, who works as a radiographer at Croydon University Hospital, said that ‘scanxiety’ is a kind of anxiety experienced when undergoing a medical scanner.
“I came up with the idea because most of our patients here are claustrophobic and plus-size of all ages. They don’t only come from kids but some of our patients are elderly who are suffering from claustrophobia,” he said.
The MRI Lego replica is designed with a wide unobstructed view to better explain patients the MRI process. Patients will also be able to see what they will look like when they undergo an MRI scan.
Apollo hopes this replica can provide assurance to patients who are having “scanxiety”.
“A solution to help my patients conquer it one Lego brick at a time,” he said.
The said replica has gone viral on social media. It has also been featured in different radiology websites across Europe.
Apollo’s Lego idea already has 3,681 supporters. He would need 10,000 supporters for the Lego company to adopt and reproduce the open MRI.
“Hello mga kababayan! I’m Apollo. Please support my Lego Open MRI idea by typing in any search engine “Lego Open MRI”, register, and click support. Thank you!” announced Apollo.—AAC (with reports from Jovic Bermas)
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