Vitamins & Supplements

Vitamin D Research Roundup

By Becky Wright, Contributing Writer

Findings from the massive VITAL study may have dashed the hope that vitamin D supplementation can prevent cardiovascular disease and cancer. But there are many other reasons to consider using this important vitamin. Here's a roundup of recent findings.

Two Landmark Studies Shed New Light--and Shadow-- on Omega-3s for CVD

By William H. Harris, PhD, Contributing Writer

Two pivotal studies on omega-3s —the long awaited REDUCE-IT and VITAL trials, attempt to clarify the clinical roles of omega-3s for cardiovascular risk reduction. While many of the mainstream headlines took a negative view of the findings, the data actually show some meaningful benefits from omega-3s. Dr. Bill Harris, developer of the Omega-3 Index test, weighs in on the negative and positive messags of these important studies.

Holistic Practitioners Voice Ambivalence on Dietary Supplement Regulations

By Erik Goldman

How do Holistic Primary Care's practitioner-readers feel about the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA)? Over half don't even know what it is. Among those who do recognize DSHEA as the main federal statute regulating dietary supplements, there's considerable ambivalence about the efficacy and the intent of the law.

Formulation Innovation: How New Science Shapes Supplement Product Development

By Erik Goldman, Editor

Research on the impact of various vitamins, minerals, fats, and other nutraceutical substances is progressing at a rapid pace, despite a regulatory system that prohibits supplement companies from using clinical data to make prevention or treatment claims.  None the less, inovative companies are translating new discoveries into a new wave of science-backed supplements.

Supplement Makers Take Action To Reduce Environmental Impact

By Kristen Schepker, Assistant Editor

Healthcare—with its reliance on single-use disposables—is one of the world’s biggest polluters. And the natural products and dietary supplements industries—despite their “clean, green, and healthy” values—do contribute to the deluge of trash and pollution. Fortunately, eco-conscious companies in the natural products sector are responding to the crisis, and leading the charge toward ecological sustainability.

How Supplement Companies Walk Their Wellness Talk

By Ellen Kanner, Contributing Writer

Nutraceutical companies like Klaire Labs, Lonza, and Metagenics appreciate a healthy bottom line, but they also value a healthy workforce. A company that makes a strong and sustained commitment to the health and wellbeing of its own employees is likely to be equally committed to ensuring the quality and safety of its products.

One Year On, CRN Sees Success With Online Supplement Registry

By Erik Goldman, Editor

In the 18 months since it launched, the Council for Responsible Nutrition's "Online Wellness Library" (OWL) has amassed labels and product information from 89 dietary supplement companies representing over 11,000 product labels. The library, an independent and voluntary project, is part of a broader supplement industry movement toward greater transparency and truthfulness.

Is the Time Right to Revise DSHEA?

By Erik Goldman, Editor

The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) has certainly had its share of critics over the 25 years since it was signed into law by then-President Bill Clinton.Some contend the regulation is weak, and that it gives the supplement industry too much latitude, while providing too little consumer protection. On the other side, many argue that the law puts a stranglehold on truthful communication about supplements. Is the time right to revisit--and revise--this landmark law?