The sentence below just kills me. It’s so emblematic of the times we live in. People make decisions based on feelings, not data, not logic, not wisdom, not thoughtful discernment. It’s all feelings; and, when it comes to vitamin supplements, it’s all bullshit.
“The enthusiasm does tend to outpace the evidence,” said JoAnn Manson, chief of preventive medicine at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
There’s no conclusive evidence that dietary supplements prevent chronic disease in the average American, Manson said. And while a handful of vitamin and mineral studies have had positive results, those findings haven’t been strong enough to recommend supplements to the general U.S. public, she said.
The National Institutes of Health has spent more than $2.4 billion since 1999 studying vitamins and minerals. Yet for “all the research we’ve done, we don’t have much to show for it,” said Barnett Kramer, director of cancer prevention at the National Cancer Institute.