In fact, the latest research in vitamin science suggests that many previously lauded supplements may be riskier than once thought. And dangers may be greater for those who are savviest about nutrition. “People who take supplements tend to eat better and have higher nutrient intakes than people who don’t,” says Paul R. Thomas, EdD, RD, scientific consultant at the National Institutes of Health’s Office of Dietary Supplements. “Adding supplements on top of a healthy diet increases the risk of getting more than you need.”
Yet it’s tough to judge the value of supplements when news headlines seesaw between recommendations and warnings. So we asked some of the nation’s top supplement experts a simple question: What advice do you give your friends and family about vitamins? Their answers may make you rethink what’s in your medicine cabinet.
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