Vitamins and Minerals

Americans' use of many (but not all) dietary supplements declined between 1999 and 2012, is welcomed. But the increased use of some -- particularly vitamin D -- can have deleterious health effects. Hopefully, consumers will pay more attention to the science about supplements, and less to hyperbolic media reports about the latest "miracle" supplement.
As if we needed another supplement story. Between New York s Attorney General Eric Schneiderman s crackdown on retailers that have been selling adulterated or mislabeled supplements, to the discovery of an illegal
We at ACSH have been screaming into the wind about the folly of the supplements industry for years. Supplements are nothing but unregulated drugs, and ending this illogical divide between them and prescription drugs is long overdue.
Erratum: pg. 33, item number 3 reads, in part ...."should take supplements containing 400 mg of folic acid/day." This should read: ..."should take supplements containing 400 micrograms of folic acid/day." - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - EXECUTIVE SUMMARY