Here’s what you might have missed from today’s live, in-studio show!
The IX Great Big Home and Garden Expo
Love In A Bottle
6215 HiTek Court
- Reuscher-Haart Piesporter Riesling
- Summers La Nude Chardonnay
- Monkey Business Cabernet
- Il Cuore Zinfandel
- Big Fire Pinot Noir
Orchid Mania – This Side of Paradise
Feb 11- March 25
Admission: $9.50 for adults
Jimmy Malone – SPIRE Basketball
Vitamin Supplement Questions
1) “I can get all the nutrients I need from supplements”
- Although supplements may provide the intended vitamin or mineral, recent research has shown to get the full disease fighting benefits from vegetables for example, the food is recommended over the supplement. This is especially in the case of phytochemicals which have been shown to be poorly absorbed and much less beneficial in the supplement form. Phytochemicals are plant chemicals that have protective properties. Research has demonstrated that they may protect humans from disease. There are more than a thousand known phytochemicals. Some of the well-known phytochemicals are lycopene in tomatoes, isoflavones in soy and flavanoids in fruits.
2) “Choosing supplements with the term “all natural” on the label is healthier and safer”
- The term “all natural” is not an official term regulated by the federal government. Unlike drug products, there are no provisions in the law for FDA to “approve” dietary supplements for safety or effectiveness before they reach the consumer. Dietary supplements are not required by federal law to be tested for safety and effectiveness before they are marketed, so the amount of scientific evidence available for various supplement ingredients varies widely.
3) “I should load up on vitamins and herbs to treat my cold or flu”
- Some common supplements many use to “treat” an flu or cold are commonly used for colds—echinacea, vitamin C, and zinc. On a review of the research, some reports have shown some limited evidence that echinacea may be useful for treating colds in adults. But in three NCCAM-funded trials found no benefit from echinacea for preventing or treating colds and further research is necessary.
- In regards to Vitamin C, mixed evidence exists. A 2009 review of the research on vitamins and minerals for colds concluded that vitamin C supplementation has shown some potential for treating colds; the review noted, however, that few therapeutic trials have been published (none studying children) and that more research is needed to determine optimal doses and treatment strategies. Vitamin C is generally considered safe; however, side effects have been reported when taken in high doses.
- Zinc: A 2009 review of the research on vitamins and minerals for colds noted that variations in the results of zinc lozenge trials are related mainly to variations in dosage, and that doses of more than 70 mg per day have consistently reduced the duration of colds; the review concluded that zinc has shown potential for treating colds, and that additional research is needed to determine optimal doses and treatment strategies.
- Please visit the National Institute of Health’s website for information on supplements at nih.gov