Vitamins & Supplements

If you’re pregnant, nursing, or have certain health conditions or nutrient deficiencies, vitamins and supplements may be an important part of your health plan. It’s important to know that just like drugs, these products can have side effects. Unlike drugs, they are not regulated by the FDA. MedShadow’s coverage helps you sort truth from fiction in marketing claims, and lets you know what to watch out for when you’re shopping for supplements.

Essential Information

Vitamin D: Pros and Cons

Is it possible that vitamin D can ward off cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, metabolic disorders, depression, infectious diseases, autoimmune diseases, mortality and even autism? Readers of health articles have...

Calcium Supplements: Pros, Cons & Expert Tips

Everyone needs calcium, right? It seems many people are concerned about avoiding osteoporosis. No one wants to break a bone or develop stooped posture. So should we all load...

The Pros & Cons of Probiotics

Antibiotics are the drugs of choice when it comes to fighting bacterial infections. Without antibiotics, infections such as strep throat or tuberculosis can cause organ damage, even death. But...

Pros & Cons of Taking CoQ10

Americans spend more than $40 billion on vitamins and supplements each year, and increasingly coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is making its way onto their shopping lists. Devotees of the supplement...

Turmeric as a Supplement: Not for Everyone

The natural plant turmeric has many curative powers but must be used carefully to avoid unintended, even dangerous, side effects. Even though it’s been called a “miracle root,” the...

Can Chinese Herbs Reduce Need for Rx Meds?

While gaining greater acceptance among some physicians and patients, Chinese herbs are still shrouded in mystery: What are they exactly? Where do you get them? Do they interfere with...

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Herbal Supplements: 3 Risks for Women

Holistic health is big business in the US, in large part because many companies claim to have health benefits.  This is cause for concern, because in 2012, nonvitamin, nonmineral...

Can I Take This Drug While Pregnant?

In the last week of September 2021, a group of more than 90 doctors and researchers published a call to action, cautioning against the liberal use of Tylenol (acetaminophen)...

Turmeric as a Supplement: Not for Everyone

The natural plant turmeric has many curative powers but must be used carefully to avoid unintended, even dangerous, side effects. Even though it’s been called a “miracle root,” the...

The Pros & Cons of Probiotics

Antibiotics are the drugs of choice when it comes to fighting bacterial infections. Without antibiotics, infections such as strep throat or tuberculosis can cause organ damage, even death. But...