Dietary Supplements in the Prevention of Dementia

Betty Chaffee/ November 19, 2019/ Dietary Supplements, Self management/ 4 comments

There are many dietary supplements on the market to prevent dementia and age-related cognitive decline. And it turns out that in the US about one in four adults over 50 takes a supplement to maintain or improve brain health. In 2016 alone, about $3 billion was spent globally on supplements for brain health. But what do we really know about the effectiveness of these products? In a previous post about

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Vitamins for Eye Health

Betty Chaffee/ November 11, 2019/ Dietary Supplements, Self management/ 4 comments

All five of our senses are important to maintaining a good quality of life. But when vision is threatened, our independence and even our whole way of life may be at risk. Many of us want to do what we can to keep our eyes healthy, and a question that commonly comes up is whether it’s useful to take vitamins marketed for eye health. But when you go to your

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Dietary Supplements — Wait, supplements to WHAT?

Betty Chaffee/ July 13, 2018/ Dietary Supplements, Medication Management, Medication Therapy Management/ 2 comments

I’m one of the nearly 3/4 of adults in the US taking at least one dietary supplement. Dietary supplements include vitamins, botanicals, herbals, and other substances that are extracted from food sources or made synthetically to mimic chemicals contained in foods, and are intended to increase the quantity consumed in the diet.   So, does that mean that if we all ate a well-balanced diet, we wouldn’t need to use

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Dietary supplements – The importance of potency and purity

Betty Chaffee/ July 5, 2018/ Dietary Supplements, Medication Management, Medication Therapy Management/ 0 comments

What is REALLY in the supplement product you just purchased? At first thought, it might seem a given that a product actually contains the ingredients listed on the label, in the listed amounts. But it turns out that for dietary supplements, that’s not always the case. The production and sale of dietary supplements is a booming industry, with nearly 3/4 of US adults using at least one supplement on a

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