The Great Health Supplements Con: How Firms Like Seven Seas And Vitabiotics Exaggerate Benefits Of Pills Used By Millions Says Which?

Joint Health Supplements

Which? said that three products Bioglan Probiotic capsules, Bimuno Prebiotic powder and Seven Seas Cardiomax all made unproven health claims on their packaging and websites. The Bioglan and Bimuno products made unsubstantiated claims that they help maintain digestive health, while the Seven Seas product was wrong to suggest it was necessary for a healthy heart. It has been illegal since December for manufacturers to include health claims on packaging that are not approved by the EU. There is an exception for certain probiotic strains and glucosamine, which must be removed by January 2014.
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Ten million of us take vitamins regularly whether for general health or specific conditions. And we spend a whopping 175 million a year on supplements and pills which contain antioxidants that are claimed to help combat disease. But despite all the promises, the pros and cons of vitamins and supplements are still very debatable and studies show that some can be bad for your health. Debatable: We spend 175million a year on vitamins and supplements but some can be bad for our health Just last month U.S. researchers discovered the routine practice of taking calcium and/or vitamin D supplements to protect against bone loss caused by hormonal therapy for prostate cancer could actually be making patients conditions worse.
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‘Healthy’ vitamins to avoid if you’re ill

Rule book: Calcium is advised to maintain strong bones - but should be avoided if you have kidney disease

Chondroitin use should be avoided in pregnant or lactating women due to lack of clinical safety data in these patient populations.7 Patients should be advised to consult their primary health care provider before taking chondroitin because it may interact with anticoagulants.7,10 Chondroitin is not recommended for use in children. Recommendations The Arthritis Foundation recommends that individuals with knee OA discuss the use of glucosamine and chondroitin with their physicians to ascertain whether these supplements would be appropriate and beneficial to their treatment plan.12 In addition, the American College of Rheumatology 2012 guidelines for hand and knee OA do not recommend the use of these supplements for initial management in individuals with knee OA. The current guidelines can be found at .13 New joint health supplements include Osteo Bi-Flex Triple Strength (Rexall Sundown, Inc; which contains chondroitin, MSM, and 5-LOXIN Advanced) and Osteo Bi-Flex Joint and Energy (Rexall Sundown, Inc; which contains 5-LOXIN and B vitamins). 5-LOXIN is concentrated extract of Boswellia serrata, which is used to manage joint flareups.13 Other new supplements include Flex A Min Glucosamine Chondroitin MSM Triple Strength (United States Nutrition, Inc) and Schiffs Move Free Ultra Omega (RB, LLC). During counseling, patients should be advised of nonpharmacologic measures that may help promote healthy joints, such as losing weight (if needed; excess weight can put stress on the knees), staying active, and maintaining a healthy and balanced diet. Patients medical, medication, and allergy histories should be screened for potential contraindications prior to using these supplements. Patients should also be advised to seek counsel from their primary health care provider before using these supplements, especially if they have a preexisting medical condition and/or are taking medications (to avoid potential interactions with drugs).
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