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Does anyone know of a definitive reliable source for information on vitamins, supplements and OTC remedies?

Asked by Cruiser (34962 points ) November 1st, 2010

I am wanting to research vitamin and OTC supplements for my own needs and can’t seem to find reliable definitive research on what works and what doesn’t. Either there is someone saying these vitamins, minerals etc. are mini miracles in a pill and they are then trying to sell you them or there is some research of dubious quality that says it is all snake oil.

Links to any research would be welcomed.

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JustmeAman's avatar

Here is a source that I found very informative. This is just a write up but the book was great.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural_Cures_%22They%22_Don't_Want_You_to_Know_About

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Try some of the Rodale Institute/Rodale Press information, just be warned they’re somewhat to the extreme on some of their views.
www.rodaleinstitute.org

jaytkay's avatar

The Mayo Clinic has good summaries of research on many drugs & supplements
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/drug-information/DrugHerbIndex

marinelife's avatar

I think highly of this site. Also, this site from NIH.

Cruiser's avatar

Thanks everybody all great links! The Mayo and NIH links are where I think I will start my learning process!

marinelife's avatar

Good choice, @Cruiser. There is a lot of conflicting information available on herbals and supplements.

I also use PUBMED to find controlled studies on various substances.

DandyDear711's avatar

Here is an excellent sources – Harvard, Mass General people.

Natural Standard – http://www.naturalstandard.com/

Cruiser's avatar

Most excellent link @DandyDear711! I like the section on interactions….Just what I was looking for!! Thank you!

Aster's avatar

I have a fun but unprofessional way to research them: I go to vitacost.com and read what their customers say. I’ve posted on there myself. lol Yes; my posts show up later.

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