Meetings & Conventions: Short Cuts April 2000
Short Cuts:HEALTH BEAT
Believe it -- or not? That's the question facing consumers
deluged with claims that supplements galore are the answer to all
of their health problems. Many ultra-hyped products not only are
scams, they might be harmful. Nutrition Action
Healthletter, based in Washington, D.C., says the following
are scams, at best .
1. DHEA. It promises to boost vitality and even
make you live longer, but there is no good evidence to back up
those claims, and it might stimulate prostate cancer.
2. Ginseng. Although touted for increasing
energy and stamina, recent studies show it has no such effect.
Another shocker: Some ginseng supplements don't contain any
3. Garcinia Cambogia (hydroxycitrate). The only
solid research on this popular diet pill showed it had no effect on
losing weight. Another study revealed serious adverse effects on
4. Ma Huang (ephedrine). It might help take the
pounds off, but this weight-loss aid also can cause high blood
pressure and possibly death.
5. Ginkgo Biloba. It's the main ingredient of
memory tonics, but there have been no solid studies on the effects
of regular use by healthy people
LOREN G. EDELSTEIN
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