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Need a VITALity Boost? Rethink Vitamin D and Fish Oil Supplements

Need a VITALity Boost? Rethink Vitamin D and Fish Oil Supplements

April 26, 2019

Vitamin D and fish oil (aka omega-3 fatty acids) were the most widely used vitamin and nutritional supplement in 2011-2012.  Both have been commonly touted for their potential benefits in reducing cancer and cardiovascular disease. While vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acid supplements are wildly popular, the evidence supporting their health benefits is inconclusive and inconsistent. The VITAL study sought to determine whether vitamin D and/or marine omega-3 fatty acids can prevent cardiovascular disease (CVD) and cancer when used by the general population.

Guest Authors:  Anthony M Todd, PharmD; Sean E Smithgall, PharmD, BCACP; and Nicole A Slater, PharmD, BCACP

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Vitamin D to Prevent Respiratory Tract Infections: Is the Evidence Dazzling or Disappointing?

Vitamin D to Prevent Respiratory Tract Infections: Is the Evidence Dazzling or Disappointing?

June 26, 2017

Observational studies and systematic reviews have shown an association between low vitamin D concentrations and acute respiratory tract infections (ARTIs). An association is one thing, but can vitamin D supplementation reduce the risk of ARTIs?  That’s what a recent systematic review and meta-analysis attempted to determine.

Guest Author:  Amanda Schartel, Pharm.D., BCACP

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Folic Acid: A Simple Answer to a Very Large Problem?

Folic Acid: A Simple Answer to a Very Large Problem?

July 24, 2015

Stroke is responsible for 1 in 19 deaths in the United States and is the leading cause of long-term disability.  Could something as simple and cheap as folic acid substantially reduce the risk of stroke?  The China Stroke Primary Prevention Trial examined this important question.