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Supplements: Who needs them?

June 8th 2011

The newest of our collaborative reports with NHS Choices on topical issues in the news is now online. After Miracle foods (PDF) we are following up with Supplements: Who needs them?

Many of us take dietary supplements and vitamins hoping to achieve good health, ease our illness, and defy ageing, and the industry is worth hundreds of millions of pounds in the UK. But how do we know which dietary supplements we should take, whether they work, and whether they are safe? Where should we be going for reliable information?

Our report draws on research covered in Behind the Headlines and on key sources of evidence to try and make sense of some of these issues.

Should reading it inspire you to find out more about how science is reported in the media on a daily basis, you can peruse the Behind the Headlines back catalogue.