You've Been Eating These Chemicals In Your Food For Years

Pyridoxal phosphate. Ascorbic and Nicotonic acids. Alpha-Tocopherol. Menadione. You've probably been eating all these chemicals in your food for years — and that's a very good thing. » 1/19/15 9:40am 1/19/15 9:40am

Scientists say vitamins and minerals are "a waste of money"

Americans spend more than $20 billion a year on supplements in hopes of staving off cancer, heart disease, and dementia. Trouble is, the latest research shows they provide no benefit — and they may even be hazardous to our health. But given our nutrient-deprived diets, should we really stop taking these pills… » 12/17/13 12:42pm 12/17/13 12:42pm

How chicken feed lead to the discovery of vitamins

Ever wonder why old-timey health treatments involved eating incredibly weird foods? It's because few people knew exactly what parts of food were nutritious. Until one cook inadvertently cured her chickens of a disease, and started a chain of research that lead to the discovery of vitamins. » 7/17/13 8:40am 7/17/13 8:40am

In 1941, jai alai-loving hillbillies were America's future weapon…

In Captain America, a patriotic beanpole is buffed up with super-steroids and battles the Third Reich using his unconventional star-spangled shield. The following article from the December 1941 issue of the science and engineering magazine Mechanix Illustrated foresaw a similar destiny for real soldiers. » 4/17/12 10:55am 4/17/12 10:55am

Vitamin B-6 may help people remember their dreams

Tired of waking up in the morning with nothing you can use to bore your co-workers or classmates? Sick of restful sleep unburdened by the constant thought of waking life? A lot of rumors, and one study, indicate that Vitamin B-6 might be for you. » 4/07/12 9:30am 4/07/12 9:30am

Vitamins have been linked with a higher risk of death in older women

We sure are seeing an awful lot of correlative findings today, aren't we? Scientists at the University of Minnesota recently revealed that the use of multivitamins and supplements — like folic acid, vitamin B6, magnesium, zinc, copper and iron — are linked to higher death rates among older women. » 10/11/11 12:51pm 10/11/11 12:51pm

Pale-skinned people need more vitamin D than their bodies can actually…

If you're one of those northern European types who burns when they so much as look at the sky, then bad news — you may need to get more vitamin D then you can safely gather from the sun. Alternatively: good news! You don't need to go in the sun to get vitamin D anymore! » 10/07/11 7:20am 10/07/11 7:20am

A Few Simple Vitamins Can Repair Genetic Mutation

It turns out that vitamins are the best way to deal with mutants. A team of researchers at UC Berkeley, led by biologist Jasper Rine, discovered that most people have several small genetic mutations in their genomes that can be fixed with customized vitamin supplements. Vitamins act as patches for genetic mutations,… » 6/02/08 3:23pm 6/02/08 3:23pm