Experts emphasize a “food first” approach to nutrients. (Getty Images)
With cold and flu season in full swing, ’tis the season for many Americans to throw back one or more dietary supplements in the hopes of fending off illnesses. And it isn’t just a winter habit; for many they’ve become routine, with nearly 58% of people ages 20 and older reporting using at least one dietary supplement.
But do all those little pills — which make up a multibillion-dollar industry — actually do anything?
Supplements vs. food
Experts say that food trumps supplements as the best source of nutrients. Dr. Marilyn Tan, a clinical associate professor of medicine at Stanford University, explained the
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